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Inventing Reality Editing Service
Hudson, WI
Rob Bignell, Editor
Interests: Editing, Self-Publishing, Writing, Marketing
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Man vs. nature A man is trapped in inhospitable conditions (e.g. top of a mountain in a blizzard, on a jungle island, on an oxygenless planet) where nature holds the upper hand. Rather than accept his apparent fate of dying at nature’s hands, how through forethought does the main character... Continue reading
Posted Mar 30, 2017 at Inventing Reality Editing Service
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Indie authors often face great difficulty getting their titles into brick-and-mortar bookstores. While mom and pop stores almost always are interested in local authors, the large chains often sell their shelf space and only want big selling books pushed by large publishing houses (as those houses offer favorable deals on... Continue reading
Posted Mar 30, 2017 at Inventing Reality Editing Service
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“We write to strengthen our soul and the spirit of other souls.” - Lailah Gifty Akita “To paint an image and to write a poem, is to reclaim the dignity and personal joy...it is an invitation for my creative contemplation of an opened mind...it is a storytelling venture on a... Continue reading
Posted Mar 29, 2017 at Inventing Reality Editing Service
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Among the major challenges facing fiction writers is creating a protagonist who readers will like. After all, if readers loathe the character, they probably aren’t going to continue with the book. In fact, they may wrongly decide that you’re an author who always creates unlikable characters and not purchase your... Continue reading
Posted Mar 29, 2017 at Inventing Reality Editing Service
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How many times has a conversation led to you saying that you’ve written a book? The other person usually responds with awe and asks what the book is about. Wouldn’t it be nice to hand them a copy of your book as you answer their questions? It’s why I always... Continue reading
Posted Mar 28, 2017 at Inventing Reality Editing Service
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In the real world, too often things don’t work out as they “should,” despite our seemingly foolproof plans. That can lead to a general funk. And if life repeatedly doesn’t work out, each passing year our cynicism about the world can grow. When writing, however, things can work out. In... Continue reading
Posted Mar 28, 2017 at Inventing Reality Editing Service
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Sometimes the thought an author wishes to convey gets confusing once written because several pronouns are needed in it. For example: If your kids don’t like those cookies, they must be really bad. The sentence leaves the reader wondering who is bad – the kids or the cookies? This problem... Continue reading
Posted Mar 27, 2017 at Inventing Reality Editing Service
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Stories are all around us; they mark the undercurrent that drives the ocean of civilization – always present, often just under the surface, always pulling you under into their flow when you least expect it. We tell and listen to anecdotes, we read stories, we watch them acted on the... Continue reading
Posted Mar 27, 2017 at Inventing Reality Editing Service
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Let’s get, ahem, into the difference between these two sets of words. Into means movement, as in We headed into the restaurant. In to, however, means nothing; the two words actually appear coincidentally together in a sentence, as sometimes they are part of other, adjacent constructs. For example, in might... Continue reading
Posted Mar 27, 2017 at Inventing Reality Editing Service
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Sometimes sentences are too complex or too long to read because no punctuation or conjunction is used to connect ideas. When two clauses that could be independent sentences are joined that way, you’ve written a run-on sentence. Consider the following run-on sentence: Heavy wind and rain struck the area Tuesday,... Continue reading
Posted Mar 25, 2017 at Inventing Reality Editing Service
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Indie authors always should keep track of their business transactions via journals and ledgers. A journal is used to record all business transactions – meaning income and expenses. All of these transactions should be shown in the supporting documents (sales slips, invoices, etc.) that you’re keeping and filing. You may... Continue reading
Posted Mar 25, 2017 at Inventing Reality Editing Service
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A lot of people really mess up these three words. In fact, I’m surprised that they’ve not used up the world’s allotment of allowable mistakes for this trio. A lot is not a word. It actually is two words that refer to a grouping or patch of property, as in... Continue reading
Posted Mar 25, 2017 at Inventing Reality Editing Service
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When formatting your manuscript for conversion to ebook, don’t use the tab key to indent paragraphs. Doing so usually results in your manuscript being declined for publication…or worse, being accepted for publication while looking like a mess. When formatting a paperback in MS Word, using the tab key for indentation... Continue reading
Posted Mar 24, 2017 at Inventing Reality Editing Service
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Among the most important events in our lives are various rites of passage – confirmation, high school graduation, drinking for the first time, obtaining a driver’s license, marriage, firstborn child. Often in fiction the protagonist also undergoes a symbolic rite of passage. Called an initiation, the story centers on the... Continue reading
Posted Mar 24, 2017 at Inventing Reality Editing Service
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“Book-buyers aren’t attracted, by and large, by the literary merits of a novel; book-buyers want a good story to take with them on the airplane, something that will first fascinate them, then pull them in and keep them turning the pages.” - Stephen King “We are all apprentices in a... Continue reading
Posted Mar 23, 2017 at Inventing Reality Editing Service
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“...All artists’ work is autobiographical. Any writer’s work is a map of their psyche. You can really see what their concerns are, what their obsessions are, and what interests them.” - Kim Addonizio “...when I write a book or a story, I...am the only one speaking, no matter how I... Continue reading
Posted Mar 23, 2017 at Inventing Reality Editing Service
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A recent editing client has published her first book. Monica Di Santi’s “Fun with Languages: Tips and Tricks to Master Foreign Languages Easily” is a comprehensive hands-on guide that helps you improve your command of foreign languages, build self-confidence, and understand why you're failing in certain areas beyond your linguistic... Continue reading
Posted Mar 23, 2017 at Inventing Reality Editing Service
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All stories, no matter which genre, consists of plot, characters, setting, point of view and theme. How those various elements are weaved together is called narrative structure. This structure marks the way that your story is presented to readers for them to experience. As you might imagine, there are countless... Continue reading
Posted Mar 20, 2017 at Inventing Reality Editing Service
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Among the most frightening aspects of a nightmare – whether in sleep or metaphorically in real life, – is that there seems to be no escape. The phantom gives constant chase, the terror remains unrelenting. We have no control of the situation. Writing, in contrast, ranks among those few acts... Continue reading
Posted Mar 20, 2017 at Inventing Reality Editing Service
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Sometimes as an indie author you need to withdraw their book from sale at Amazon.com. Maybe you’ve come up with a new cover or have rewritten the book and don’t want the older version up for sale. Maybe you’ve run into contractual or other legal issues that prevent you from... Continue reading
Posted Mar 20, 2017 at Inventing Reality Editing Service
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Just because you have a lot of people on your email marketing list doesn’t mean you’ll sell more books. What matters is the quality of those subscribers. You don’t want to send emails to a thousand people who never buy your book but to 10 people who always will. Fortunately,... Continue reading
Posted Mar 19, 2017 at Inventing Reality Editing Service
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Once you’ve decided on a topic for your email marketing campaign, you’ll need to craft a message. This is where the hard work begins. An email marketing message consists of two major parts. The first is the subject line. This is what the reader will see in his ebook even... Continue reading
Posted Mar 19, 2017 at Inventing Reality Editing Service
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Anytime you use email marketing to encourage book sales, you’re engaging in a campaign. Such campaigns shouldn’t simply say “buy my book” but instead ought to deliver “news” to readers about your titles. Given this, email marketing campaigns for your book should not be sent daily and usually not even... Continue reading
Posted Mar 19, 2017 at Inventing Reality Editing Service
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The key to selling books is to “make contact with” or reach potential readers of your titles. After all, if a reader doesn’t know about your book, she can’t purchase it. Among the best ways to reach readers is through email marketing. Email marketing involves sending people emails that promote... Continue reading
Posted Mar 19, 2017 at Inventing Reality Editing Service
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Readers of paper books have come to expect that a new chapter begins on a new page, even if that means blank white space at the bottom of the page where the last chapter ended. As all of us live in an era where paper books still are part of... Continue reading
Posted Mar 18, 2017 at Inventing Reality Editing Service