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Inventing Reality Editing Service
Hudson, WI
Rob Bignell, Editor
Interests: Editing, Self-Publishing, Writing, Marketing
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From the 1920s through the 1940s, radio served as Americans’ primary way to receive news and entertainment. A radio sat at the center of their living rooms, where families would gather each evening to laugh together, enjoy the latest jazz tune, root for their favorite sports team, and catch the... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Inventing Reality Editing Service
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Two recent editing clients of mine, Karl Bort and Thekla Madsen, have published their latest crime thriller, “Angry Nurse.” When wealthy Cleveland businessman David Feighan is admitted to St. Luke’s Behavioral Health Unit in a catatonic state, he “miraculously” recovers in the presence of Nurse Joshua Ramsey. David insists his... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Inventing Reality Editing Service
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Writers new to self-publishing often run into the abbreviation ASIN and find themselves confused. Is it the same as an International Standard Book Number (ISBN)? Does one need an ISBN if you have an ASIN? ASIN stands for Amazon Standard Identification Number, a 10-character alphanumeric identifier used by Amazon.com and... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Inventing Reality Editing Service
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A great way to increase your ebook sales is to offer it for purchase directly from your website. This would be done not via a link to your ebook’s Amazon.com landing page but by installing the actual ability to purchase and download it from your website. There are several advantages... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Inventing Reality Editing Service
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Writers feel with passion. Even if they don’t outwardly show their emotions, happiness often is experienced as a rapturous joy while a small rebuke instantly evokes self-doubt. Feelings always wash over and through the writer. Indeed, sometimes for writers, life flows like the cycles of waves crashing upon the shore... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Inventing Reality Editing Service
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Among the most popular genres today is the coming-of-age story. Tales in this genre focus on the protagonist’s psychological and moral growth from youth to adulthood. This can run the gamut from a young adult novel about teenagers to literary novels in which children, teens and even young adults star... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at Inventing Reality Editing Service
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A recent editing client has published a sequel to her mystery series, and it made the #1 NEW RELEASE ON AMAZON for paperbacks in its category! Alexi Venice's "Amanda’s Dragonfly, The San Francisco Mystery Series, Book 2," explores the triangle of Amanda Hawthorne, a powerful District Attorney in San Francisco,... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at Inventing Reality Editing Service
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The purpose of our nightly dreams remains unclear, for they appear to be void of any consistent meaning. In literature, however, dreams are quite the opposite. Chock full of symbolism, they can help define the character and advance the plot by foreshadowing events. This device in fiction is known as... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at Inventing Reality Editing Service
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Writing is textual painting in which the elements of fiction – plot, characters, setting, point of view, theme, and style – are arranged to create a piece of art. Because of this, some work by hack writers look like a kid’s painting. Others show more sophistication and flair, fine enough... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at Inventing Reality Editing Service
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Among the many features often noted on Kindle book sales pages is the “X-Ray function.” Besides sounding like it’s out of a superhero comic book, the option for adding this feature is never offered when writers upload their book at KindleDP, leaving many of them to wonder what it is.... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at Inventing Reality Editing Service
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What people from history can you name? Shakespeare? Julius Caesar? George Washington? Jesus? Galileo? The names likely fall into one of four categories – famous generals/political leaders (in most societies, the same thing), famous religious figures, famous scientists/inventors, and famous writers. And in many cases, those famous people who we... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Inventing Reality Editing Service
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If looking to increase your income, writing a book that leads people to purchasing your services or products is a great idea. Suppose that you are a financial adviser. Why not pen a book about how to invest your money? Are you a dentist? How about a book on how... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Inventing Reality Editing Service
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Whenever using a pronoun, it must refer to something previously mentioned in the sentence, paragraph, or story. For example, in the previous sentence, it refers to pronoun. You’ll also notice that I used it rather than he or they. That’s because a pronoun also must agree with the number, gender... Continue reading
Posted May 19, 2017 at Inventing Reality Editing Service
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Is there anything more embarrassing for a writer than mixing up two similar-sounding words? Well, a lot of writers must be embarrassed these days, because than and then keep showing up wrong in manuscripts I edit. Than is used when you want to compare two things, such as Jane kisses... Continue reading
Posted May 19, 2017 at Inventing Reality Editing Service
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Among the most important decisions a fiction writer can make is what point of view to use in a story. Point of view determines what aspects of a story will be left out and deeply affects how the reader relates to the main character and interprets the tale’s message. The... Continue reading
Posted May 18, 2017 at Inventing Reality Editing Service
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Among the many but little-known advantages that an ebook can offer is text-to-speech, also known as TTS. TTS uses a computer-generated voice to read text aloud. It is available in most smartphones, tablets and laptops; for older hardware lacking TTS, third-party apps usually are available. TTS sometimes is referred to... Continue reading
Posted May 17, 2017 at Inventing Reality Editing Service
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Often the secret to writing a good story is to create a memorable protagonist. After all, usually the most relatable element of a book for readers are the characters. Readers will see something in the protagonist that matches who they are or who they wish to be. Indeed, years after... Continue reading
Posted May 16, 2017 at Inventing Reality Editing Service
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After a day of heavy lifting that leaves muscles aching, a good back rub often ensures you feel better again. And when your mind starts racing, getting stuck in repetitive, negative thoughts that just won’t go away, do writing can serve as a good mental massage that soothes your stressed... Continue reading
Posted May 16, 2017 at Inventing Reality Editing Service
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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