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The Skinny on All Things Arizona: author J. Carson Black

I've never lived in Arizona, but I could probably make my way around there better than most newcomers just by having read so many J. Carson Black novels. Specifically today, I'm encouraging readers to try the J. Carson Black trifecta: three brilliant crime novels featuring Detective Laura Cardinal, including Darkness on the Edge of Town, Darkside of the Moon, and the Devil's Hour (my personal favorite) -- all in one convenient package. It is rare to experience a series of...

Demand a Reciprocity of Your Passion — “Guts,” Part 2

~~by Editor Jan  (Part 2 in the "Guts" blog) Authors: Demand a reciprocity of your passion! Surround yourself with professionals who match your intensity for each written word in your manuscript; who look at things from new angles and will share those with you, respectfully and with good humor; and who enjoy the new flavors of innovation. This doesn’t have to be expensive, mysterious, or time-consuming. Be relentless and demanding in your selection of creative people who can assist you not just...

Guts: Where the Rubber Meets the Road

~~ by Editor Jan Fix When it comes to developing a powerful novel, today's authors must have some uncompromising, new-and-improved kind of guts. As impressive as any creative team may be with its credentials and experience, it is merely ordinary without a unique, bold instinct for raising the bar and a bulldog tenacity for superiority on all levels. Today's authors must demand this extraordinary team.  Whether that's just one professional editor or a slew of design and marketing experts, to excel beyond...

Born on a Buzzard’s Stump by Alva Harris

This book is Five-Star Verve.  Recommendation by Janet Fix   This memoir simultaneously takes you back in time and tickles your present-day musings.  One of the most entertaining examples of story-telling based on fact that I have ever had the pleasure of editing -- or reading!  I'm interested in hearing your comments as well. Order here or on Amazon: http://shop.boutiqueofqualitybooks.com/Born-on-a-Buzzards-Stump-The-Epic-Saga-of-a-Man-and-His-Myth-978-1-937084-12-7.htm    

Final Proofreading Finesse

by Jan Fix, owner/editor I submitted this piece recently to a local publisher in hopes of creating some ground rules for final proofreads.  As you may or may not realize, there are several levels of editing, the very last level is a final proofread before and after typesetting.  This addresses the necessary (but not all-encompassing) elements of final proofread (after mechanical and content edits).  If you are a writer or editor of any kind, it would behoove you to take...

WOW Moments

by Jan Fix, owner/editor During my daily encounters with our customers, this country's students, teachers, publishers, writers, and other business professionals, and with my fellow editors at thewordverve, I am reminded to appreciate and admire our many talents and gifts. I can be pouring my coffee in the morning or about to close the computer for the night.  I can be eating a PB&J or writing a check.  I can be transcribing an interview or redlining a letter.  And suddenly I...

Don’t Leave Your Cake Out in the Rain!

In the spirit of encouraging success for the rapidly increasing numbers of self-published authors, the article below warrants repeating. I just finished a book series on my Kindle, and was disturbed at the number of errors therein.  It broke my concentration and made me look at the works with a much lowered sense of admiration, which is a shame, because the storyline is great. After all the heart and soul that goes into creating a written piece, don't make the mistake...

Coloring in the Lines

I'm working with a most wonderful writer from North Carolina at the moment, and through the editing/writing processes, I am reminded of something important in the successful transportation of a writer's thoughts and feelings to the reader's open mind. A successful writer knows how to color.  How to take a crayon, or two or three, and work within the lines of his story to bring it to life. Sometimes we make the writing process so cumbersome and just plain un-fun.  My...