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Dialogue 101

A number of years ago, I put myself out there to edit other peoples work. I didn’t represent myself as a professional with years of experience—that would have been a lie—but I explained that I had acquired a pretty good

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Word Frequency Counters – An Essential Tool for Writers

You punch out a hundred-thousand words of brilliant prose. How many different words do you think are contained in your work? I’ve found that I use about six to seven-thousand words in each of my manuscripts. Of course, walk, walked,

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Adverbs Are Not the Enemy

It’s the inappropriate and unnecessary use of these modifiers of verbs that gets writers into trouble. Overusing them is a sign of lazy writing, and while some editor and critics are uber-sensitive to every appearance, you can’t leaf through a

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How to Achieve Rankings

There’s no doubt that exposure is key to successful book sales. Print or Kindle (eBook in general), appearing on the first page of a search, especially up high, displays your work to more eyeballs, which are ultimately connected to a

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How Long Should a Novel Be?

Word count versus page count: Word count is the currency of book length. Page count–in printed books only, of course– is the result of manipulating type size, leading (pronounced ledding) which is the amount of space between lines, and page

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Marketing Your Book

Trying to distill the essence of marketing a book is like creating a system for winning the lottery. Here are a few perspectives of ours that, candidly, buck some of the notions presented in the hundreds of—mostly self-published—books on marketing

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The Most Common Writing Mistakes

Preparing a list of writing mistakes is a wild duplication of effort, as there are dozens of books, blogs, and fora to guide you. In this list, we provide a taste of what you should look for when self-editing. Also,

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Format for Submitting a Manuscript

While there is no absolute standard in the industry, the following specifications for preparing your manuscript will be acceptable to most agents and publishers, and is the format you must use for submissions to Comfy Chair Publishers. Whatever word processor

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Writers’ Must-Have Books on Writing

You have a reason for writing. If you’re compiling a memoir or a biography of a cherished relative for the benefit of friends and family, but have no interest in publishing to a wider audience, self-publishing is the best route.

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Self Editing: The First Draft is Only the Beginning

Once you’ve typed that last line, sit back, breathe deeply, and take great pride. Many people say, “I’d like to write a book,” but you’ve just accomplished what 99%+ never will. Whether your work will be published or not, you’ve

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