Monthly Archives: April 2013

Is Your Book Slow Out of the Gate?

Is your book opening slow? It may be tempting to open it gradually with an everyday scene. Perhaps your character is getting ready for school or work. Maybe they’re pondering their life. Maybe they’re staring into the mirror having a … Continue reading

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Transient World of Social Media

Our digital world rushes by so quick… it’s as if we see our lives in microseconds. My band of wonderful minds; Susanne Ramharter, Simon Grew, Bitte Rozalia, R. Harlan Smith and Adam Boenig had a great conversation about the Transient … Continue reading

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The Laundry List

In the last post, I briefly touched on the laundry list. Let’s explore this a bit further. What is a laundry list? It can literally be a list of adjectives you use to describe a person, place or thing. For … Continue reading

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Too Flowery?

I read a great post the other day on styles that turn agents off. (You can read it here.) It has inspired this post and, I’m sure, many more to follow. This one is on flowery prose. You know the … Continue reading

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How to Approach an Editor

When your book is ready for an editor, you’ve reached the next stage in your book’s development. If you’ve never done this before, it can be exciting. Daunting. Intimidating, even. How do you go about it? Here are my recommendations … Continue reading

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PR or Page Rank… Do We Truly Rank?

I’m interested in seeing how Google+ could evolve as a heaven for writers. Google’s “author rank” could become more important than actual blogging, if writers bring their quality written content, books and flash fiction too social media. Being tracked on … Continue reading

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Punctuation

You may think punctuation is a boring topic, but I beg to differ. It’s more than a tedious lecture in English class. Victor Borge did an extremely funny bit about punctuation where each mark had its own particular noise. There … Continue reading

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Why An Editor? They Get You, Your Best Book!

Rakestraw Book Design’s Editing Services Published on Apr 15, 2013 RAKESTRAW BOOK DESIGN LIVE EVENTS… Short Takes! Why An Editor by Toni Rakestraw Why do you need an editor? Every writer needs an editor. Even famous best-selling authors need editors … Continue reading

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Do You Really Need an Edit?

The answer is, of course, a resounding YES. And I’m not just saying that because I’m an editor. Let’s explore this a little bit. Your book represents you. You want people to buy it, and subsequently, any future books you … Continue reading

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Semantic Web… Who is Following Who?

I had another fantastic time with my merry band of wonderful minds… David Amerland, Bitte Rozalia, Susanne Ramharter, Cowboy aka Simon Grew, R. Harlan Smith, Adam Boenig and Omar Bilal. We talked how Semantic Web and Search could change the … Continue reading

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