Category Archives: copyediting

Get the Most for Your Editing Buck

No, this isn’t a sale. We covered this topic in a Google Hangout on Air. Believe it or not, there are ways to make sure you get the most out of your editing dollar. If you go back through the … Continue reading

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Off to the Fair

Today my dear hubby and I will be at the Lane County Fair from 11 to 5 PST with a bunch of other authors signing books (if you’re in the neighborhood, drop by and get a copy of Titanic Deception), … Continue reading

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Get Thee to an Editor

Pesky errors got you down? Tired of hearing you’re using ‘reign’ instead of ‘rein’? Does trying to figure out the difference between the two leave your head in a tizzy? Do you love the word ‘that’? Do you capitalize your … Continue reading

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Grammar Plays with Content… Composition Plays with the Process

Both of these are important to writing, but regrettably the way we are taught writing focuses mostly on grammar or the content. We are overlooking the more interesting aspect of writing, the one I love best, composition. This is the … Continue reading

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The Journey to Self-Publishing… Having a Great Product!

Google Self-Publishing used to mean that you went to a vanity press or print shop that specialized in printing books. You would get 1000 books printed up, take them home and start pushing your book around to your family, friends … Continue reading

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Not just any book… YOUR BOOK!

At Rakestraw Book Design and Your Master Class, we want you to have the best book possible. Not just any book… YOUR BOOK! We work with you, helping you manifest your story, your characters and getting your book the way … Continue reading

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Editors… What the Hell Good are They?

By John Rakestraw First of all, editors should never be mean… now, they may want you to grow as a writer and at times that can take you out of your comfort zone. Editors only want the best for you, … Continue reading

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Going Mad?

You have toiled over your manuscript for weeks, months, maybe even years. You’ve written and rewritten more times than you can count. You’ve removed scenes and sentences you’ve loved in the effort to make your book ready to publish. Finally, … Continue reading

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Why Do I Edit?

I have been asked why I wanted to be an editor occasionally over the years. The truth is… I can’t help it. I unconsciously edit everything I read. My family will tell you my outrage when I find an error … Continue reading

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Copyediting

Copyediting consists of more than proofreading. An experienced copyeditor can usually get through 5 to 10 pages per hour doing basic editing. If more substantial copyediting is needed, they may only get through 2 to 5 pages per hour. This … Continue reading

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