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Using a Style Guide to Avoid Reader Fatigue

Reader fatigue is real. Some books are an effortless read regardless of elevated word use, plot complication, or how technical the subject is. Then there are the others. The ones you want to love but make you tired. And you don’t know why. Read on…

5 Reasons in Favor of the Sample Edit

In the process of hiring an editor, many writers, publishers, and businesses request to see an editor’s prior work with “before and after” views, so they can assess the editor’s capabilities. Others expect a sample edit instead, aka, a test. There is much debate about which of the two options works for all involved. I have experienced both processes as an editor and writer, and I am a huge fan of the sample edit. Here’s why…

The Secret Power of Permission

Editorial: Simple things carry the most power. Permission lives in every nook and cranny of our lives. The choice to use, accept or share its power is entirely ours. Over a year ago, a teenager I knew nothing of reminded me how simple its power truly is.

Can ChatGPT Make One Taller? Asking for a friend…

All at once, it seems this chatty, Generative Pre-Trained Transformer (ChatGPT) can do miraculous things. But no, it can’t make one taller. I checked. However, it can produce within minutes, approximately 200 non-shaming words in a conversational tone* about how I could feel better being a vertically challenged person. Click on the heading for more…

Creating Your House Style

Also known as style sheets, House Style is a roadmap authors, publishers, and organizations often use to maintain consistency across all content. Think of it as a living document with a flexible personality that helps reduce sloppiness and brings clarity to your prose. Style sheets are not meant to be a massive compilation of directions requiring memorization through bloodshot eyes. Instead, they are a snapshot, a friendly guide, a helpful tool your copywriters, editors, and proofreaders often refer to. Click on the heading for more…

Use Your Words

Your words mirror who you are as a person or as an organization. They can motivate a room of like-minded individuals or bring consensus to a roomful of opposition. Their use will illuminate something real or make real something imaginary. Words are powerful magic. Click on the heading for more…