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Blood From Your Own Pen: A practical guide on Self-Editing and common mistakes For beginning Authors Who Intend to Survive to Publication. Paperback – April 7, 2017
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About the Author
A Colorado native, Sam Knight spent ten years in California’s wine country before returning to the Rockies. When asked if he misses California, he gets a wistful look in his eyes and replies he misses the green mountains in the winter, but he is glad to be back home. As well as being Distribution Manager for WordFire Press, he is Senior Editor for Villainous Press and the author of five children’s books, three short story collections, two novels, and more than two dozen short stories, including two media tie-ins co-authored with Kevin J. Anderson. A stay-at-home father, Sam attempts to be a full-time writer, but there are only so many hours left in a day after kids. Once upon a time, he was known to quote books the way some people quote movies, but now he claims having a family has made him forgetful, as a survival adaptation. He can be found at SamKnight.com and contacted at email@example.com.
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This simple sentence is the perfect description of Blood From Your Own Pen by Sam Knight.
“Do I need a comma in this sentence?” “Should I insert an em-dash or an ellipsis?” “Is this verb appropriate in my dialogue tag?” “How can I tell the difference between a passive voice and an active voice?” These are great questions, and the answers in this book will improve a writers ability to engage an audience and avoid grammatical distractions.
Time is a fickle beast, and it wreaks havoc on a writer’s memory. A writing technique someone hasn’t used in some time could be helpful in new material, but that little nugget of knowledge might have slipped through the cracks of history, unable to assist in perfecting prose. Do you want a great refresher to bring it back to life? This book will jolt the memory toolbox and put the panache back in pen.
So, do yourself a favor and buy a copy of this book. Your readers will thank you for it.
Beginners will get a lot out of it, and even advanced/professional writers may find it useful.
There is a lot of solid, practical advice here, so this guide has earned a spot on my reference shelf.