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Changing Tacks or Tacts?

Whatever your character is doing isn’t working. Time to change tactics. There’s also a similar phrase–to change tack. But the two words–tack and tactic–are actually not related. Tacking is what sailors do with sails in order to take advantage of the wind. So when used idiomatically, the phrase means you (or your character) are adjusting ...

Tools of the Trade

You may have wondered about the tools editors use. A dictionary is probably the first thing that comes to mind. But which one? A grammar book, probably. Although, again, which one? There are tons of books out there for just about every grammatical and craft question you can imagine. But there are two main references ...

An Editor’s Tips for Selecting an Editor

As an indie author, or self-publisher, you have a lot of hats to wear. Not only are you worrying about writing a book, quite an endeavor on its own, you’re also assuming the publisher’s role. This means that to be successful, you’ll make arrangements for editing, proofreading, formatting, cover art, and final-pass readers. Let’s take ...