Save Money on Professional Edits—6 Easy Ways to Clean Up Your Own Manuscript

Kristen Lamb's Blog


Over my career I have literally edited thousands of works, most of them written by emerging writers. My greatest frustration always was (and still is) when I couldn’t even GET to critiquing the deeper story elements because I was too distracted by these all too common oopses.

Good editors are NOT cheap. There are also many editors who charge by the hour. If they’re spending their time fixing oopses you could’ve easily repaired yourself? You’re burning cash and time. Yet, correct these problems, and editors can more easily get to the MEAT of your novel. This means you will spend less money and get far higher value.

#1 The Brutal Truth about Adverbs, Metaphors and Similes

I have never met an adverb, simile, or metaphor I didn’t LOVE. I totally dig description, but it can present problems.

First of all, adverbs are not ALL evil. Redundant adverbs are evil. If…

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Come Work at Zaxby’s! #indescribablygood

Benji Martin

What’s up? As you may or may not know, aside from my music career, I am also currently employed as a cook at Zaxby’s in Thomasville, North Carolina, where Shelly Leibel is the General Manager. If you would like to work at this location, roll on down to Zaxby’s at 1148 Randolph Street in Thomasville, and ask Shelly or another member of our Management Team for a job application. Tell ’em Benji sent ya!

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Take Advantage Of Smorgasbord’s Free Promos in 2017

Nicholas C. Rossis

Sally Cronin | From the blog of Nicholas C. Rossis, author of science fiction, the Pearseus epic fantasy series and children's books

Sally Cronin of Smorgasbord is a tireless supporter of writers in general and a wonderful friend of Indies in particular. She regularly offers for free services that others charge an arm and a leg for. For example, in 2016 she built the Cafe and Bookstore which now includes 120 authors and some 500 books.

Now, Sally wants to build up on this and use it as a promotional platform. At least twice a week, she will do a Cafe and Bookstore Update featuring the authors who are in the bookstore with their latest release and a review of their previous books, or with the most recent review for their last release. With three authors per update, this also results in extra coverage, as she asks the authors to share on their own networks. This drives more traffic to the post, benefiting all authors in the Cafe.

The second best

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#PoweredByIndie: Amazon’s Latest Indie Initiative

Nicholas C. Rossis

Amazon New Year New Stories | From the blog of Nicholas C. Rossis, author of science fiction, the Pearseus epic fantasy series and children's books

Chris McMullen alerted me to a brand new Amazon initiative that aims at supporting Indie authors: the #PoweredByIndie hashtag. Amazon is encouraging indie authors to use the #PoweredByIndie hashtag on relevant social media posts, namely your own writing resolutions and indie book recommendations. So, be sure to add the tag to any tweets and posts about your Indie books, and hopefully they will be featured on Amazon.

Specifically, Amazon has created a landing page for indie authors’ writing resolutions and recommendations for indie books (it’s worth exploring, as the page includes many books and audio books geared toward writing and publishing):

Also check out regularly the Amazon KDP Facebook page for information straight from the horse’s mouth and various publishing tips:

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Google Search Ranking Factors

Wikie Pedia

Google search ranking factors study released by Searchmetrics, it measured the top 20 search results for 10,000 keywords on key takeaways from the study.

  • The URLs with the highest content relevance are those on positions 3 to 6.
  • Desktop content is around a third longer than mobile content.
  • In 2016, just 53 % of the top 20 URLs included the keyword in their title.
  • The Time on Site for the top 10 URLs is 3 minutes and 10 seconds.
  • The average Bounce Rate for URLs on the first page of search results is 46 percent.
  • The pages occupying positions 1 through 3 have an average Click-Through Rate of 36 percent.
  • Almost half of web pages in the top 10 now use of HTTPS encryption.
  • 86 percent of the top 10 domains now use the .com TLD.
  • Pages ranking for mobile are around a third smaller in terms of file…

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