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Monday, October 22, 2012

Publisher Harvey Stanbrough Gives The Seven Writerly Sins


I met Harvey Stanbrough through a Ning group (a listserve) a few years ago and we connected again on LinkedIn. And he's doing all kinds of new services for writers so I thought I'd introduce my followers to him here at The Frugal, Smart, and Tuned-In Editor with these editing-related freebies. Yay for freebies but yay for people interested in helping other writers.  Here is information straight from the pen of Harvey!
Teaching the Reasons Behind the Rules
There are a lot of “rules” to writing in English, and even if you learn all of them, they don’t cover every situation. But why try to memorize a bunch of arbitrary rules anyway? Instead, learn the reasons behind the rules and toss out all those conflicting references.
In each weekly blog post at, we address another nuts-and-bolts topic of writing that’s valuable for all skill levels. In addition to our popular full-length books Writing Realistic Dialogue & Flash Fiction and Punctuation for Writers, we have several single-topic ebooks on writing, including Self-Editing for Writers, Creating Realistic Characters, Writing Dialect, Writing Great Beginnings and many others.
Here’s an excerpt from The Seven Writerly Sins: Common Snags in Writing Narrative
Your primary purpose as a writer is to avoid interrupting your reader. After all, when she's completely absorbed in reading your novel, why would you want to do anything to interrupt her? The short answer is, You wouldn't.
But if you really want to live the whole "struggling, starving writer" experience, unable to find a market for your work even after you've received rave reviews from your mom, your good sibling, and that one otherwise eerie uncle who lives alone in that cabin out past the cemetery, just commit one or more of these seven writerly sins. This invaluable little book is packed with often humorous looks at Unnecessary or Excessive Text, Beating the Reader Over the Head, Misplaced Modifiers, Inanity, Erroneous Facts, The Infamous Gave, and State of Being Verbs.
To get your free copy of The Seven Writerly sins, Subscribe Today!
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Harvey Stanbrough is an award-winning, National Book Award nominated writer, editor and writing instructor who was born in New Mexico, seasoned in Texas, and baked in Arizona. Having attended a 21-year civilian-appreciation course in the US Marine Corps, he managed to sneak up on a bachelor’s degree at Eastern New Mexico University in Portales in 1996. In addition to offering everything you see above, Harvey also runs StoneThread Publishing, a no-fees, traditional, royalty paying epublisher. Come see what the fuss is all about!

Carolyn Howard-Johnson edits, consults. and speaks on issues of publishing. Find her The Frugal Editor: Put Your Best Book Forward to Avoid Humiliation and Ensure Success (How To Do It Frugally series of book for writers). Learn more about her other authors' aids at , where writers will find lists and other helps including Great Little Last-Minute Editing Tips on the Resources for Writers page. She blogs on all things publishing (not just editing!) at her Sharing with Writers blog. She tweets writers' resources at . Please tweet this post to your followers. We all need a little help with editing. (-:

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