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Saturday, January 4, 2014

New Year's Help and Gift for Supporters

This little excerpt is from the second edition of The Frugal Editor now available as an e-book on Kindle. If you already have the paperback book or the old e-book version, let me know and I’ll send you an e-copy when in return for a little review (but only if you love it) on Amazon, B&N, or your blog or newsletter. It's a lovely way to begin the New Year by networking and passing it forward.  Here’s the tip:

"In On Writing Stephen King tells us that a dialogue tag can dictate the use of punctuation in the dialogue itself. For instance, if the tag uses a form of the word ask, avoid using a question mark at the end of what the character said (that part within the quotation marks.) That makes sense. We’re trying to avoid being redundant. Here are examples of ways to avoid question mark redundancy:  

·        Example: He asked, “How old are you.” (Note the period after the question.)

·       Example: He said, “How old are you?” (Note the tag uses the word said, not asked.)

·     Example:    “How old are you?” (No tags at all.)
The new edition of The Frugal Editor is expanded and the resources are updated. Further, the e-book was first published in the early days of Kindle. This new format is much easier to read. And I do want my former readers to benefit from it. We're on the honor system. You have the first edition in paperback or digital form, you tell me. I'll send you the new one--no questions asked. 


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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