Blog: Make Every Word Count

Make Every Word Count is the blog of Jeri Walker, owner of Word Bank Writing & Editing. Enjoy a new post Monday mornings (excluding major holidays). Topics cover editing, writing, marketing, and publishing tips in addition to lit chat and author interviews.

#Publishing: What is Psychological Suspense?

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#Publishing: What is Psychological Suspense?

What is psychological suspense? What is any genre, for that matter? Hybrid-genre or cross-genre authors seem to be more prevalent among self-published than traditionally published authors. More power to a writer who can successfully merge genres to create a gothic-steampunk-paranormal-mystery-romance, but chances are a story attempting to do so is going to have some issues when it comes to marketability. Published titles stand a much better chance of finding a readership when their content fits predominately within a single genre. In...

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#BookReviews: A Man Called Ove’s Curmudgeonly Charm and More…

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#BookReviews: A Man Called Ove’s Curmudgeonly Charm and More…

The Swedish novel A Man Called Ove turned out to be my favorite book of 2016. I only finished it yesterday, so I did indeed save the best for last. When it came to this year’s goal of finding more reading time, I got creative to say the least. In order to reach my goal of fifty books, I included works published by clients as well as a steady selection of audiobooks. That aside, my list of books actually “read” comes in closer to 25. In any case, it’s been a great year for many reasons. I’m going to take a couple...

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#AmWriting: How to Get the Writing Done

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#AmWriting: How to Get the Writing Done

“Writing is the way to get the writing done.” Thus ends Donald Murray’s aptly titled article “How to Get the Writing Done.” The author offers nineteen suggestions that put a different spin on how to tackle the daunting task of putting words on the page. The tone of the piece is admittedly tongue in cheek, but each time I reread it, I feel inspired. I’m gearing up to submit short pieces for publication on a regular basis in 2017, so no more excuses for not getting the writing done! Write Now Rewrite Delay Rehearse Consult Plan Attitude...

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#AuthorInterview: Craig A. Hart

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#AuthorInterview: Craig A. Hart

This author interview with Craig A. Hart is a great way to wrap up 2016’s monthly author interviews here on the Word Bank blog. Craig represents a truly multi-faceted writer who wears his writer’s hat in a handful of genres as well as dabbling in both traditional and independent publishing. He’s cool in the best of bookish ways. Trust me. As for next year, stay tuned for author interviews with Idaho authors all year long. Yes, there are that many authors in the potato state! You’re going to be amazed at how literary my...

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#LitChat: A Monster’s Sticky Books by Candy Korman

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#LitChat: A Monster’s Sticky Books by Candy Korman

We all have memorable books, so-called sticky books whose stories stay with us long after the reading ends. Candy Korman is here to share the books that have lingered with her, and why she doesn’t reread them. We’re swapping guest posts, so make sure to also read Monster Mash-Ups and the Case of Edgar Allan Poe. Though I tend to be a re-reader, I can see the merit of letting the magic spell cast by the first reading of a book linger. Official Bio: Candy is a professional writer, amateur Argentine Tango dancer and cat-lover living...

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#EditTip: The Cost of Editing (Infographic)

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#EditTip: The Cost of Editing (Infographic)

The cost of editing, like all professional services, varies drastically depending on qualification factors such as level of training and years of experience. While I’ve consistently raised my fees, I also strive to offer incomporable quality at affordable rates. The amount I propose to individual authors is less than what I earn from a couple of contracts with other publishers, but my goal is to consistently close that gap. Though I started out by charging ridiculously low fees to gain clients and experience, I have valued myself and my...

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#AuthorInterview: Tantra Benskso

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#AuthorInterview: Tantra Benskso

Tantra Bensko has a lot of irons in the writing fire, and she also writes in one of my all-time favorite genres. Psychological suspense is one of the trickier genres to fully classify, though I gave it a shot back in the day when I was still toying with writing a novel of my own. In any case, capturing the mind at work on the page is a beautiful thing.   Official Bio: Tantra Bensko teaches fiction writing online with UCLA Extension Writing Program, Writers.com, and Tantra Bensko’s Online Writing Academy, and loves rewarding students for...

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#Marketing: Building an Author Platform in 5 Easy Steps by KJ Waters

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#Marketing: Building an Author Platform in 5 Easy Steps by KJ Waters

Building an author platform is undoubtedly a daunting task. KJ Waters has been a familiar face around here, and I am continually grateful for the relationship we have fostered, first as Twitter friends, then as editor and author. In the world of independent publishing, supporting each other’s creative endeavors and sharing knowledge to help others counts for so much.   Building an Author Platform in 5 Easy Steps In 2012 I had been writing my book for seven years and really had no endgame in sight. That year I was facing a major...

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#BlogTip: Build Blog Traffic by Guest Posting by Molly Greene

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#BlogTip: Build Blog Traffic by Guest Posting by Molly Greene

This year brought me to a crossroads when it comes to ways to build blog traffic by guest posting. Though I’ve both written guest posts for fellow bloggers as well as welcomed a number here at Word Bank, I’ve not been as strategic as I could have been. The coming year will see me re-refocus my guest posting efforts to focus more on my highlighting my editing and writing services, while I focus my creative writing on submitting pieces to magazines and journals. For that reason, I am reviving this past guest post by Molly Greene....

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#EditTip: Picking a Point of View

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#EditTip: Picking a Point of View

Picking a point of view (POV) to tell a story from can make or break a novel. The question of which character is telling the story and why matters to both readers and writers, not to mention that choice creates a domino effect within the book that impacts many other literary elements. When point of view is handled well, nobody notices. When botched, the effort sticks out like a sore thumb.   Picking a Point of View: Choices! Improper handling of point of view is one of the most frequent issues I come across when working with clients, not...

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