Blog: Make Every Word Count

Make Every Word Count is the blog of Jeri Walker, owner of Word Bank Writing & Editing. Posts appear every other Monday morning. Topics cover editing, writing, marketing, and publishing tips in addition to lit chat and author interviews.

Author Interview: Doug Copsey

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Author Interview: Doug Copsey

Doug Copsey first made an appearance in my life as the booming voice that introduced the many outdoor summer plays at Idaho’s Shakespeare festival. It wasn’t until a couple of years ago that I met him when he spoke at a meeting for the Boise Chapter of the Nonfiction Authors Association. Since then I’ve seen him around at Idaho Writers Guild Meetings. His drive and involvement has had quite the impact on Boise’s literary milieu.    Doug Copsey Doug Copsey served as President of the Idaho Writers Guild from its...

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#BookReviews: Hillbilly Elegy’s Breadth Over Depth and More…

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#BookReviews: Hillbilly Elegy’s Breadth Over Depth and More…

The first half of 2017 hasn’t turned up any literary gems I’ve fallen in love with, but nonetheless I managed to read a few books I’ve enjoyed. As for the titles like Hillbilly Elegy, it’s still possible to take away important points even though the bestselling memoir stuck me as lackluster. Most of my reading these days occurs via Audible audiobooks while walking my dog. I combed through my Kindle archive the other day though and am intent on tackling some ebooks during the summer months.       *Each...

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#AuthorInterview: Donna Cook

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#AuthorInterview: Donna Cook

I first met Idaho author Donna Cook when she spoke at a noon gathering for a local writing group. She graciously answered numerous questions with such warmth and encouragement as her lunch grew cold. A few years later, I’ve grown to know her more via other writing circles. It’s a pleasure to bring such a helpful and hardworking author to the readers of Word Bank’s blog.   Official Bio: Author Donna Cook is an Arizona native transplanted to Boise, Idaho, where she is delighting in the change of scenery. Her fantasy...

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#Marketing: My GoFundMe Breast Cancer Campaign

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#Marketing: My GoFundMe Breast Cancer Campaign

Nearly two years after making the move to full-time self-employment, I have received a breast cancer diagnosis at age forty. I previously shared this information in April’s quarterly newsletter. Since making the decision to be public about this experience, I am now posting about it on my business blog. I am doing so in hopes of reaching more potential donors. I also encourage readers to share my campaign on a regular basis to social media. Another fantastic way to help is by sharing my story on your own blog. Feel free to use any text...

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#AuthorInterview: Loni Townsend

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#AuthorInterview: Loni Townsend

I’ve known of today’s featured Idaho author, Loni Townsend, well before this blog ever came into existence as she once upon a time was a co-worker with my ex. Only once I moved to North Carolina, did I discover her writing efforts. I quickly grew to love her Insecure Writer’s Support Group (#ISWG) posts that appear on the first Wednesday of each month. Now that I live back in Idaho, I still have yet to meet her in person, but I’m sure we will say hello in the flesh one of these days.   Official Bio: Loni...

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#PubTip: How to Write a Mystery Thriller in the Style of Alfred Hitchcock by Tony Lee Moral

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#PubTip: How to Write a Mystery Thriller in the Style of Alfred Hitchcock by Tony Lee Moral

When it comes to publishing tips, not enough can be said when it comes to the importance of knowing the ins and outs of the comparable titles your book will be competing against. Too often, authors don’t put enough thought into this part of the process and then end up bemoaning the struggle to find an agent. Or if self-published, authors end up not connecting with an appropriate audience for their book. It pleases me immensely to bring you this post on how to write a mystery thriller in the style of Alfred Hitchcock. Tony Lee Moral is a...

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#AuthorInterview: Bruce Ballenger

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#AuthorInterview: Bruce Ballenger

Next up in my year-long series of interviews with Idaho authors is Bruce Ballenger. It’s safe to say I would have never had the confidence to become an English teacher had I not been exposed to the teaching methods utilized by the writing program at Boise State University. Once upon a time, I also took a class on the history of the personal essay from Professor Ballenger. After years of hedging, I’m finally answering the call to get serious about writing nonfiction.    Official Bio: Bruce Ballenger is the author of seven...

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#WriteTip: The Paradox of Perfectionism in Writing by Glynis Jolly

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#WriteTip: The Paradox of Perfectionism in Writing by Glynis Jolly

Perfectionism in writing is too often a double-edged sword. I’ve followed Glynis Jolly’s blog for a number of years now because I enjoy she digs into exploring her writing process. As an editor, I readily admit my own struggles with perfectionism when it comes to my own creative writing. Over the years, I’ve learned to concede I am never going to write many words a day, but if I do sit down to write every day, those words add up. That’s doesn’t make it any easier though. I’m sure many of you will be able to...

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#AuthorInterview: AK Turner

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#AuthorInterview: AK Turner

My year-long series of interviews with Idaho authors continues this month with New York Times bestselling author AK Turner. I became acquainted with AK when she gave a talk for the Nonfiction Authors Association at Rediscovered Books in downtown Boise. Her personality matches the humorous content of her books, and the covers and titles speak for themselves.    Official Bio: AK Turner is the New York Times bestselling author of the Tales of Imperfection series: This Little Piggy Went to the Liquor Store, Mommy Had a Little Flask, and Hair...

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#LitChat: Eccentric Writing Habits of Famous Writers (Infographic)

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#LitChat: Eccentric Writing Habits of Famous Writers (Infographic)

The eccentric writing habits of famous writers make me feel a bit more accepting of my own writing quirks. Let’s face it, we all have peculiarities inherent in our respective creative processes. Back when I taught a creative writing class, one of the introductory activities we would do as a class was to create a collaborative diagram of the writing process. Needless to say, the process diagram was a glorious hot mess. At any given moment while I type at my laptop, I am reassured when I look down and see a Bic MatiC grip 0.7 mm #2...

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