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.

#BlogTip: An Author Website Checklist

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#BlogTip: An Author Website Checklist

In the search for potential editing clients, I visit a lot of websites. That effort has culminated as an author website checklist. It never ceases to amaze me how many authors don’t provide a way to get in touch, whether via a contact form or an email address. That’s just the tip of the iceberg though. In this day and age, an appealing and user-friendly website is a must. As an author, you might not be a tech guru, but that’s not an excuse for a lackluster website. I am by no means an expert in web design, but the...

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#AuthorInterview: Colleen M. Story

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#AuthorInterview: Colleen M. Story

This interview with Colleen M. Story kicks off a special year-long focus in that every author featured will be from Idaho. This idea came to me when I served as a judge for the Idaho Author Awards and Colleen recognized me from Twitter at the awards ceremony in Boise. I fall more in love with my home state every year, and this series of interviews is one way to bring readers a slice of what makes Idaho great. There’s a lot more to the state than famous potatoes!   Official Bio: Colleen M. Story has worked in the creative writing...

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#EditTip: Narrative Distance and Filter Words

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#EditTip: Narrative Distance and Filter Words

If you want your novel to suck less, try cutting out filter words. When it comes to narrative distance and filter words, it’s important for a writer to ask if the achieved effect of such words is on purpose. Filter words tend to slip in unintentionally and weaken writing. All stories have a narrator, and no matter the point of view, this shapes how events are rendered for the reader. A certain awkwardness arises when a character consciously thinks, feels, sees, etc.  This creates varying degrees of distance between the reader and page,...

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#WriteTip: Writing What You Know Versus What You Don’t by Jason Pellegrini

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#WriteTip: Writing What You Know Versus What You Don’t by Jason Pellegrini

The tendency of writing what you know varies from author to author. Imagination makes countless scenarios possible on the fictitious page, but a degree of crafting goes into creative nonfiction as well. At any given point, writers are in varying degrees of shaping reality based on what they know and don’t know. Jason Pellegrini is here today with his first guest post ever to share his thoughts on age-old advice of writing what you know.    Official Bio:  Jason Pellegrini is a Long Island native. He currently resides in Levittown,...

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#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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