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Advice for the Lit-Lorn

What is your advice on how to approach the problem of building a credible publishing record and avoiding the ridicule of being featured in a publication of questionable repute? more

Advice for the Lit-Lorn

What is the difference between "in" and "among"? more

Advice for the Lit-Lorn

Should I hire an editor before submitting my novel manuscript to an agent or a publisher? I can’t afford a big overhaul but I assume it will get a more serious reading if it is polished up. more

Advice for the Lit-Lorn

When writing a short non-fiction story about someone, is it a bad idea to use the person’s real name? more

Advice for the Lit-Lorn

Why do we have two words, almost identical, that mean “easily set on fire”? I’m talking about flammable and inflammable. Even dictionary writers seem embarrassed about this weird situation. more

Advice for the Lit-Lorn

How important is it to set aside a completed draft, and for how long? more

Advice for the Lit-Lorn

Can you recommend a really fast, really easy way to stay connected to the writing life when you just can’t carve out even an hour? My friend and I both have toddlers, jobs, partners and aging parents, and we are both writing novels. more

Advice for the Lit-Lorn

What marketing tasks should a writer take on (or not), other than a social media presence, as you say in your post "Marketeers"? more

Advice for the Lit-Lorn

Now that the lack of a serial comma in a state law has famously caused an appeals court in Maine, USA, to rule against a large company—potentially leading to a multimillion-dollar large settlement—do you stand by your policy of omitting that comma? more

Advice for the Lit-Lorn

The question [Which is correct: “Ted asked me to come over” or “Ted asked me to go over”? February 1, 2017] isn’t just about direction of movement, it’s about indirect dialogue. more

Advice for the Lit-Lorn

I’m wondering what your thoughts are about the role of facts in an essay, both historically and currently, and how much truth matters in an essay. more

Advice for the Lit-Lorn

Who is responsible for marketing a book? more

Advice for the Lit-Lorn

What is the plural of McDonald’s? Everything I try looks wrong, and online search results are far from unanimous. more

Advice for the Lit-Lorn

Please settle my bet with a friend. Which is correct: “Ted asked me to come over” or “Ted asked me to go over”? There’s ten bucks riding on your answer. more

Advice for the Lit-Lorn

Am I going about writing the wrong way or am I just perverse? I finally got an arts grant to finish my collection, but I'm miserable. I don’t like most of what I write and I stare into space and feel lazy and guilty. Any advice? more

Advice for the Lit-Lorn

Why has the perfectly good noun "gift" been twisted into use as a verb, replacing the perfectly good verb "give"? more

Advice for the Lit-Lorn

What should a writer do when a magazine editor makes editorial errors? more

Advice for the Lit-Lorn

Which is correct: “replaced by” or “replaced with”? more

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Doesn’t the word "oversight," which has two opposite meanings, cause misunderstandings? more

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How can academic writers apply your advice to keep prose simple and direct? more

Advice for the Lit-Lorn

ADVICE FOR THE LIT-LORN
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What is your advice on how to approach the problem of building a credible publishing record and avoiding the ridicule of being featured in a publication of questionable repute?

—Roy Adams, Hamilton ON

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