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Why ‘it’s complicated’ isn’t a bad thing

Why ‘it’s complicated’ isn’t a bad thing

Or, why thinking is good for you Complicated books, oh my. We've been seeing a lot of reviews in various spots on the Interwebz recently, saying that a book was complicated, or used UK English (gasp) instead of US English, or used words the reader didn't...

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Reviewing Myths

Reviewing Myths

Here's the first of the reviewing myths that needs busting: there's a surprising number of people out there who think that a review needs to be a complex essay, analysing every aspect of the author's writing and which classical authors impacted their style. Not so....

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Final copies

Final copies

Final copies - the importance of being finished Or, as the late Terry Pratchett eloquently put it, 'Life is like a sewer; what you get out depends on what you put in.' Because, you know what? We read A LOT of books here are By Rite of Word. Something like ten a month....

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What do we review and how do we rate? Read all about it!

What do we review and how do we rate? Read all about it!

By Rite of Word - what do we review and how do we rate? A little while ago, we passed our 6-month anniversary here at By Rite of Word. I didn't actually noticed until I counted fingers: I was probably reading. Or writing. Or wondering if there was any way I could do...

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Blurb in reviews – why add it?

Blurb in reviews – why add it?

Blurb in reviews The blurb, the jacket copy, back-cover copy ... call it what you will, most authors have heard of it, and a lot of authors hate having to write it. However, experience with the book writing world indicates it's an important factor in getting a...

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Self-editing for dummies, or how to not annoy your readers

Self-editing for dummies, or how to not annoy your readers

Self-editing First seen on the By Rite of Word Blogspot Readers are picky beasts, and just because they couldn't necessarily correct your writing, it doesn't mean that they can't recognise and be annoyed by constant technical issues. Leave enough editorial screw-ups...

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Self-publishing 101 – Part 1, print-on-demand

Self-publishing 101 – Part 1, print-on-demand

Print-on-demand First seen on the By Rite of Word Blogspot Well, it's finally That Time - after months or years, you've written, revised, gathered your alpha and beta readers' input together, revised a bit more, run a spellcheck, discovered just how awful MS Word...

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