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Write It Right - The Big Book
Mary Deal
"A major source of information for breathing life into your prose."

Write it Right - Tips for Authors, written and compiled by an award-winning novelist, is a major source of information for breathing life into your prose. The Big Book combines Volumes I and II of the original Write it Right – Tips for Authors eBooks. Learn how to polish your work with a collection of extraordinary tips and numerous examples for making your prose leap off the page.

In writing your opus, you may have encountered myriad questions about imperfect areas that you stumble across in the composition. The thoroughly explained tips offered in Write it Right - Tips for Authors clarifies those worrisome issues instead of simply taking a chance they’ll be acceptable.

These thorough and sometimes humorous tips were written in response to author queries for articles that explain various problem aspects of composition. They not only cover grammar and punctuation but information from preparing to write, to narration, to character development and dialogue, and finally to preparing the manuscript for submission, your public image, and so much more. If your writing has not been perfectly smooth, chances are, you’ll find answers to your compositional questions in Write it Right - Tips for Authors.

When it comes to an expert who writes about writing, Mary Deal is the real deal. As an editor, as well as award-winning author of several suspense novels, she has extensive knowledge about the craft of writing. Fortunately, for the rest of us, she's willing to share her expertise, which includes demystifying the mysteries of how to get your writing published. She does all of this in a direct, no-beating-around-the-bush manner and yet manages to maintain a non-intimidating voice. It's a bit like having a true friend telling you what you really need to know even if, in some cases, you may not want to hear it. I wholeheartedly recommend her resourceful guide, Write it Right – Tips for Authors: The Big Book, for authors serious about their own work and the craft of writing in general. ~ Gary Val Tenuta, Author

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Those S and ES Endings

These endings have always troubled me until I finally decided to get it right. Compare the versions and pick out the correct usages in this name ending with the letter s.

The Joneses came for dinner.
The Jones’s came for dinner..
The Jones came for dinner.

John Joneses car stalled.
John Jones car stalled.
John Jones’s car stalled.

That Jones’s girl..
That Joneses girl..
That Jones girl.

The correct sentences are:

The Joneses came for dinner..
John Jones’s car stalled..
That Jones girl.

Some tips:

When a name ends with an s, and when speaking of the family as a group, add es, as in Joneses. When speaking about something John Jones owned, it is his property and, therefore, an apostrophe and s shows ownership, as in Jones’s.

When speaking about a person in the singular, use only the name Jones. However, when speaking about a group of girls all named Jones, you would write that sentence: The Jones girls. Notice that the name stays the same but the s is added to the word girl, stating more than one exists with that name.

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Nonfiction, Publishing, Writing Length: 406 Pages

Release Date: May 6, 2013 ISBN: 978-1483915401

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Mary Deal is an award-winning author of six suspense/thrillers, a short story collection, and three volumes of writers’ references. She is a Pushcart Prize nominee, former Associate and Contributing Editor of a magazine and a newspaper columnist. She is also an artist and photographer. A native of California’s Sacramento River Delta, she has lived in England and the Caribbean and now resides in Hawaii.

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