A Step in the Write Direction
July 1, 2013
Update: A good week; not so rushed for a change. Most of it was spent on last minute details of father/grandfather anthology—double-checking spelling of names in bylines and bios, sending list of email addresses and bios to publisher, making table of contents, final proofing, and then SENDING ENTIRE MANUSCRIPT TO PUBLISHER!! All that’s left to do is send him pictures for cover and let him make selection….Not sure what to do next. Have caught up on some housecleaning and filing, and have a 204-page book to proofread, due July 9. JULY? Where did the rest of the year go? It can’t be half over already!...BREAKING NEWS: Just heard that 19 firefighters died while fighting a fire in Yarnell, Arizona, and 250 homes destroyed. All one crew! Pray for their families. Such a tragedy!
Thought for the Day: “Desire is the key to motivation, but it's determination and commitment to an unrelenting pursuit of your goal—a commitment to excellence—that will enable you to attain the success you seek" (Mario Andretti).
Laugh for the Day: Three boys are in the school yard bragging about their fathers. The first boy says, "My dad scribbles a few words on a piece of paper, he calls it a poem and they give him $50." The second boy says, "That's nothing. My dad scribbles a few words on a piece of paper, he calls it a song and they give him $100." The third boy says, "I got you both beat. My dad scribbles a few words on a piece of paper, he calls it a sermon, and it takes eight people to collect all the money!"
Note re: last week’s blog: Donna, I really agree with you on the "money/success thing." I got an email a couple weeks ago from a man who bought a copy of Listen To HIS Heartbeat. He said that he retired and moved to FL. He got away from church, reading his Bible, and praying. He was walking in depression. One day he saw my book in a box and picked it up. After several days of using it as a daily devotional, he is now in a good church, reading his Bible, praying, helping others and happy in the Lord again. He thanked me for sharing my life and writing my book. If that doesn't motivate me to write....nothing will! (Linda Etter, Adrian, Michigan)
Writer’s Tips: Hints on Endnote Format
Sample endnote: Goodrich, Donna Clark. A Step in the Write Direction—the Complete How-to Book for Christian Writers (Eunumclaw, WA: UpWrite Publishers, 2011), 49.
* You don't need a comma between the name of the book and the parentheses with the publishing information.
* When you repeat a source in the SAME chapter, you don't have to repeat the publishing information. Give all the information in the first endnote, then if you quote that source again in that chapter, just give the last name of the author (or the book, if it’s a commentary, i.e., Exodus 20:16, The Life Application Bible), and the page number. If this source appears in ANOTHER chapter, then repeat the publishing information.
* When you repeat the same source immediately after the first citation, all you need is the word Ibid. If it’s a different page number, then Ibid. 34. Note: Usually you don’t need page or p. before page number; however, follow the style guide of your publisher.
* When you give a web site, delete the hyperlink (the blue line and underline beneath it). You can do this one of two ways: Either highlight it and right click, then when a menu drops down, click on Delete Hyperlink. Or you can highlight and click on Ctrl u (this deletes the underline). If the blue remains, then go up to the big A on the toolbar; click on the small symbol next to it and a box of colors will come up. Click on the black. This will get rid of the blue.
*Difference between footnotes and endnotes: Footnotes appear at the bottom of the page; endnotes at the end of the book, although some authors place them at the end of each chapter.
Send any questions you would like answered to me at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Have a great week spreading the
gospel through the printed page.
Donna Clark Goodrich
"A Step in the Write Direction--the Complete How-to Guide for Christian Writers"