Monday, September 30, 2013

Step in the Write Direction--editing tips

A Step in the Write Direction
September 30, 2013
Update: We’ve enjoyed having our daughter and family here from Oklahoma this last week. Between visiting us and our son-in-law’s parents and brothers, they’ve kept busy….Everything was pretty run-of-the-mill until Friday night. We had invited them, our other son and daughter, my son-in-law’s mother and stepdad and his stepsister and husband, plus my sister, over to watch slides and have pizza at the small clubhouse at the park. After we ordered SIX pizzas, I went to get some ice. I returned—to find my husband down on the driveway! He had tried to carry the heavy projector to the car and his legs went out from under him. He had an “ostrich egg” on his forehead and a large bruise on his elbow. The Domino man showed up and got him on his feet (I couldn’t do it), just as our family showed up. Party canceled, and we headed to the E.R. The cat scan showed no bleeding, so they sent him home. He’s okay now, but has two beautiful black eyes—getting blacker every day! We’re just thankful it wasn’t worse, as he has very brittle bones. Has had 3 fractured vertebrae in the past and a broken hip
Attached is the cover of my new joke book coming out next March. Haven’t seen the cover yet of the Rhyme-Time Bible Stories for Little Ones, coming out at the same time—both from Harvest House.
Thought for Today:
“Everybody wants to win, but not everyone wants to prepare to win” (Bob Knight, The Power of Negative Thinking).
Laugh for Today:

·        The fattest knight at King Arthur's round table was Sir Cumference. He acquired his size from too much pi.
·        A dog gave birth to puppies near the road and was cited for littering.
·        Two silk worms had a race. They ended up in a tie.
·        Atheism is a non-prophet organization.
·        Two hats were hanging on a hat rack in the hallway. One hat said to the other: “You stay here; I'll go on a head.”
        ·        I wondered why the baseball kept getting bigger. Then it hit me. (Taken from The Gospel Greats newsletter, September 24, 2013.)
Annual Arizona Christian Writers Conference
The Arizona Christian Writers Conference with Reg Forder will be held November 1-2 at Grace Inn in Auwatukee. (Will email you the brochure if you didn’t receive one.) This is the last regular conference in Phoenix. I won’t be teaching this year, but will be holding appointments. We will surely miss our dear Eleanore who passed away in January. Instead of sending flowers, I told Reg I’d offer a scholarship(s) to someone who can’t afford to come. If any of you would like to contribute to this in her name, you can send a donation to me in care of PayPal or send a check to me at: 701 S. Dobson Rd., #350, Mesa, AZ and it will go to someone deserving.
Writer’s Tips:
Following are some comments I made to the author on a book I just finished editing. Probably most of you know these, but it never hurts to be refreshed:
·        I use an ABC style sheet (divided into letters of the alphabet) for every book I write, edit, or proofread, on which I jot down words I look up in the dictionary to keep spelling consistent, i.e., hyphens, one word/two, etc. Will send a copy to anyone who wants one.
·        Re: commas in series (i.e., red, white, and blue), either is okay, just be consistent.
·        A change from when we used typewriters, there is just one space now after a period.
·        In many of the books I proofread now, they don’t put Scriptures and quotations in italics as it breaks the train of thought. Neither is right or wrong; again just be consistent.
·        You always need to state (on first page of article, or title page of book) what version(s) of the Bible you’re using. I have credit lines for all the versions.
·        The word “Lord” in the Old Testament is usually a capital “L” and a small cap “ord.” You can do this in Word by clicking on Ctrl, Shift, k, and typing ord in lower case, and it becomes Lord.
·        Some publishers put pronouns for Deity in upper case (i.e., He, Him, His, etc.); others don’t. Ask for a copy of their style sheet and, again, be consistent.
·        Any quotes 4 lines or longer can be indented on one or both sides. In this case, you don’t need beginning or ending quotation marks, and any single quotation marks within the quote would then become double quotation marks.
·        Titles of books or booklets should be in italics.
·        If you don’t use endnotes, then the author or the speaker of a quote is in parentheses after the name of the book or the quote, with the period after the closing parentheses.
 Have a good week spreading the
gospel through the printed page.
Donna Clark Goodrich

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