I woke up early to write but sat staring at the computer screen instead, writing sentences only to delete them, wondering what happened to the beautiful thoughts that came to me at 2:00 a.m. I hadn’t lost them since then; they just weren’t flowing out the same as they had in my head, and this […]
Welcome to the Christian Editor Connection blog.
Our founder and director, Kathy Ide, posts “PUGS Pointers“–tips on punctuation, usage, grammar, and spelling … and reasons it’s important for writers to know the industry-standard rules and apply them carefully to their manuscripts.
Other members of the Christian Editor Connection post blogs about the writer’s life, reviews of writing craft books, and reviews of well-written books recommended by CEC editors.
We hope you find these posts helpful. God bless!
Literary agent Richard Curtis wrote (in The Christian Communicator, June 2001): It was not long ago that the prevailing attitude among editors was, “This book has some problems, but the author is so talented that I’d like to buy it and work with him.” Today such words are rarely heard. A book with problems is […]
Short-Straw Bride by Karen Witemeyer Historical Romance Meredith Hayes has dreamed about handsome Travis Archer since she was ten years old. The thing is . . . she hasn’t seen him since she trespassed on his family’s land twelve years ago, got into trouble, and he rescued her. But Meredith’s aunt and uncle are set […]
Writing Fiction for Dummiesby Randy Ingermanson and Peter Economy “Our aim is to give you a solid foundation in every aspect of writing fiction.” Authors Randy Ingermanson and Peter Economy succeed in this goal, and also in the “hope to surprise you with fresh insights,” for those beyond beginner stage. This is one writing book […]
Christmas is over and the New Year is here—a time when many of us make new writing goals. I don’t know about you, but I have a love/hate relationship with this process. Too often, I make a list only to discover halfway through the year that I have accomplished very little of it. If this […]
“PUGS” is my acronym for Punctuation, Usage, Grammar, and Spelling. In this blog, I’ll share tips on PUGS rules that writers struggle with most, based on my years as a professional freelance editor. I’ll also explain why it’s important for writers to polish their PUGS. For more PUGS Pointers, see my website, www.KathyIde.com. Or you […]
I just discovered something that’s contrary to what I have in my Polishing the PUGS book. ACK! In the Usage section of my PUGS book, I point out the distinction between the two words between and among–that between is used when referring to two people or things, and among should be used for more than […]
1. Get in touch with God. God is the ultimate source of all good things. He can enrich your writing. He can put you in the right place at the right time to make the right contacts to get your book where He wants it to be. He can inspire you when you feel dry. […]
Before you submit a proposal, sample chapters, or a complete manuscript to a publisher or agent, you want to make sure all the words are spelled correctly and the punctuation is in all the right places. Because no matter how awesome your content is, if a publisher or agent finds too many mistakes, your submission […]