Friday, October 29, 2010

Friday Round-Up - #129

Kathy Ide, at Pixnpens, gives some tips on polishing our manuscripts.

I think I need to be less enthusiastic with the asterisk key to show a change in POV.

What's your favorite tip?












Janalyn Voight, at Author Haven, takes some of the dread out of the elevator pitch.














Have a great weekend!

19 comments:

Terri Tiffany said...

I always do this ## and then start a new section--can't help it-- it makes it easier for me.
Enjoy your weekend)

Susan J. Reinhardt said...

Hi Terri -

Ah, with me it's the asterisk key. Instead of 3-5, I might have 11-15!

Blessings,
Susan :)

Stephen Tremp said...

I still use the asterik method. I'm a creature of habit sometimes. My favorite tip? Just keep swimming, just keep swimming - Dora from Finding Nemo.

Nancy said...

Kathy had some great tips. They helped me very much, since it's been quite a long time since I needed that type of lesson.

sarah said...

going to check out her advice although I don't think I'm even ready to pitch yet...

Karen Lange said...

Thanks for the links, Susan! Always helpful:) I use the asterisk for things like that,just got into that habit of using it. :)

Blessings and happy weekend,
Karen

Susan J. Reinhardt said...

Hi Stephen -

LOL! A good tip - to be sure.

Blessings,
Susan :)

Susan J. Reinhardt said...

Hi Nancy -

Kathy is a regular on Pixnpens. One of these days, I want to re-read some of her articles. She always has great tips.

Blessings,
Susan :)

Susan J. Reinhardt said...

Hi Sarah -

It never hurts to be prepared. :)

Blessings,
Susan

Susan J. Reinhardt said...

Hi Karen -

Hmm, the asterisk thing seems to be a common problem. I got into the same habit. :)

Blessings,
Susan

Jean Fischer said...

Great polishing tips on Pixnpens, Susan, especially the one about sentence spacing. I just finished editing a children's book series filled with inconsistent sentence spaces. My word processing program wouldn't allow me to do a find and replace, so I had to fix all of them manually. Little mistakes like that can be an editing nightmare.

Jessica Nelson said...

I recently learned how to do a page break. It's saved me from constantly rearranging my chaps!

Patti Lacy said...

Perfect timing for me as I make FINAL edits on the FINAL edit page of the galley proofs.

Yep, a new one for me, too.

Plus I'm madly working to meet an 11/15 deadline.

Right now? My secret? CUT CUT CUT!!!

Susan J. Reinhardt said...

Hi Jean -

Glad the article was beneficial.

It took me forever to retrain myself to leave only one space after a period. Old habits die hard.

Blessings,
Susan :)

Susan J. Reinhardt said...

Hi Jessica -

Knowing the small details of Word can be a tremendous help. Features like Find/Replace and Word Count saved me huge amounts of time.

Blessings,
Susan :)

Susan J. Reinhardt said...

Hi Patti -

We're cheering you on! You can get it done. :)

Blessings,
Susan

Susan J. Reinhardt said...

Hi Everyone -

For those who may have wondered, that's Mom's hand in the picture. :)

Blessings,
Susan

DenaNetherton said...

The "Elevator Pitch" made me laugh and taught me something, as well. Thanks.

Susan J. Reinhardt said...

Hi Dena -

Great! I'm always happy to hear a link helped someone.

Blessings,
Susan :)