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- Report #101 – Form and Maintain a Critique Circle the No-Homework Way: Critique circles are the best method for getting free feedback on your writing. This report shows you how to create and sustain a critique circle that works well for all participants and leaves you time to write.
- Report #102 – The Ten Commandments of Creativity: Mount this information near where you write, follow its advice, and watch as your creativity soars.
- Report #103 – Writing For A Living: Sellout or Dream Come True? An interview with Bobbie Christmas that appeared in The Florida Palm Magazine. See if the writing life is for you, too.
- Report #104 – Standard Manuscript Format for the title page and inside pages of your fiction or nonfiction book manuscript: When you use standard manuscript format, you and your manuscripts look professional.
- Report #105 – Chicago Style Variances: Learn some of the differences between Chicago Style (preferred by book publishers) and the style of punctuation, etc., that we learned in school.
- Report #106 – Editor/Proof Marks: See what editors look for and how they mark a manuscript for repair. You'll learn what to watch out for.
- Report #107 – Find a Publisher for Your Nonfiction Book: Follow the steps Bobbie Christmas took to sell her book, and you will know how to locate the right publisher for your book.
- Report #108 – Undefined Pronouns: Learn what they are and how and why to avoid them, to make your writing stronger.
- Report #109 – Write Tight and You Write In Style: When you delete these words from your manuscripts, you power up your prose.
- Report # 110 – Self Publishing vs. Traditional Publishing: Learn the pros and cons of both methods of publishing and decide which is best for you and your book.
- Report # 111 – Do's and Don'ts of Query Letters: After ten years of evaluating queries for an agency, Bobbie Christmas knows what works and what doesn't. With this report you will know, too.
- Report #112 – Secrets of the Find and Refine Method™: Much of Bobbie's book, Write In Style, is based on her trademarked method for finding what she calls "Missed Opportunities for Improvement." Although this report does not go into detail about what to look for in your manuscript the way the book does, the brief report at least explains the method and what to do when you find key letters, words, and phrases that could be stronger.
- Report #113 – Recommended Manuscript Lengths: The length of your manuscript is the very first thing a publisher or agent evaluates. If it's too long or too short, your manuscript can be rejected without being read. Do you know how long your novel or children's chapter book should be? Get this report to find out.
- Report #114 – Short-Story Format: Format your short stories correctly, and you increase your chances of selling them.
- Report #115 – Show, Rather than Tell: Statistics show that authors who SHOW outsell authors who TELL by more than 100 to one. Yes, narrated books sell, but books and stories filled with action and dialogue (or in the case of nonfiction, books filled with anecdotes and examples) sell best of all. Order this report and learn how to tell when you're telling.
- Report #116 – How to Find the Right Editor: I may not always be the best editor for every manuscript, so how can you tell if I'm the best one for yours? How can you know what to expect from your editor before you choose? How can you avoid the horror of being at odds with your editor? Read this article to learn the ins and outs of picking the perfect editor for your manuscript.
- Report #117 – Genre – A Slippery Subject Essential to Fiction: Learn about genre fiction categories and the benefits of complying with genre specifications.
- Report #118 – Chicago Style versus AP Style: More in-depth than Report #105, this lengthy report shows folks a great deal of vital information on Chicago style and how it differs from AP style and other styles. This report is for anyone who writes books.
- Report #119 – How to Format a Book-Length Manuscript in Word 2010: This report clearly tells you how to format a manuscript to make it acceptable to submit to an agent or publisher. If you plan to self-publish, the format of your manuscript is not as vital, but following this format simplifies the layout process of the finished book.
- Report #120 – Can You Make a Living as a Writer? I can't answer the question for everyone; I can only tell you what worked for me. I have had a long, prosperous, and fun-filled life working with words. This report may spur you to follow your dreams and find ways to make a living as a writer too.
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