Guest Post: Perfecting Your Possessives—I Am God’s Child

Perfecting Your Possessives—I Am God’s Child. A guest post by Rachel Newman
Words have always been important to me. During my adolescent years, I would often correct people when they used words that didn’t convey what I knew they meant to say. Annoying? Yes. I am sure of it. I don’t remember how old I was when I figured that out, but at some point I matured enough to realize it was okay if people didn’t always say what they meant. Maybe it was when I finally began to comprehend God’s grace. The realization that relationship is more important than semantics has surely made it easier on my friends and family.

But despite our ability to discern what’s really going on in an oral conversation, written communication is easily misunderstood if we don’t have a good grasp on grammar. Precision is especially important in the written word, because body language and non-verbal communication cues are absent. Continue reading

Top 5 Apps I Use for Blogging

Today is Theme Day #1 for the WordCount Blogathon: 5 Favorite Apps. Specifically, your five favorite apps for writing. Or, in my case, blogging.

1. Evernote: I wouldn’t be surprised if this one is on every list today. I use it to jot down ideas for blog posts, those cute things my kids say that I post here, and to flesh out post ideas. It helps with home organization, too, because I can take pictures of bills and receipts, file them, and find them easily later. Less time dealing with stuff means more time to write. Continue reading

Hire Me: Now Offering Beta Reading and Proofreading Services

Note: This post has been updated as I have changed my rates since it was first posted. My current rate is $25/10,000 words. You can find more information on my Editing Page

I’m now offering my services as a beta reader, proofreader, and editor.

I will proofread your book, article, blog post, or document.  I will correct grammar, spelling, and general (American) English language errors.

I will beta read or edit your story. As an avid reader, I can spot the plot holes, character discrepancies, and point out stilted or unrealistic dialogue.  No fantasy, dystopian, or sci-fi.

Hire Me: Now Offering Beta Reading and Proofreading Services

I’m now offering my services as a beta reader, proofreader, and editor.  At this time, I’m using Fiverr for all my transactions. Using Fiverr protects you, the buyer, because you can see my feedback from other buyers, and you have a mediator in place if you are not satisfied with my service.

I will proofread and edit up to 2,000 words of your book, article, blog post, or document for $5 I will proofread and edit your book, article, blog post, or other document, up to 2,000 words. (For larger works, you can purchase additional gigs.) I will correct grammar, spelling, and general (American) English language errors.
I’m told this is an excellent rate, so I may raise my rates later. Don’t miss this deal!

I will beta read your story up to 7,500 words for $5 As an avid reader, I can spot the plot holes, character discrepancies, and point out stilted or unrealistic dialogue. For longer works, please purchase additional gigs. No fantasy, dystopian, or sci-fi.

Decisions, Decisions: Traditional or Self-publishing?

As I’m not a published author, I’m hardly the best person to answer this question. So what’s with this post? Well, I’ve had several IRL and online friends ask me about publishing. Presumably because I have a lot of contact with indie authors. You surround yourself with a certain group of people, whether it’s authors or artists or whole-foodies, and you forget that everyone else has their own particular circle, and may not have ready access to the same information you do. So I threw out a request for resources to my author and blogger friends. Continue reading