May your stories bud, bloom, and blossom
BUDDY’S GARDEN PATCH OF IDEAS
A list with links to the bloggers
and BookTubers I follow, books I recommend, and checklists to download.
Writing and Editing Groups
I’m a member of The Christian PEN, a Christian editors’ association where we email each other our editing questions and support each other as our editing careers, freelance and otherwise, take off. I am also on the planning team for PENCON, their annual online editors’ conference where instructors from the PEN Institute give topical sessions on all things editing, from punctuation to content editing, from fiction to nonfiction. To become a member of The Christian PEN or to find out more about PENCON and the Institute, click the links!
If you are interested in knowing more about freelance editing, I recommend subscribing to Editorial Freelancers Association to get their blog of helpful tips.
If you would like to brush up your grammar skills, I recommend following Grammar Girl on LinkedIn to subscribe to her blog where she gives grammar tips from her weekly podcast and articles.
Subscribe to author Jerry Jenkins ‘ blog to get fiction and nonfiction writing advice and a chance to sign up to watch free webinars and check out his Writer’s Guild to access his archive of extensive writing tips and videos of him editing manuscripts.
Subscribe to Chad R. Allen’s blog to learn more about how to publish your book and write a book proposal. He also has a paid writers’ group called Book Camp which helps writers write and finish their books.
If you’d like to learn more about the marketing side of selling a book, subscribe to Thomas Umstattd Jr.’s blog “Author Media” or listen to it as a podcast.
If you’re a creative planner writing a fiction story or series, then the book plotting program Scrivener is for you. If you’re worried about learning the ropes of a new program, book writing coach Joseph Michael is the expert to learn from. Follow his blog on his website for step-by-step writing courses for sale or his YouTube page for Scrivener and writing tips.
Every great writer has the tools to help them succeed. When editing Word docs, I use PerfectIt which now pares with “The Chicago Manuel of Style,” the gold standard of editing. For emails, I use both Grammarly and ProWritingAid.
helpful writing tips for you
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