Manuscript Mechanics – Take your manuscript from Amateur to Professional

My new writers group met in Calimesa, and we had a good discussion about publishers – what the different class of publishers could offer, what to expect, and we talked about POD publishing as opposed to print runs.

I loved the mobile home clubhouse. We had a large private room overlooking the swimming pool, and we could sit around a table large enough to hold notebooks, extra books, pens, and drinks. It even had a small kitchen and at least two restrooms. What a joy. Thanks, Joyce.

During the next meeting, August 23, we’ll talk about manuscript mechanics. I’ll offer tips and suggestions based on my own experience as a writer, and we’ll talk about problems I’ve encountered as an editor and how to correct them, such as:

Quotation marks – when NOT to use them. Tags – are you using them correctly? Semi-colons? Are they necessary? How about those pesky serial commas? The name kinda sounds like a murder mystery, doesn’t it? Should you murder them?

If you’re a writer in the Inland Empire, feel free to join:

SoCal Orange Empire Writers League


I'm a novelist, short story writer, and I currently serve as CEO for L. Cooper Press, a service for writers. Thomson-Gale bought one of my novels, With Full Malice, for their 5 Star Mystery line, then Harlequin WorldWide Mysteries bought the mass market paperback rights. I lead a novel critique group in Redlands, CA, so if you're in the area and writing a novel, join us: When I can't attend, Amy Fletcher leads the group. You can always contact me through my websites:

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