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Great online sources for images

So many people ask "Where can I find photos (or reprints) of X" that the website page Telling Your Life Story contains a list of Sources for images. I'm posting the links below as well  Read More 
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What's wrong with that sentence?

Sometimes examples of media inattention to copyediting cry out for public comment. Take the lead sentence in this ABC News story: "Police in Washington state captured a schizophrenic killer who had escaped during an outing from the mental hospital where he had been committed to a state fair."  Read More 
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Book Publishing Today

In a terrific albeit not cheerful essay about book publishing today, former Random House exec Daniel Menaker, in Redactor Agonistes, talks about insecurity and unhappiness in the book biz, but also explains why and how it has changed so much, and  Read More 
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Save this historically important Michigan Library

The Federation of Genealogical Societies asks that you help try to one of the most important state libraries in the country. On the budget-chopping block: The cohesive Library of Michigan collection, with over 180 years of Michigan history, literature and culture records, which reflects the lives of not only those who remained to raise their families within  Read More 
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The old days, in book publishing

"We proudly carried manuscripts everywhere.... Decades later, I discovered that my right arm was a half-inch longer than my left," writes Joni Evans in a Preoccupations story for the New York Times.
"But it was our office archaeology that I remember the most. There was a primitive chaos to it all — the hybrid scent of tobacco and mimeograph ink, Read More 
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Association for the Abolition of the Aberrant Apostrophe

In his classic column about abuse of the apostrophe, Keith Waterhouse wrote, "The AAAA has two simple goals. Its first is to round up and confiscate superfluous apostrophes from, for example, fruit and vegetable stalls where potato's, tomatoe's and apple's are openly on sale. Its second is to redistribute as many as possible of these impounded apostrophes, restoring missing apostrophes where they have been lost, Read More 
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Where is Sarah Wernick's "So, You Want to Be a Writer" website?

For years writers, editors, and publishers have referred writers with questions about how to get a book published to the wonderfully helpful website of the late, great Sarah Wernick. Her old links don't work but SARAH'S WEBSITE STILL LIVES! You can find it on two pages of my Writers and Editors website:

Part 1 is  Read More 
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