Thursday, April 14, 2016

F. Scott Fitzgerald Almost Made a Booboo You Can Avoid

This is short and it's a recycled  tip from my SharingwithWriters newsletter, but I couldn't resist sending it to subscribers and visitor to this blog because it's a reminder that even great writers can make dreadful mistakes--but for wives. Ahem!  

After F. Scott Fitzgerald’s editor and his wife Zelda warned him against using an obscure reference to a first century Roman fiction as his title (“Timalchio in West Egg”) he changed it to The Great Gatsby. This bit of information comes with a reminder to take another look at your own title; does it do what you’d like it to? 
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 Carolyn Howard-Johnson, author of This Is the Place; Harkening: A Collection of Stories Remembered; Tracings, a chapbook of poetry; and how to books for writers including the award-winning second edition of, The Frugal Book Promoter: How to get nearly free publicity on your own or by partnering with your publisher; The multi award-winning second edition of The Frugal Editor; and Great Little Last Minute Editing Tips for Writers . The Great First Impression Book Proposal is her newest booklet for writers. She has three FRUGAL books for retailers including A Retailer’s Guide to Frugal In-Store Promotions: How To Increase Profits and Spit in the Eyes of Economic Downturns with Thrifty Events and Sales Techniques. Some of her other blogs are TheNewBookReview.blogspot.com, a blog where authors can recycle their favorite reviews. She also blogs at all things editing, grammar, formatting and more at The Frugal, Smart and Tuned-In Editor .

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