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Part 2: First-Time Author Mistakes & How to Avoid Them

Updated: Sep 29, 2023

I wrote “Part One: First-Time Author Mistakes & How to Avoid Them” in July 2021. I know it’s more than two years later, but better late than never, right?


This is a companion post and does not overlap with the previous post. Instead, I’ve added more things I’ve found over the years; and like part one, I give guidance on how to avoid making them. Please note that this post and the one I wrote in 2021 are specific to American English.


Let’s dive right in! Attached are four common mistakes of first-time authors and how to avoid them.

Part 2 - First-Time Author Mistakes & How to Avoid Them
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Please note that there are exceptions to nearly every rule and that each editor has their own way of doing things. My job as an editor is to guide you, not to dictate your writing style.


Erika M. Weinert is a line and copy editor of fiction who lives in the Pacific Northwest (PNW) and is an active member of the Northwest Editors Guild—a regional, industry-specific association of editors. She mentors fledgling editors through the guild and on her own. When she’s not providing remote editing services to her clients and mentoring, Erika can be found at home with her wonderful husband and their daughter, whom they brought into the world the same year they were married—2008. Erika treasures her family—including their two cats—and her career above all else.

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