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Need an editor? Find an editor

If you are looking for an editor, I hope you will consider contacting me for a free sample. I collaborate with authors of fiction or nonfiction to help them prepare their manuscripts for publication. I've been working with writers for 20 years and have edited more than 400 book manuscripts over the years. And if it hadn't been for my membership in CAPA, dating back more than 20 years, I never would have discovered the literary business and changed careers to be a part of it! Looking forward…

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Added by Beth Bruno on October 8, 2018 at 9:14am — No Comments

latest edited book advertised on the cover of Publishers Weekly

I've been a book editor for 20 years now, and lots of my author clients have been published in the mainstream and independently. One of them, William Craig, wrote a memoir that has received acclaim on the cover of Publisher's Weekly, September 3rd edition. The title is Inventing Oneself, about a man whose immigrant father worked as a chauffeur when he came to the US, and whose son worked his way up in the banking industry in Philadelphia and Boston. At the end of his career he formed a…

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Added by Beth Bruno on October 8, 2018 at 9:09am — No Comments

SUSPENSE FOR THE DOG LOVER - KATE KILLOY MYSTERIES

The first in the series of Kate Killoy mysteries.…

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Added by Peggy Gaffney on October 5, 2018 at 7:33pm — No Comments

The World of Social Media

Social media is pervasive and it's everywhere. That's a great thing for authors. Through social media, today is one of the best times in the history of the world to be an author. There are more readers than ever and we now have the opportunity to easily connect with people, something which was nonexistent just five years ago. Social media can enrich our lives, and help us realize profitability while being true to our unique talents, forging our own path, and doing what is…

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Added by Felix Frederick Giordano on August 21, 2018 at 9:53am — No Comments

#5amwritersclub

Are you an early bird writer? Find your kindred spirits on Twitter at the #5amwritersclub. The group was started by one of my most prolific author clients, Khris Chess, who writes Young Adult (YA) novels. The #5amwritersclub has come into its own this week as a top trend on Twitter. I don't quite make it that early, but I'm up and at 'em at 6am, busy editing, editing, editing!

Added by Beth Bruno on July 28, 2018 at 8:04am — No Comments

One Heart Too Many

Hi everyone! I just rejoined CAPA after a one-year absence. I live in Exeter, New Hampshire now, after more than 30 years in Connecticut and more than 20 years as a member of CAPA. I couldn't stay away.

In addition to being part of lots of CAPA committees over the years, I wrote hundreds of op-ed pieces, one nonfiction book called Wild Tulips, and hundreds more features articles for a variety of websites. Professionally, I shifted from being a school psychologist to…

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Added by Beth Bruno on June 4, 2018 at 9:56pm — No Comments

One Heart Too Many

Hi everyone! I just rejoined CAPA after a one-year absence. I live in Exeter, New Hampshire now, after more than 30 years in Connecticut and more than 20 years as a member of CAPA. I couldn't stay away.

In addition to being part of lots of CAPA committees over the years, I wrote hundreds of op-ed pieces, one nonfiction book called Wild Tulips, and hundreds more features articles for a variety of websites. Professionally, I shifted from being a school psychologist to…

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Added by Beth Bruno on June 4, 2018 at 9:56pm — No Comments

Rock, Sissors, Paper

I FUMED ACROSS half of Kansas’s boring terrain, fields upon fields of low, nondescript greenery. The upside? I had lots of time to think. That I needed, because I’d picked a bold and possibly dangerous solution to a problem that begged a solution. I’m on my way to Susank to take my sister away from her abusive husband.

Twelve hundred eighty seven miles from my home in Hershey; twelve hundred eighty seven angry miles. My wife said I shouldn’t make the trip. She tried to make…

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Added by Richard O. Benton on August 19, 2017 at 6:29am — No Comments

Copyediting

A novel that is properly copyedited is a pleasure to read. Unfortunately, there are many writers these days that do not want to take the time or spend the money to have their manuscript copyedited or proofread. This is evident in many of the self-published books I see on Amazon. When I was growing up, reading was a way for me to learn about spelling, grammar, punctuation, people, places, and careers. I trusted books. I am a self-employed copy editor and proofreader and although it’s hard to…

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Added by Nancy Breininger on August 15, 2017 at 11:15am — No Comments

A QUERY TO MY CAPA AUDIENCE

Hi blog readers,

I understand that there are well over four hundred members and friends of CAPA who have subscribed to this well run blog.

To this date I have published ninety-five (95) short stories on a blog that is under my name. The stories are short and meant to be so that people can leave their daily grind for a couple of minutes or five and get away, perhaps while at their work stations (if permitted).

I have yet to hear from a single CAPA/ning reader, either to…

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Added by Richard O. Benton on August 13, 2017 at 7:14pm — No Comments

The Overlook

WE WANTED TO go north for our honeymoon. Ski, snowboard, lounge in the lodge at a small, intimate table near the big fireplace and sip pińa coladas, sex – lots of it – the whole magilla.

I-91 north, a straight shot most of the way to Vermont’s Mt. Snow, the road silky smooth and not congested now that we’d passed through the sprawl of Springfield. Multiple lanes spread out in front of us while the black ribbon of highway made soft the hum of our tires.

I tried a few bars of…

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Added by Richard O. Benton on August 13, 2017 at 6:47pm — No Comments

Appreciation Profile

“HOW ABOUT A hug?” he says.

“Okay,” she replies. It comes out as a sigh. She’s mad at him. She doesn’t want to, but that engaging quirk of his lip takes some of the steam out of her. She relaxes a little. They come together. The hug is silent, warm, and tingly and costs them nothing. It brings a smile to both peoples lips.

“We should do this more often,” she says.

“It does have a leavening effect on our relationship, doesn’t it?”

“Yes. I forgot what I was mad at…

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Added by Richard O. Benton on August 5, 2017 at 7:56am — No Comments

Summer Vacation

JULY 1ST. WE drive north because we always drive south at the beginning of summer and I don’t want to do what we always do. My wife wants the old, comfortable way, but I get my back up and decide she could do something I want this year. She can’t reason with me.

That’s her big forte, reason. She finally gives in. This is why.

My headaches had been coming with increased frequency. That started a year ago. Eventually I went to my lady GP and she referred me to a specialist. I…

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Added by Richard O. Benton on July 29, 2017 at 6:49am — No Comments

My Old Farmall

BACK IN ’38, same year as I was born, Pa bought a Farmall tractor, brand new. He got a good price from Jed Wright, who owned the West Torrington Sales Company. He told Pa the company be changing the design and likely going to name them with letters instead of numbers. Pa didn’t care about that. He’d heard from Hezekiah Brown who had a big farm up in Goshen that the F-14 tractor was a tip-top fine machine…good enough for Pa.

We jawed about it days when we worked the fields together…

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Added by Richard O. Benton on July 22, 2017 at 9:13am — No Comments

Pigeon Cove

TODAY’S MY BIRTHDAY and I’m twelve. Mama promised me I could climb the hill early if I wanted and I wanted so I did, like in my dream. The most amazing thing just happened.

I’ve got a secret. I want to shout it to the world, but inside I know I shouldn’t tell, not even Mom, ‘specially not Mom. I don’t know why, well, maybe I do. But I got to tell somebody, so I’ll tell you ‘cause you’re my best friend, but you got to keep it a secret, cross your heart, okay? C’mon, cross your…

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Added by Richard O. Benton on July 22, 2017 at 8:58am — No Comments

Hilly Smedge

THIS STORY IS some about my family and my life, the trouble I got into and choices I will shortly make that will change my life, one way or another. I’m finally and truly in love. I see no way free of this dangerous course I follow. I am at a crossroads.

Do I tell the truth, there to reap the reward or suffer the consequences, or do I hide my past and hope he never finds out? I write this to paper first. Having written it, I will examine it like I’d had a conversation with a friend…

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Added by Richard O. Benton on July 8, 2017 at 7:22am — No Comments

Looking Down

It is best to keep in mind that this experiment in storytelling requires the reader to accept the premise of a disability as tailored throughout. It might require a paradigm shift, i.e., instant suspension of disbelief at the get-go. Above all, keep in mind that it’s fiction. Now you are as prepared as you’re going to be.

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"I LOOKED AT Sally and what did I see?

I saw Sally, looking at…

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Added by Richard O. Benton on July 1, 2017 at 7:59am — No Comments

Haiti Alone

I AM RENE Michaud. I am seventeen and Salé is fourteen. When the earthquake comes, we are in our home in Port au Prince, 12 Rue Galat. I am reading a book on chemistry from the local library for my school project and Salé plays her fan over the head of her beloved brother to cool him.

I say, “Faster Salé; it is too hot.” She laughs in that high giggle I love to hear and moves the fan more at my head and she ruffles the pages of my book with the wind of her motion.

This day is…

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Added by Richard O. Benton on June 24, 2017 at 1:30am — No Comments

Good Mistake

BACK IN JULY, my wife and I drove to Pittsburgh to see some relatives. We weren’t really close, but we decided to visit on hearing that old Uncle Gregory had cancer and wasn’t doing well. I’d known Uncle Gregory pretty well as I grew up. They’d lived in Litchfield on the next farm a half mile away. Aunt Maggie baked just the best hot muffins, as I recall. We’d go on over maybe two, three times a month. As a youngster, Uncle Gregory’s stories fascinated me and I always had fun in his old…

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Added by Richard O. Benton on June 17, 2017 at 8:14am — No Comments

Hard Times

THIS STORY IS true, although qualified. That is to say I have the date right and the initial circumstances are true. Fantasy begins where truth leaves off. I want the reader to understand that the fine line between fantasy and reality is often blurred. The outcome of this story may not be fantasy at all.

Sometime during the night of June 4, 2010, perhaps during the early morning hours of the 5th, a borrowed Hav-A-Hart small animal trap disappeared from our back…

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Added by Richard O. Benton on June 10, 2017 at 5:02am — No Comments

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