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Tips on writing from Two Brothers
Narrative Voice in
discussion of point of view and verb tense
and how these elements affect the story.
Fastest Gun in the West: writers
often assume readers will fill in the
details. Dialog: The
elements and art of dialog in fiction
Creating compelling openings for novels
Description: The red
meat of storytelling
Flashbacks: Hey, who's
in here with me? This is my flashback.
Editors beware of disturbed writers; writers
beware of editors with an attitude.
Word Oddities: Is it
Bring or Take? It depends on the
Integrative Ink is
a resource that offers similar services to
Two Brothers Press; thus, we are eager to
share additional resources for you, the
writer, to make your best choices. We
understand that the people at Integrative
Ink are responsive and helpful.
Two Brothers Press has partnered with
InkBugDesign for the best of book cover
design, among a whole host of other
services. When you're ready for that stage
of your book, contact
us or go directly to InkBugDesign.
Books Edited by
Two Brothers Press
Plans are in
the works to expand the select authors of
Two Brothers Press. Watch the Submissions
page of this site for announcements.
Currently writers can turn to us for full copyediting,
including the basics and extensive. But
perhaps even more important is
"developmental" editing that goes beyond the
"rules" and "regulations" to the meat of the
up to become an independent
editing company, unlike those
editing factories that hire
hundreds of freelance editors. We
will service one client at a time,
but when necessary we will only
bring in a select few personally
Four-Step Editing Services Program*
Submit your complete
manuscript via email (see submissions
We will edit the first 10
or more book pages free to give you an
idea of the depth of editing your
manuscript needs (see evaluations) and
then return the manuscript via email
for your consideration, along with a
decide to hire Two
Brothers Press to
complete the editing on
your manuscript, you
simply send an email
requesting a complete
will send you the
link at that time
based upon the
word count of your
we have received
payment we will
return it to you
within two to four
upon its word
count. See the Pricing" for the breakdown of costs.
Some writers have sent only
sample chapters for TBP's free
evaluation editing—in some cases to
"test" our editing. Our policy is to
accept only the entire manuscript.
While we are happy to provide our
free evaluation, which will indicate
our expertise, we are not in
business to provide free editing,
either as a test or for incomplete
We also offer consultations on
typesetting and cover design services. If
you are "self-publishing" your book, which
means sending it to your own chosen printer
or sending it to one of the print-on-demand
(POD) companies that allow authors to submit
fully formatted, .pdf-ready files, Two
Brothers Press can guide you in your needs.
Please see Prepress
Services for a more detailed
explanation of this service.
Many new writers
and even some who are experienced often
fail to grasp how a few simple commas or
other marks of punctuation in the wrong
place (or lack thereof) can change the
entire meaning of a sentence. To
demonstrate the power of punctuation to
change meaning, study the three examples
below. None of the words have been
changed—except by punctuation marks.
the cows outside.
Hide! The cow's outside.
Hide, the cow's outside.
Can you guess the meaning of each of these
sentences? (Hint: the third example
is not a sentence, really, unless it's in
response to a question.) They are all
completely different, and all that was
necessary to completely change their
meaning was to play with punctuation.
If you can't reason out three different
meanings, then maybe you will be
interested in what Two Brothers Press has
Here are the meanings:
Conceal the cows.
Where does leather comes from?
Here's another example, where just a single mark
of punctuation can change the focus of a single
He read through the newspaper
furiously underlining certain passages.
The word to wonder about is "furiously."
read through the newspaper furiously,
underlining certain passages.
read through the newspaper, furiously
underlining certain passages.
Because the word "furiously" is placed where
it is, without the comma, we are unsure
which action the word modifies: read
furiously or furiously underlining. In other
words, some readers might think he is angry
about the newspaper and is reading it
"furiously." Or he might be quickly and
furiously underlining certain passages.
Useful Reminder of How to Use Punctuation
In my thirty-four years as an
editor of technical manuals, non-fiction,
and fiction, I have found that if a writer can
keep straight just a few universal concepts of
punctuation, his/her writing will usually pass
muster as a submitted manuscript. Once these
punctuation "rules" are firmly embedded and
instinctive, all the rest can be handled by The
Chicago Manual of Style, The
Assoicated Press Style Guide, and
other formal style guides.
End mark of sentence.
Used in abbreviations, but usually not
mark of a sentence, used to show strong
It's waaaay overused!
Don't use it! Let the words in the sentence
and dialogue description do the job of showing
mark of a sentence that is in the form of a
question—only. It is not used when the
question is narrated: He asked why she was
there. (Note we don't use a question mark in
in dates and addresses: 415 S. Monaco,
Anytown, NM, 88005.
Separates phrases in a sentence when not
doing so can cause confusion.
In pairs, sets off parenthetical
expressions, as when renaming a noun or
who was a rancher and farmer, lived to be
Divides list items within a
sentence, including before the serial
Used in series of short clauses.
John went north, Jerry
went south, and I went west.
Does NOT form
plurals—except rarely (as in the case of
"dot all the i's and cross all the t's"
where the acronym or abbreviation is a
Shows possessive noun.
Shows a contraction of two words.
I'd (I had) he's (he
is) can't (can not), etc.
Divides two independent
clauses where the two clauses are closely
Divides two clauses where a relational word
is used: We went to the store; however, we
didn't need to go.
Is NOT a substitute for a colon.
Is NOT used as a comma.
Does not introduce a list; a colon does
Divides list items from one another when
there are commas within a list item.
Used to set up an
extensive list, following a clause. "The
rules governing this body are as follows:"
Always comes in pairs:
(...) within text to add information within
a sentence, but parentheses can be used to
set off numbered items (generally the
closing parenthesis): 1), 2), 3), etc.
pairs to set off speech or set off a unique
word or phrase. Use double quotation marks,
unless there is a quote within a quote. Use
single quotation marks inside double
quotation marks : "...'...'..." All bets are
off if you're British, Canadian, or
words in a compound adjective that modify
a noun, but not always used in a compound
noun. There are no specific rules on using
hyphens to form compound nouns. For
example, "ink well" can also be
written "ink-well" or "inkwell"—all are
correct spellings. However, you should use
a hyphen to eliminate ambiguity.
Is NOT used as a dash, although two hyphens
together are sometimes used as a dash.
in pairs—like this—to set off an
interrupting thought within the flow of a
A single dash is used at the end of a
dialogue sentence to show that a speaker
has been cut off: "Just tell me one thing,
Donald, that you've ever—"
This is perhaps one of the most
overused and misused writing tools besides
the exclamation point. They do not
necessarily need to be used in pairs, but
they can and should not be combined with the
dash...like this—because it causes visual
chaos. Ellipses are often used to indicate
that words have been left out of long quotes
that is attributed to a source. But in the
speech of characters, ellipses are used
to show left out words, hesitant
speech...uh...I mean...uh...as well as
Used to excess in modern writing ellipses
cause the book to look like a Victorian