Homophones and Typos Hurt Your Writing

My name is Mark and I am your Hyper-Speller.

What is Hyper-Spelling? It is my unique talent to find spelling errors in published books. I am your spelling proofreader.

Do I find spelling errors in a lot of books? Yes, I do, I find spelling errors in over 95% of published books, mainstream publishers included.

How many books do I read in a year? On average I read a book a week, that’s 50 to 55 books each year. I review most of these books also, my book reviews are located at https://www.wordrefiner.com

Do I ever find a book without spelling errors? Yes, one book a year on average is spelling error free.

I love to read and I hate spelling errors because they interrupt the pure pleasure of reading. I hope you will enjoy my posts as I talk about words that can trip most any writer at one time or another.

What is Word Refining?

Most any dictionary: Refine– to remove impurities and imperfections, to make purer.

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Like a blacksmith with heat, hammer and anvil; I work the written word, purifying all spelling errors, to bring clarity to your message and voice. I have been doing this kind of work for all types of literature, fiction and non-fiction, casual and technical. For over 40 years I have refined many types of spelling errors which fall into 4 main categories:

  1. Misspelled words- words that are commonly caught by the spellcheckers on our computers. Some computers apparently do not have a spellchecker or the writer chooses not to use it. I see this type of error more frequently than expected.

  2. Misplaced words- words that are correctly spelled but used in the wrong context. Most spellcheckers are not very good at context. These types of errors are commonly caused by homophones and typographical errors.

  3. Missing words- words that are not there but should be.

  4. Multiple words- a word used too too many times in a sentence; like this sentence.

Of these errors, #2 is what I see the most. There are many reasons that these errors are so prevalent; not the least of is, that the English language is such a hodgepodge of bits and pieces of other languages, it is full of words that sound alike and have different spellings. These words are known as homophones and there are thousands in the English language.

Homophones that nearly everybody might be familiar with includes: to, too, two, or do, due, and dew. There are a lot of them in our everyday life, one of my favorites is right, write, rite, and wright. Quadruple homophones, are rare as a four-leaf clover. I will be doing a series on these homophone groups.

Typographical errors are caused by less than accurate typing. It is quite easy to write a correctly spelled word by typing only one letter wrong. Must, mist and most is a good example, the second letter of each word is different and all three of the vowels are side by side on our qwerty keyboard. Thank you Mr. Qwerty for that big favor. 😉 There are other ways to make a valid word with typographical errors. I will write about many of these types of errors also.

Because so many of us have become accustomed to thinking like we speak, we write what we hear in our head without always taking the time to verify the proper spelling. If the spell checker sees a correctly spelled word on its list, then an invisible spelling error is created. It will sit there, silently smirking, until it is exposed and corrected. My mission is to reveal these errors and set writing straight.

The downside here is that we are constantly represented by our written words, if words are not correctly spelled, then we have not put our best foot forward. We may find the first impression we give is the only opportunity we get. Poor spelling can cause us not just problems but can cause us unanticipated hardships. In this competitive world we live in, it is essential to our success to always be at the top of our game in every way possible.

So, write right like a wright for a rite. I will be talking about these quadruple homophones and others in the future.

Words Have Meaning and Spelling Makes a Difference.

Search for my hashtags online: #HomophonesHurtYourWriting and #TyposHurtYourWriting

How can I serve you?

You can always find me at https://www.wordrefiner.com and I am Twitter a lot https://twitter.com/wordrefiner 

Amazon Changing File Requirements for KDP Ebooks – by New Shelves…

Chris The Story Reading Ape's Blog

Many of you have recently received emails from Kindle Direct Publishing (KDP) announcing that Amazon is changing file requirements for KDP ebooks. As often happens with change, there is some confusion about how this will change how authors and publishers will upload their ebooks to KDP leading to questions and concerns.

From https://kdp.amazon.com/en_US/help/topic/G200634390:

“After June 28, 2021, we will no longer support MOBI files when publishing new or updating previously published reflowable ebooks. Instead, use EPUB, DOCX or KPF formats, see our Frequently Asked Questions for more information. MOBI files are still accepted for fixed-layout ebooks.”

What Does That Mean, Exactly?

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Creating Universal Links with Booklinker

Nicholas C. Rossis

Booklinker | From the blog of Nicholas C. Rossis, author of science fiction, the Pearseus epic fantasy series and children's book

Many of you have asked me how you can create universal links. These are easy-to-remember links like “mybook.to/pearseus” that automatically link people to the appropriate Amazon store depending on their location.

The answer is simple: Booklinker.

Booklinker lets you create short vanity URLs that are great for social media and blogs. You can choose between inviting domains including myBook.to, viewBook.at, getBook.at, viewAuthor.at, and Author.to.

This is a free service offered by Genius Link. All you need to do is choose if you wish to create an author or a book link, paste the Amazon URL for your book or author page, and the suffix you wish to append to Booklinker’s prefix (e.g. “pearseus”. Hint: choose a short and easy to type name). Booklinker then creates the respective universal link for you.

Once you have created your links, you can access them and edit them any time…

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How to Turn a Microsoft Word Document Into an Ebook (EPUB) – by Jane Friedman…

Chris The Story Reading Ape's Blog

Note from Jane: This post has been updated to reflect changes in tools available on the market.

So your book is sitting in Microsoft Word, and you’d like to get that material converted into an ebook format you can sell through ebook retailers such as Amazon.

If you’re patient and willing to format your Word document carefully, you can use the automated conversion processes of Amazon Kindle, Smashwords, Draft2Digital, or similar ebook retailer and distribution services. They want to make it easy for you to get published, so they’ll convert your Word document into an ebook file instantly, as soon as you upload it.

But the results may look subpar if you don’t prepare your document first. I’m grateful to Dave Chesson at Kindlepreneur for sharing the following information on how to prep your Microsoft Word file to convert cleanly into an ebook file. Although it won’t have all the…

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3 ways to make your editing and proofreading website better – fast! – by Louise Harnby…

Chris The Story Reading Ape's Blog

Your editing website is your shop front. It’s the one online space you control – your land – and so it must work hard for you. Here are 3 things you can do quickly to make it function better.

In this post, I’ll show you 3 things you can do quickly to improve the way a visitor experiences every web page on your site. We’ll look at the following:

> Navigation buttons
Paragraph headings
​Short paragraphs

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6 months of editorial business marketing: Progress made and lessons learned – by Harriet Power…

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on Louise Harnby:

Editor Harriet Power discusses how moving from in-house to freelance editing meant upping her marketing game. Here’s what she achieved in 6 months.

In this post

  • What kickstarted the marketing focus
  • Marketing activity #1: Website
  • Marketing activity #2: Blogging
  • Marketing activity #3: Creating a Reedsy profile
  • Marketing activity #4: Social media
  • Marketing activity #5: CIEP meetings
  • Marketing activity #6: Emailing former contacts
  • Marketing activity #7: Cold emails
  • Marketing activity #8: Write Useful Books Slack group
  • 6 months later: Has the marketing paid off?
  • The plan for the next 6 months
  • Lessons learned as a newbie marketer

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How to Make your Book Free on Amazon KDP (Kindle Direct Publishing) – by Ricci Wolman…

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on Written Word Media:

How to change your book’s price on Amazon KDP depends on whether or not you are enrolled in KDP Select.

In this article, we walk you through the steps required to set your Kindle book to free in two scenarios: if you are enrolled in KDP Selectand if you are not enrolled in KDP Select.

Below is our quick reference graphic to walk you through the decisions, full instructions are below.

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WARNING to WRITERS: You Won’t See This New Publishing Scam Coming – by Anne R. Allen…

Chris The Story Reading Ape's Blog

Yes, I’ve already written a warning to writers about publishing scams this month. But I heard about a new, diabolical one only a few days ago. This can affect both traditionally published and indie authors. And everybody needs to help spread the word.

That’s because the author won’t know it’s happening. Readers need to alert them before it’s too late.

I first discovered this scam through the blog of New Zealand author Maureen Crisp. It’s worth subscribing to her blog, Craic-er. She has all the latest publishing news from around the world.

This scam can affect any author who uses Facebook. If you’re not on Facebook, you’re safe from this one. (But read on. I have another warning to writers of a scam that targets all authors.)

For those of us who have “Author page” on Facebook, these scammers can be deadly.

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