While a literary agent may help you to identify subgenres and affinity groups for marketing purposes, you must know the genre or blend of genres your story will fall under before you start writing your book. If you do not, you’ve failed at the premise. In this post, I tell you why.
It's important to understand the legal and reputational risks you face as an author, particularly if you write nonfiction. You may be familiar with the rules that apply to academic writing, but those rules most likely do not apply to you now.
What follows is an explanation of how to track and cite your sources per Chicago Manual of Style (CMOS), which is the publishing industry's style guide.
Using passive voice is an oft-cited faux pas for writers.
Before I get into what it is and how to correct it, I want to be clear: Passive voice is not a bad thing. Don't listen to grammar pedants who tell you otherwise. It's better to use active voice in many writing situations. This post addresses situations when active voice is better than passive and why.