Writing Tips

The main factor a person should realize when setting out to publish a book is that the book represents the author and what is produced is a sheer reflection on that individual’s ability to write. I do not imagine that anyone wants anything less than quality work with their name attached to it for the world to see. It is one thing to have a story in mind and to jot it down or type it, but there is a compilation of specialized skills that is involved in professional book writing.

Writing, like editing, requires focus, concentration, an outline to work from – whether it is on paper or held in thought. Different types of books require little or no imagination or indeed a lot. However, every book requires some degree of creativity if it is to captivate the person who decides to pick it up and read it. Whether it is a Fiction, Non-fiction, How-to, Biography, Historical or Poetry book, if it is to sell, it must be one that grasps the reader’s attention – even while on the bookshelf. The synopsis/overview on the back cover should be the second seller – the title and design on the front cover the first and the inside text should be the feature that has that person telling everyone about how great your book is. Word of mouth is powerful and is one of the greatest marketing tools out there. So, in essence, in order to achieve the type of response you hope for in terms of sales, every aspect of your book should be appealing. All bases must be covered and always remember that what you put out there is a sheer reflection on your ability to write.

What Editing Entails

Manuscript editing is a very tedious, detailed process. It is the very next step after a manuscript has been written. There is something in the editing world referred to as: near letter perfect. This means that an edited project should have minimal to no errors in grammar, punctuation, spelling and sentence structure. Sentence structure is very important because a paragraph and sets of paragraphs should ‘flow’ and not be ‘mumbo-jumbo’. This type of work requires the skills of an individual who somewhat masters this field and has a natural knack for words and phrases. The average reader, whether or not well-versed in English, might notice certain errors such as words and phrases used out of context if they occur. Ultimately, the quality of the work is judged.

Before placing a treasured book of yours on the market, it is a must that it be properly edited first. Editing does not simply entail reviewing and correcting the manuscript during a first reading only. It means reviewing and reviewing, reading and re-reading (which can sometimes be a minimum of 3 or 4 times over) until the piece is near letter perfect. This takes hours of focus and concentration, but is essential if you want to produce quality work.

What about bad reviews?

Every book – including the most well-written and thought out stories – will have bad, unfair, and sometimes even “nasty” reviews posted under it. The author cannot control that. People leave bad reviews for a number of reasons. Sometimes, they just didn’t like the story or the author. For others, grammatical errors (if any) took away from the smooth flow of the text; and for others (believe it or not) – they simply complain about everything even when there’s nothing to complain about. There are even some authors out there who are just plain nasty to fellow authors because they cannot stand to see someone else getting ahead. Your job, as a writer, is to ensure that you produce good, quality work to the best of your ability. Be open to constructive criticism when it is presented in a decent way, but don’t focus on those persons who simply take pleasure in knocking your hard work down and being outright cruel. Good reviews will always overshadow the bad.

Hard work eventually pays off. Take the time to hone your craft, give it your best, and sooner or later, you’re bound to reap a harvest of success.


Real Illusions ‘real’ reviews – impartial & unbiased

5 stars
An unusual and gripping story
By  Mags   on December 14, 2014
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase

“Rarely have I read such a unique story. The characters were realistic, the descriptions and prose excellent and the sequence of this unusual and original story was easy to follow. I cannot wait for the next one. This novel warrants more than 5 stars.”

5 stars
Beautifully Written!!
By  kathleen phillip   on December 28, 2014
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase

“One of the best suspense thrillers I have ever read!!!! You are not going to want to put it down. Beautifully written! Definitely a must read.”

My 40 Day Spiritual Fast – the best 40 days of my life!

The Official Website of No. 1 Bestselling Author Tanya R. Taylor ™

I have integrated the “discipline” of fasting into my life for many years now and believe wholeheartedly in its power to produce incredible results. When we fast for spiritual reasons, we are humbling ourselves before God and demonstrating that we recognize we are nothing without Him and can do nothing without Him. We are displaying our dependence upon Him in every way and amid the situations we face. Chapter 21 of my book: Seeing Beyond the Natural, Student: Me … Professor: Godgives much insight into this discipline and how it can greatly benefit every believer.

Here’s an excerpt:

There are some circumstances in life that command a “take the bull by the horn” sort of approach in order to break down giant obstacles and barriers of delay. The discipline of fasting doesn’t appear to be something that is regularly taught in Christian churches these days, yet it is one of…

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Real Illusions First Amazon Review….

5.0 out of 5 stars An unusual and gripping story, December 14, 2014
By Mags –
This review is from: Real Illusions (Kindle Edition)

“Rarely have I read such a unique story. The characters were realistic, the descriptions and prose excellent and the sequence of this unusual and original story was easy to follow. I cannot wait for the next one. This novel warrants more than 5 stars.”

GET YOUR COPY HERE: http://www.amazon.com/Real-Illusions-Tanya-R-Taylor-ebook/dp/B00Q5TB284/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1418850412&sr=1-1&keywords=real+illusions+tanya+r+taylor

On My Father’s Birthday: A Letter To The Man Who Killed Him


Dear Sir,

I don’t know your name, but you killed my father on June 9, 1973, in Stockton, California. My father was thirty-two years old then; I was ten. If he had lived, he would have been 74 on November 29th.

The year my dad ws killed The year my dad ws killed

I am a 51-year-old woman now; my father has not been with me for most of my life, and yet I still feel his presence; I still miss him. When I was ten, and he was killed, I hated you. In fact, I hated you for many, many years. Somehow I got it in my head that you were a drunk driver and killed him while driving drunk. Perhaps someone told me that, or maybe it’s just what a child creates, to make sense of a senseless world. Admittedly, that story helped me for a while. It gave me a place to focus my…

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‘Jealousy Stagnates’

Hi, Everyone. I’ve been so busy lately promoting my new book that I didn’t get a chance to blog about a topic that has been on my mind now for a little while. I’ve titled this blog: ‘Jealousy Stagnates’ for a very important reason that I’m about to lay out here right now.

Have you ever had a friend whom you always compliment even for the slightest thing like a new hair-do / hair cut or for even bigger things like a promotion on the job or some other type of success, yet for some reason when there’s something new about you / something worthy of a compliment, that friend is utterly quiet? Got any ‘friends’ like that? How does it feel to be the only one complimenting all the time as if you’re on a one-way street? I guess you’ve thought about it, but don’t really vocalize it- particularly to your friend.

The thing is… I realize that some people came from backgrounds where no one ever or rarely ever complimented them for anything they did that was noteworthy – whether in the smaller sense or the larger sense of the word – and so as they grow and mature, they don’t know how to express compliments to others even though they are now being complimented by others. They feel awkward expressing such kindness and therefore, they don’t put in the effort to break out of the box, so to speak. I’ve met some really good people that are like that: They really have that issue because they came from some unimaginably tough backgrounds and thus, being ‘nice’ like that is something they have to work on. Okay, with that out of the way, let’s get on to the crux of the matter (thusly, the title).

Many other people in this world today simply hate to see even the ones they claim to love, get ahead. That’s the fact of the matter. If they’re not doing something that’s positive and worthy of respect or accolades themselves, they don’t believe anyone else should receive any type of accolades or recognition (not that accolades is something you should be looking for). In other words, some people just have such contaminated hearts that they can’t see themselves happy for anyone. Those type of people are rightly in the ‘stagnated’ category… and they’ve put themselves there unknowingly. See, when a person is envious of another person, they find themselves not achieving those things that they greatly desire. It’s not that they don’t have the ability to achieve those things; it’s just that they’ve planted seeds of envy that have taken root and sprouted in their lives, and they find themselves stagnated seemingly like ‘forever’ from getting to the point where they really would like to be.

What’s the remedy?: Learn how to be happy for others. I have a whole chapter in ‘Seeing Beyond The Natural’ book that speaks about that. I knew it needed to be there. If people learn how to do that and actually work at it, they will find themselves moving forward in the direction they were ‘pre-destined’ to go. There’s no way they can miss their destiny. However, if they allow jealousy to consume them (some to the point where they can’t even pay a person a simple compliment) they will find themselves stagnated – most likely – permanently. What a sad, miserable way to exist.

Let’s rise above that negativity and be the best that we can be for ourselves and each other by having the right type of heart and mind-set as we continue our journey in this world.

Have a great day and all the best to you.


Open letter to the parents of Michael Brown

This is so very true. God bless you for taking the time to write this Chris.

Chris Martin Writes

I don’t even know where to being.

I can’t pretend to fully understand your loss and pain. Being a forty-two year old white male in America, I haven’t experienced the harsh realities of society in the ways you have endured. That, in itself, would be a heavy burden to bear. The loss of a son makes it even more overwhelming.

I am a father of two girls, and can’t imagine losing one of them to such a tragedy. We, as parents, are saddled with great responsibility the moment they enter this world. We protect. We nurture. We discipline. We love. We envision grand dreams for our children, unsure if they will ever obtain them. We never anticipate outliving them. It’s an old cliche, but it’s so very true. A parent should never have to bury their own child.

As I watched the events unfold Monday night, my heart broke. I…

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