Author Archives: Jen Matera



Jen Matera

Let’s Talk Conjunctions
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Let’s Talk Conjunctions

What is a conjunction? Oh sure, you’ve heard the word over and over most of your life, but what exactly is a conjunction? If you’re of a certain age, you’ve probably watched “Schoolhouse Rock” and learned that a conjunction is a word that hooks up “words and phrases and clauses.” But in order to understand conjunctions, we need to understand what words, phrases, and clauses...

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24 Aug 2015
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Hey, Wait—Is That Right? When Style And Grammar Clash

I’ve seen it. You’ve seen it. We’ve all seen it. That glaring grammatical error in that über popular novel we couldn’t wait to get our hands on. And we’ve thought to ourselves, “Man, why didn’t the editor catch that?!?! That should have been—” And that’s where I’m going to stop the train. First and foremost, everyone knows there are a lot of rules when it...

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03 Aug 2015
in Articles, On Editing

What Should Authors Expect From An Editor?

Whether you are embarking on your first publishing venture as an author or if you are already a published author who’s decided to jump into the deep end of the self-publishing pool for the first time, working with a freelance author is a necessity if you want to present your best work. Many authors venturing out into the freelance world are former publishing house authors. Having worked at...

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27 Jul 2015
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Divas Rec: Participial Phrases? C’mon, You Made that Up

Divas Recommend: Participial Phrases? C’mon, You Made that Up by Beth Hill I admit it; incorrect grammar is a pet peeve of mine, and the misuse of participial phrases ranks right up there at the top of the list of grammar no-no’s. Dangling participles, misplaced modifiers, and nonsimultaneous participial phrases… those are the top three. I recently read the first book in series—I love a good series—and...

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23 Jul 2015
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More Misspelled and Misused Foreign Phrases

So we’re back with part two of our misspelled and misused foreign phrases. I really hope you enjoyed part one and found some of the information helpful. Since I had so much fun with the word Kummerspeck, which, if you read part one, you’d know is German for the excess weight gained from emotional overeating. Literally translated, it’s grief bacon. Today’s phrase is l’esprit de...

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13 Jul 2015
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Misspelled and Misused Foreign Phrases

Using foreign phrases can be beneficial to your manuscript, not only because they add flair, but because sometimes they just sound better or more aptly fit certain situations in your novel. Not to mention that there are actually foreign terms for which there are no English words. Kummerspeck, for example, is German for the excess weight gained from emotional overeating. Literally translated, it’s grief bacon....

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08 Jul 2015
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Divas Rec: 7 Signs Your Novel Is Doomed

Divas Recommend: 7 Signs Your Novel Is Doomed And How to Avoid Them By Kim Mills I love articles about writing pitfalls and the tips and tricks authors use to avoid them. This article, 7 Signs Your Novel Is Doomed And How to Avoid Them by Kim Mills at Writer’s Haven, is a gem because not only does it break down the habits that can doom your novel from...

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02 Jul 2015
in Articles, On Writing

Character Consistency

Character Consistency How many times have you been reading something and out of nowhere there’s an odd change to a character that comes with no explanation? Nothing inconsequential, of course—something substantial, like eye color or body type or a huge personality change that goes unexplained? Are you the type of reader who would notice that sort of thing? As an editor, I have to be. During...

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22 Jun 2015
in Articles, Commonly Confused

Commonly Confused: Ascent/Assent and Descent/Decent

In this episode of Commonly Confused, I’m going to discuss the commonly confused pairs ascent/assent and descent/decent. Although dissent may have seemed a more likely choice, given its meaning, I find it’s not misused nearly as often as decent is in this situation. Let’s start at the bottom. From Merriam-Webster, ascent is the act of ascending or rising; a moving or mounting upward. In layman’s terms,...

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17 Jun 2015
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Divas Rec: Proofreading is not editing

Divas Recommend: Proofreading is not editing by Connie J. Jasperson Every once in a while an article comes along and just explains things perfectly. “Proofreading is not editing” by Connie J. Jasperson on her blog Life in the Realm of Fantasy is exactly that. When discussing proofreading, she reiterates that a proofreader is not there to edit; that’s been done already. A proofreader is a fresh...

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11 Jun 2015
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