Author Archives: Eytan Bernstein

About Eytan Bernstein

40. Bay Area-based writer/editor/RPG designer.

Editing Tips #8 – Cutting Word Count

Editing Tips #8 – Cutting Word Count You’ve completed a draft of your manuscript, but your editor wants you to cut 10,000 words. Or you are hoping to get your mystery novel published, but its word count is veering into … Continue reading

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Editing Tips #7: How to get on your editor’s good side

For my 7th article on editing tips, I’d like to talk about things editors love to see and things that really frustrate us. We talk to each other, so you don’t want to develop a reputation as unprofessional, difficult, or … Continue reading

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My Story “I Never Knew” in Queer Sci Fi “Ink” Anthology

My Story “I Never Knew” will be printed in Queer Sci Fi’s “Ink” Anthology. More info as it becomes available.

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Editing Tips #6: Commas and the Word But

Editing Tips #6: Commas and the Word But I’m going to let you in on a secret: you don’t always need to use a comma before the word but. Many of us are in the habit of putting a comma … Continue reading

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Editing Tips #5: Antecedents

As writers, we usually know the intent behind the words we use. Unfortunately, this can cause us to miss ambiguity in our writing. That’s why it’s so important to establish clear antecedents. An antecedent is a word in a paragraph … Continue reading

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Editing Tips #4: Microagressions

For my fourth editing tips article, I’d like to talk about microaggressive language. Microaggressions are terms people use that convey hostility or disdain for marginalized groups. They can be intentional or unintentional. I covered gender in a previous post, so … Continue reading

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Editing Tips #3: Gendered Language

For my 3rd post on editing tips, I’d like to talk about gendered language. By gendered language, I am referring to the use of gendered nouns and pronouns when describing an unnamed individual or individuals – generic people on the … Continue reading

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Editing Tips #2: Filler Words

For my 2nd post on common editing issues, I’m going to talk about filler words.When talking about filler in writing, editors are referring to words and phrases that add no additional meaning to a sentence. The sentence would function fine … Continue reading

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Editing Tips #1: Passive Voice

I wanted to start a series of posts about common issues editors see again and again while editing manuscripts (including RPG manuscripts). Let me know if you find this valuable and if there are topics you’d like me to cover. … Continue reading

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Facebook Business Page

I’ve set up a FB business page to act as a hub for my copyediting and writing work. Check it out at https://www.facebook.com/gaming/EytanCBernstein

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