Three sentences in a trench coat pretending to be a coherent thought

At least once a week when I'm reading, or editing, copy related to work I'll skim over something and realize that what I just read makes no sense. Sure, the words are used properly. The paragraph is composed of sentences that seem grammatically correct. But if you stop to think about what the copy is … Continue reading Three sentences in a trench coat pretending to be a coherent thought

Make your sentences poorer, get out of the three comma club

There's a running gag in the show Silicon Valley about a character obsessed with being in the "three comma" club. Being a billionaire, in other words. When he loses enough money to drop from $1.2 billion to "merely" $900 million, he's "financially ruined" and despondent. Judging by the way some folks write sentences, they're just … Continue reading Make your sentences poorer, get out of the three comma club

How to make money writing, the query letter (or email…)

Prior to taking the job I have now as editorial director for Linux.com, I was a freelancer for about six years, writing for Linux Magazine, Enterprise Linux Magazine, UnixReview.com, Linux Weekly News, IBM developerWorks, ZDNet, and a few others. I thought I’d share a few tips here that might help prospective authors get a little … Continue reading How to make money writing, the query letter (or email…)