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It’s Never Too Late to Say Thank You

It’s Never Too Late to Say Thank You by Jake Poinier A high school classmate recently posted on Facebook that Mr. McGraw, my favorite teacher from those years, had retired. It caught me by surprise, because he couldn’t possibly be … Continue reading

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Fact-checking “well known facts”

Fact-checking “well known facts” by Jake Poinier While editing an article, I needed to research the author’s use of the old saying that the Chinese characters for “danger” and “opportunity” combine to form the ideogram “crisis.” (I initially thought the … Continue reading

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Are You Unconsciously Competent?

Are You Unconsciously Competent? by Jake Poinier As writers, editors, designers, publishers, and businesspeople, we’re always evolving. Pushing yourself to the next level requires understanding a psychological principle known as “The Four Stages of Competence.” If you’re not familiar with the … Continue reading

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Standing Up for Yourself in the Publishing Process

Standing Up for Yourself in the Publishing Process by Jake Poinier A friend of mine, call her Beth, recently had a frustrating experience with a so-called traditional publisher. She’d gone through a stretch of long weeks to get her manuscript … Continue reading

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Silly Grammar Debates

Silly Grammar Debates by Jake Poinier I’m a member of a group of editors on Facebook, and it never fails to surprise me how heated and opinionated people can become about the smallest points of grammar. (As I wrote earlier … Continue reading

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Dad, Are You a Famous Writer?

Dad, Are You a Famous Writer? by Jake Poinier When my son Nick was about 5 years old, he stared up at me with his big, round, blue eyes and asked, “Dad, what’s Pluto?” My own dad was a traveling … Continue reading

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Friends and Family Anonymous

Friends and Family Anonymous by Jake Poinier As a general rule, I don’t do paid work for friends and family. My experience is that they expect too much for too little, and emotions play too much of a role – … Continue reading

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