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Grammary Guru #1

Jan 04, 2020

Salutations, ladies and gentlemen! Allow me to introduce myself: I am Guinevere of the Glen, the Grammary Guru. I realize that my name is too long, so please call me Gwen. Yes, you read that right! This very website you are reading right now is my domain. For two years now, I and my pen warriors have imparted nuggets of wisdom to you, our beloved readers! We figured it’s time we step forward from the shadows to answer all your questions and queries, related to literature, grammar, editing, language, and more, all for the love of English! As you peruse our new series, you will be introduced to my mighty pen warriors, all of whom have their own area of specialty. I, Gwen, shall respond to......

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1-Hour Proofreading is Migrating to a New Platform

Dec 22, 2019

Hi! We at 1-Hour Proofreading are excited to announce that we have a new platform that will improve your user experience. With our new line of services, we hope that you will continuously entrust 1-Hour Proofreading with your manuscripts. The new platform will fully take over effective January 6, 2020. We will redirect the old 1hourproofreading.com to the new domain onehourproofreading.com. The old website will then be archived. Your documents were already purged, so there is no way you can retrieve them even from the archive, but you may still access your order history. In this regard, we invite you to register to the new website onehourproofreading.com/login, or we can automatica......

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Writing for Your Written Works: How to Develop Effective Promo Copy for Your Books

Jul 23, 2019

Writing a book is not easy. Finishing one is a major accomplishment, but it doesn’t stop there—you still have to get people to read it. In the Internet age, online marketing is one of the most convenient ways to get word of your book out to potential readers. The Internet is an accessible advertising platform, but utilizing it is not a walk in the park. What makes for effective online marketing? Digital marketing experts have come up with answers, and it’s not just about posting promos and spending money on them blindly. Consumers (including potential readers) are already bombarded with tons of advertisements every day. Photos and videos are commonplace, so what catches the attent......

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Fiction beyond Form and Familiarity: Mark Danielewski

Jul 18, 2019

Signiconic or visual writing is a modern literature genre that transcends typical writing form, with the author exploring different typefaces, page layouts, and even font colors to convey the simplest or most complicated of stories. With the use of signiconic writing to create metanarratives that shock, astound, and even horrify readers, Mark Danielewski is known as the author who made a name for himself and defied the boundaries of modern surrealist fiction. Danielewski was born on March 5, 1966, in New York City. His father, Tad, was a Polish avant-garde film director, while his younger sister, Annie, would become the singer-songwriter known as Poe in the mid-nineties. During D......

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A Writer, a Warrior

Jul 16, 2019

Taking on writing as a profession is no easy feat. You’ll have to deal with many factors that could hinder your getting published. You’ll get rejections or may even be asked to compromise your work for the sake of someone else’s interest. You might feel bullied by literary critics or ignored by even the most commercial of readers. It takes a strong will and a passionate heart to continue writing even though at times you feel as if everything is going south. Notwithstanding the hardships, being a writer is definitely one of the bravest professions in the world. Freedom of speech is a basic human right. Although all of us embrace that right, some of us go a step further in their e......

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The Working-Class Writer: John Steinbeck

Jul 11, 2019

  Abruptly following the overindulgent era of the Roaring Twenties, the United States experienced the harshest of economic downturns, and its citizens soon felt the humbling blow of the Great Depression. As a laborer-turned-writer, John Steinbeck perfectly captured the diminished spirit of the American working class through his sobering stories of survival, camaraderie, and hope in the midst of poverty.   Steinbeck was born on February 2, 1902, in Salinas, California. His father worked several jobs to support his family, mainly as a flour mill manager, while his mother was a schoolteacher. Young Steinbeck and his two elder sisters enjoyed reading, fast becoming avid fa......

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The Glitz and Gamble of the Jazz Age: F. Scott Fitzgerald

Jul 04, 2019

For nearly a century, he has been renowned for his colorful works of fiction, his celebrity presence in the Roaring Twenties, his indulgent lifestyle, and, of course, his creation of the “Great American Novel." No other American author truly embodies the fancies and follies of the Jazz Age than Francis Scott Fitzgerald. Fitzgerald was born on September 24, 1896, in St. Paul, Minnesota, to Catholic parents—an aristocrat father and a provincial mother. He was named after a distant relative on his father’s side, Francis Scott Key, the lyricist of the “Star-Spangled Banner.” Fitzgerald attended St. Paul Academy and, at the age of 13, published his first piece of fiction, a short detec......

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Sarah Kane: A Candid and Daring Playwright

Jun 13, 2019

The year is 1995. The Royal Court Theatre in London is all set up for a production written by a debuting playwright. The British audiences, always excited to see grand productions from their favorite theaters, have just settled in their seats. Lights are turned off, and the curtains finally open. No one in the theater knows exactly what to expect, but apparently, Blasted by Sarah Kane is not what they’re prepared for. A series of physical violence, sexual harassment—and even cannibalism—Blasted is a play that presented sex and war in its most raw and most natural form. It was described by the British press as “disgusting,” “scandalizing,” and “nightmarish,” but that didn’t stop Sa......

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