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Speaker – Billi Joy Carson: Editor and Writer


“Learn the rules like a pro, so you can break them like an artist.” Pablo Picasso

Although talking about writing Billi Joy Carson started her recent talk at Dog-Eared Pages Bookstore with this quote. As an Editor, Ghost Writer, Blogger and a number of other titles Billi Joy knows about the love/hate relationship many writers have with grammar and editing.

One example, that some of you will remember from the movie/book Love Story was how e e cummings actually changed his name so he could break the rules of capitalization and punctuation.


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As you can see from Billi Joy’s photo she is full of energy and humor. She made grammar fun, even for this reluctant editor.

A few helpful suggestions Billi Joy shared were:

**Readers don’t read like you talk so don’t write that way.

**”Enthusiasm always trumps good writing.” Her example was the Twilight series, which I haven’t read, so judge for yourself.

**If you submit “lazy work” to major publishers you won’t make it through the first read. Even a misplaced comma can put your manuscript      on the back burner.

Some of the books Billi Joy suggested are:

Eats, Shoots and Leaves by Lynne Truss

Proofreading Secrets of Best-Selling Authors by Kathy Ide

Writer to Writer: Lessons Learned From a Lifetime of Writing by Cec Murphey

The Christian Writer’s Manual of Style by Robert Hudson

New World Thesaurus

Merriam-Webster Collegiate Dictionary

Chicago Manual of Style: 16th Edition (fiction) and the Associated Press Manual of Style (articles)

And finally:

Decide what your actual goal is.

Are you writing just to make money?

Are you writing to reach out to just one person and make a difference?


Visit the following sites to learn more about this fantastic speaker at Billi Joy Carson and Editing Addict


twitter: @EditingAddict12




  1. Reblogged this on Editing Addict and commented:
    My editor speaking adventures… Thank you, Rita! And, thank you, Dog-Eared Pages!

  2. I totally agree with her on enthusiasm being a major factor. Having read Twilight, I can agree that it isn’t a literary masterpiece, but the story is amazing. 🙂

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