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The Number One Mark Of An Amateur Writer – Wednesday November 27, 2019

It's time for some publishing wisdom. Many people are freelance writers as side hustles. They write books, articles, brochures, or novels, while also holding a full-time job. Without years of experience in writing, there are some mistakes that everyone can make, if they are not careful.

As a writing coach and NYU professor I work with my students to build their portfolio and get the attention of editors.

I always tell them there is one way to immediately get sent to the slush pile.

If you want to be taken seriously as a professional writer, stop using exclamation marks as punctuation. It’s the mark of an amateur, and every editor thinks it, even if they don't tell you to your face.

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