John Rains, Writing Coach
Hello. I am a newspaper writing coach in North Carolina. I have self-published four books, which of course I would hate to sell to you. But if you twist my arm, these are the books:
Shooting Straight in the Media / A Firearms Guide for Writers.
Practical Words on News Writing, my latest.
Writing Beyond the Routine / For More Readable Newspapers.
Write Your Way Into the Papers (a guide for newspaper correspondents).
Two of the books, Practical Words on News Writing and Write Your Way into the Papers, are in paperback and are available at Lulu.com. The other books are in paperback but right now you have to order from me. You can e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org and put "book order" in the subject line. Soon I will have all of my books published at Lulu. See the link below. All of my books are available as e-books at Ebookomatic.com.
You can find some of my articles archived at No Train, No Gain, a Web site for newsroom trainers; at Writing-World.com; at the Poynter Institute and at the American Copy Editors site.
For several years, I have written a column titled Notes From A Writing Coach, first at a Web site called Small Town Press and now at http://www.writingcoach.zoomshare.com/. Just click the link at the bottom of the page.
If you have a question about writing, I welcome your e-mails. (Use "writing coach" in the subject line so I'll know you're not a spammer.)
As you might guess from the title of one of the books, I have a special interest in firearms, a subject that may be the source of more errors in news writing than any other. If you have writing-related questions about firearms, I welcome those too.
I have given seminars on writing and editing to newspaper groups and others. If you would like to have me give a seminar for your group, let's talk. And if you are a writing coach or newsroom trainer, I am always glad to exchange ideas and materials. I have developed a number of handouts and slide shows and I'm willing to share.
Here's a partial list of seminar topics:
Storytelling (Writing narrative nonfiction)
Weeds in Grammar's Garden
Shooting Straight in the Media(A primer on firearms and common errors about them)
Cracking the Nut Graf; Organizing Stories