June 24, 2019
You Can Always Do More Than You Think You Can

guest post by developmental editing client Scott Forrester What have you done recently that was a bit challenging? I recently participated in the Western States 100 training run that covers the last 22 miles of its 100.2-mile race course. The training run is a unique event and wonderful opportunity to experience the legendary course if […]

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June 8, 2019
Cristen's Wish List: Memoir

I’m actively looking for compelling, high stakes survivor, medical, and adventure memoir projects and literary memoirs and essay compilations that have strong themes and a built-in audience. If a results-oriented developmental editor or book collaborator and long-term strategic partner is on your wish list, let's talk to see if we're a good fit. SOME OF […]

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June 8, 2019
Cristen's Wish List: Vegan Book Projects

I'm looking for thought-provoking, nuanced academic and subject matter expert written nonfiction projects focused on veganism. My degree in anthropology and focus on medical anthropology means I love working with people who shine a light in dark places and help readers better see, understand, and navigate the world around them in a healthy, sustainable way. […]

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June 8, 2019
Cristen's Wish List: Fiction Projects

I'm actively looking for thought-provoking and nuanced literary, upmarket, and Southern Gothic (grit lit) fiction projects. I help clients develop high-stakes fiction that moves: clear goals, conflict, strong character development, interesting protagonists, complex antagonists, and situations that drive the story. I’m particularly interested in nuanced stories with a strong sense of place, where setting and […]

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June 8, 2019
Identify and Bridge the Communication Gap to Persuade

Being right is one thing. Being persuasive quite another. Often passionate people--myself included--communicate in ways that appeal only to those who already agree with or think like us. We "school" people with facts and logic and congratulate ourselves for our reasoning skills and courage but are confused and frustrated when met with silence and inaction […]

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June 8, 2019
An Interesting Story Requires an Interesting Antagonist: Example from Colson Whitehead's The Underground Railroad

Colson Whitehead's Pulitzer Prize-winning book, The Underground Railroad, offers an excellent example of the relationship required between the protagonist and antagonist to craft a page-turning, stick-with-the-reader story. The Underground Railroad tells the story of (no spoilers ahead) a runaway slave girl's journey from the plantation she'd been forced to call home across the antebellum South […]

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June 7, 2019
Book and Writing Awards: The Why, Which, and When

Many authors don't understand the value of book awards or are hesitant to enter them because they've been told that anything they have to pay for is a scam. Are Book and Writing Awards Scams? I'm sure there are scams out there, which is why you must do your due diligence by researching them before […]

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June 5, 2019
Which Publishing Option Is Right for You: Traditional, Indie, Hybrid, Partner, or Self?

originally posted 2015 Are you writing a book but aren't sure which publishing option is right for you? There are many options: traditional, indie, hybrid (sometimes called partner), and self-publishing. This article is designed to help you identify which one fits your needs and goals. I’ll provide a brief overview of each option’s business model, […]

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June 3, 2019
Three Ways Entrepreneurial Writers Can Boost Performance

As many of you know, I do not do sponsored posts nor do I use affiliate links or make money in any other way by promoting the work of others. When I do so it’s because I trust the person, respect their work, and truly believe that my clients and readers will benefit from what […]

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May 17, 2019
Migraines Almost Killed My Business; Adopting a Whole-Food, Plant-Based Diet Dramatically Improved Them Both

In June of 2016, my business was profitable enough to have allowed me to quit my day job and be 100% self-employed, but financial health alone cannot sustain a business. Being physically healthy enough to predictably deliver high-quality work is required. And that summer I was in big trouble. Chronic Migraines A chronic migraine sufferer […]

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guest post by developmental editing client Scott Forrester What have you done recently that was a bit challenging? I recently participated in the Western States

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Cristen's Memoir Wish List

I’m actively looking for compelling, high stakes survivor, medical, and adventure memoir projects and literary memoirs and essay compilations that have strong themes and a

Read More »
Cristen's Vegan Book Project Wish List

I'm looking for thought-provoking, nuanced academic and subject matter expert written nonfiction projects focused on veganism. My degree in anthropology and focus on medical anthropology

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Cristen's Fiction Wish List

I'm actively looking for thought-provoking and nuanced literary, upmarket, and Southern Gothic (grit lit) fiction projects. I help clients develop high-stakes fiction that moves: clear

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