April 8, 2019
What Your Word Count Tells Me Before I Read Your Manuscript

With no knowledge other than your manuscript’s word count and whether it’s fiction or nonfiction, I can with a high degree of accuracy predict three things: your skill as a writer (and, therefore, readiness to publish) your knowledge of the book market and publishing industry your understanding of and empathy with your ideal reader What […]

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January 10, 2018
The 4 Phases of a Book Project

Too often authors approach me about developmental editing after having their manuscript copy and line edited. More than once I've been approached by an author after their book has been laid out. And once, an author had gone so far as uploading the document to Amazon before seeking any professional guidance. It's disheartening to have […]

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5 Tips to Help You Save Money on Editing

The cost of professional editing services can take a big bite out of the budget you’ve set for your book. Here are five tips to help you save money on editing while preserving the quality of your product. KNOW YOUR GENRE AND ITS STYLE Did you know that fiction follows a different set of editorial […]

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