September 5, 2019
How to Know When Your Writing Is Good Enough

At a writing workshop I taught, a participant asked, "How will I know when my writing is good enough?" The answer is simple: You'll know your writing is good enough when you pass the test. But that begs the question: What's the test? How to Test Your Writing Skills Identify publications that exercise editorial discretion. […]

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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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March 27, 2019
A Freelance Editor's Take on Gatekeepers, Literary Snobs, and Naysayers

You don’t have to look far for a blog post by an angry author or listen long at a writer’s event to hear someone complain about “gatekeepers,” “literary snobs,” and “naysayers.” That’s nonsense. It’s a linguist temper tantrum pure and simple and demonstrates willful ignorance.* PUBLISHING IS A BUSINESS OF YES Literary agents and traditional […]

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August 10, 2018
Quick-Reference Publishing Stats You Need to Know!

I often tell excited prospective clients and workshop participants that my superpower is being a buzz kill. This usually gets a laugh, but I'm only half joking. The competition for shelf space and reader attention is fierce. The reality is that most books aren't commercially viable. I could focus on the positive and blow smoke and […]

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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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Which Publishing Option Is Right for You: Traditional, Indie, or Self?

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, pros and cons, […]

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