Too often authors approach me about developmental editing after they've had their manuscripts copy and line edited. This is disheartening because they've wasted time and money.
In this post, I walk you through the four phases of a book project, focusing on the types and order of editing. I also talk about exceptions to the rule and how you can improve your chance of capturing the attention of a literary agent. Read More
Are you taking, yielding, or owning space? Read More
This post will help you to define your ideal reader by asking you to identify your book’s highest level of contribution, who wants to hear what you have to say, and where those readers go to find the type of information your book provides. Read More
When we ask better questions, we get better answers and immediately differentiate ourselves from our competition regardless of changes in the political and/or economic landscape. Read More
This is my first piece of commercial nonfiction published. In it, I show the progression of romantic relationships using rock climbing in the wild places of Idaho as a backdrop.
It is an example of narrative nonfiction. Read More
Laurie Buchanan fascinates me. She has as much energy as anyone I know, but the difference between her energy and that of others is power.
People who exude energy often display nervous energy, the kind of energy that pulls rather than pushes, the kind that depletes rather than energizes.
When Laurie speaks and writes, her words don’t take up space and push out the opinions and thoughts of others. Her words create space. And in that space, the listener or reader has room to think, be, and grow.
In this post, I introduce you to my client Laurie Buchanan. Read More
Most freelancers do their jobs, the tasks clients hire them to do. But they miss the big picture and a huge opportunity to serve their clients' higher needs and support their long-term goals. Read More
It's important to understand the legal and reputational risks you face as an author, particularly if you write nonfiction. You may be familiar with the rules that apply to academic writing, but those rules most likely do not apply to you now.
What follows is an explanation of how to track and cite your sources per Chicago Manual of Style (CMOS), which is the publishing industry's style guide. Read More
When does adding value devalue your business and detract from your quality of life?
Most of my posts are written to help authors, and authors can certainly learn what not to do here. But, this post is specifically for other editors and service providers. Read More
We brag about a lot of things, but many of those things are false positives and hide the truth about what's really going on.
In this post, I share what professionals who think beyond the data points hear when authors throw out some of the most common brags. Read More
Understanding the difference between plot and story is critical to your success as a writer. The plot moves the story. The story makes the plot more interesting. Read More