Best Practices

How to Give and Receive High-Quality Referrals

How to Give and Receive High-Quality Referrals

Referrals are perhaps the most efficient way to get new business and establish yourself as a problem solver. In this post, I show you how I interact with people when I give and receive a referral and what I do to stay connected and valuable after the fact.

The #1 Networking Mistake Amateur LinkedIn Users Are Making

The #1 Networking Mistake Amateur LinkedIn Users Are Making

LinkedIn is a powerful networking tool for serious business people, but many users are making the big mistake I talk about in this post and in doing so limiting their professional standing and income.

The 4 Phases of a Book Project

The 4 Phases of a Book Project

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.

Tracking and Citing References for Your Nonfiction Book

Tracking and Citing References for Your Nonfiction Book

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.

Letters to Editors: When Adding Value Takes Away from What We Do

Letters to Editors: When Adding Value Takes Away from What We Do

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.

I'm writing this because perhaps you too are experiencing what I've been experiencing, and perhaps we can overcome this together.