I mentioned earlier that I’m giving this year the big, open-ended, grandiose designation of Project 2015. Mainly, it’s a reminder to me that every day is what you make of it, good or bad. You can pay attention to things that go wrong and stew in your worries, or you can wrap your arms around your … Read More »
I have been on a hunt for great editing and freelancing resources these past few weeks–the changing of the seasons always inspires me to take a fresh look at my writing and editing business, and make sure everything is on track. Once in a while, Amazon’s list of book recommendations is spot-on, and I thought … Read More »
As my monthly writing week winds down, and I find myself still struggling with scenes between my protagonist and antagonist, I wanted to share a few insights on what’s working, what’s not, and what I’ve learned in hopes that it will be helpful to at least one of you. I admire Lajos Egri’s book on … Read More »
Portland, Oregon’s authors have many friends in common, and it’s a good day when two more of us meet, making its community even tighter. I had the honor of meeting Gigi Little this fall when our friend-in-common, author Laura Stanfill, included us in Brave on the Page: Oregon Writers on Craft and the Creative Life, an anthology … Read More »
This story now appears on Salon.com. Link here.
The longer I have worked as an editor, the more I’ve had the pleasure of watching writers develop over the course of many novels. David Seaburn has just released his fourth novel, which is his second published by Savant Books. Every story has its own requirements for revision, and as David tells us here, sometimes … Read More »
At February’s San Miguel de Allende writer’s conference, agent Kathleen Anderson had some great advice for writers. One of the unexpected good fortunes to shake loose from the publishing industry’s layoffs is the sudden abundance of freelance editors for hire. Let me clarify exactly how good this is. There have always been lots of freelance … Read More »
You might have seen my interview with Laura Stanfill a few weeks ago. This week, she returned the favor. Read her interview with me here.
1.Typographical errors are more difficult to get rid of than cockroaches. 2. Never, never, never assume you can do it alone. “Indie publishing” means “not a Big Six publisher.” It does not mean, “I am an island of astounding writing, editorial, graphic design, technological, and business savvy.” 3. At first you will feel like you’ve … Read More »
As part of my hands-on research in the world of e-books and self-publishing, I have posted a short multi-format e-book for novelists on Smashwords.com. The Editor’s Lexicon: Essential Terms for Novelists contains over 175 of the most common editing terms I use in the course of my work. I wrote it in response to many … Read More »