NaNo(F-ing)WriMo

NaNo(F-ing)WriMo

I edit books for a living. I LOVE what I do. I feel incredibly lucky that there are people who trust me with their writing. I'm amazed at the courage people have to put so much of themselves down on paper and then share it with others. And, more than anything, I am astounded by the sheer number of people who manage the hardest thing of all: writing the darn thing.

Reading for Pleasure: How Sweet Valley High Made Me a Life-Long Reader

Reading for Pleasure: How Sweet Valley High Made Me a Life-Long Reader

As I sifted through piles of my favourite childhood books, I looked back fondly at all the preteen fluff I loved so much (including, yes, Sweet Valley High). Whether it's a timeless classic or not, a beloved book can help a child develop a life-long habit of reading for pleasure.

When Writer and Editor Disagree (It's Okay)

When Writer and Editor Disagree (It's Okay)

Writers and editors don’t have to agree on everything, and you absolutely don’t have to accept every change your editor suggests. But your editor is there to help you improve your writing. It can be a shock to face a sea of Tracked Changes in a manuscript you had already declared “final,” but remember that your editor’s job is to see what your reader will see. Take a deep breath, then dive in with an open mind.

New Authors: Is It Time for Your Checkup?

New Authors: Is It Time for Your Checkup?

Are you toiling away at your manuscript, waiting until the big day you finally call it "finished" before you hire an editor? Just because you're not done yet doesn't mean you can't get value from some editorial feedback; in fact, it could save you from unnecessary work and make the whole writing process go a lot more smoothly—not to mention inspire you to keep going.