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FAQ: Self-Publishing Timeline

All too frequently I talk to first-time writers who have completely unrealistic expectations of when they’ll be publishing. “I just finished my book,” they might say. “I’d like to have it published next month.” Theoretically, yes, they could probably pull it off—but anything published on that timeline is guaranteed to be a mess. There is an ideal […]

Week in Review: Holiday Prep

Week in Review: Holiday Prep

Have you ever noticed how the weeks leading up to the holidays feel extra magical and extra frantic? We spent the weekend making a holiday countdown chain (which Cheeks insisted we extend out to her birthday in February – so the chain now wraps around her entire room) and I am equal parts ecstatic and […]

FAQ: What is a book coach? And do you need one?

I’m currently in the middle of two book coaching jobs. This isn’t a service I’ve advertised in the past, but it is one I occasionally offer when a potential book editing client contacts me and it becomes clear they don’t quite know where to begin. Book coaching is basically like having an editor who holds […]

Week in Review: Winter Wonderland

Week in Review: Winter Wonderland

We got a bit of snow this week in Alaska: And it has made everything feel magical. Seriously, I love living somewhere with seasons. And now that there’s snow on the ground, the colder temps just feel worth it. Plus, it means Christmas is just around the corner! Over on Facebook we had a fun […]

FAQ: What Kind of Editor Do You Need?

At least a few times a month, I get an email from a new writer looking for an editor. When I ask what type of editing they need, they inevitably respond with, “What do you mean?” Most new authors don’t realize there are several different types of editing available. And when I explain the differences […]

Week in Review: Trick or Treat

Week in Review: Trick or Treat

Instead of snow this Halloween, we had 40 degree weather and the creepiest fog anyone could ever hope for. My girl was elated. Both by the spooky factor, and by the fact that she was able to run around for about 15 minutes without her jacket covering her costume: I kept my promise and put […]

FAQ: Should You Pursue Traditional or Self-Publishing?

Working as a developmental editor, and being a writer who has self-published a memoir and is now working on a fiction novel I’ll pursue traditional publishing for, I get asked this question all the time. And the answer is always: it depends. I have connections to agents and experience helping writers to pursue that traditional […]

Week in Review: All The Things

Week in Review: All The Things

I think I’ve mentioned before that when you start writing for a living, updating your own blog becomes less and less of a priority. I wish that weren’t the case, but in any given month I may have 20 to 35 writing assignments, at least two books I’m developmental editing, social media accounts I’m running, and […]

What If Milk Could Make The Difference?

What If Milk Could Make The Difference?

At my daughter’s preschool, milk is doled out based on punch cards. At the beginning of every month, I pay 10 dollars for her to have 20 punches. That’s milk every day of the week. And chocolate milk on Fridays, which she thinks is pretty special. If for some reason she runs out of punches, […]

While I've Been Out

While I’ve Been Out

I’ve been absolutely terrible about updating this space here. The good news is, that’s because my schedule has been completely packed with work. I haven’t had to bid or fight for jobs in well over a year now. I’m booking out a month or two in advance for editing clients, all word of mouth based on […]