Books

If you want to write a book, stop before you start

The calls start innocently enough. “I found you online while searching for an editor. I want to write a book.” Then I’m regaled for a couple of minutes—sometimes much longer than that—about the content of this ethereal, would-be, much-desired future book. But I don’t need to know all that much about the content of your …

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What Happens When an Editor Writes Her First Novel? An Interview with Shayla Raquel on the Launch of “The Suicide Tree”

I believe I “met” Shayla Raquel after being invited to an editors-only Facebook group that she and a co-conspirator launched a few years ago. Since I was just beginning my career as a freelance editor, I relished that group’s insight, camaraderie, and helpfulness. Whenever I felt stuck, I asked that group. The fact that I …

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To Be Read: One Writer's Fight Against His Ridiculous Reading Ambitions (August 2018)

Rather appropriately, Nick Hornby’s The Polysyllabic Spree bookended my time at the God’s Whisper Farm Writers’ Retreat in Radiant, Virginia, in late June of this year. I read his slim volume on both my departing and return flights. The book’s subtitle—which has to be a tagline rather than a subtitle because of its ridiculous yet …

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Cartoonist Wes Molebash Talks Writing, Productivity, Inspiration, and What's Next for MOLEBASHED

On March 29th, Wes Molebash began his first Kickstarter project to fund print and digital editions of the first season of his autobiographical, family-based comic strip, MOLEBASHED. I’m interviewing him today for three reasons: I’ve (digitally) known Wes since he created the fantastic chapter title page illustrations for my first book, The Gospel According to Breaking Bad. MOLEBASHED centers …

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Looking for a Literary Agent? Make Sure They Have These 3 Essential Qualities

In addition to the editing and ghostwriting I do on a full-time basis as part of BA Writing Solutions LLC, I also help authors craft book proposals. Though it’s not always offered as part of the package, I recently helped an author-client find a literary agent. After being turned down by a few book agents …

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