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 … Continue reading What Happens When an Editor Writes Her First Novel? An Interview with Shayla Raquel on the Launch of “The Suicide Tree”
Friend and author Darren Sapp recently emailed me with a few choice questions regarding style guides and writing books. Because of his post-graduate degrees, the Turabian style guide is thoroughly lodged in his brain. But because he’s writing and publishing his own novels, he wanted to know if another style guide is better suited to … Continue reading What Style Guide Should I Use?
At the beginning of 2017, I was given the glad opportunity to write a monthly column for The Write Life, one of my favorite writing websites. Every month, I consider a topic from an editor's perspective. I've covered how to find an editor, what you can expect to pay an editor, and how to format … Continue reading What Does an Editor Most Want from an Author?
You may have come to the right place, but maybe not. For instance, what's missing from my list of writing and editing services? I provide ghostwriting, co-writing, nonfiction developmental editing and manuscript critiques, and both nonfiction and fiction copyediting services. What's missing is quite an important task: developmental editing for fiction. Currently, I don't offer that editing … Continue reading Looking for a Book Editor?