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

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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 … Continue reading If you want to write a book, stop before you start

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

Why Stephanie Chandler wrote The Nonfiction Book Publishing Plan

I first became aware of the impressive depth and breadth of work that Stephanie Chandler was doing when she was a fellow speaker for a major online event aimed at self-publishers.Interested by her talk, I visited her website and learned of an organization she'd founded: the Nonfiction Authors Association. I'd never heard of it before … Continue reading Why Stephanie Chandler wrote The Nonfiction Book Publishing Plan

The Problem with Memoir

In “Why Your Memoir Won’t Sell,” Jane Friedman offers seven reasons why a memoir won’t move copies. To paraphrase: It’s the first “legit” writing you’ve ever attempted. It’s an act of catharsis (a. k. a. emotional vomit). It’s a glorified diary. It’s a chronological autobiography. It’s a series of unrelated anecdotes from your life. It’s … Continue reading The Problem with Memoir

How Long Should My Book Be?

“My memoir is 270,000 words long.” I heard these words during a breakout session I led at a local writers conference. An editor friend of mine, Shayla Eaton with Curiouser Editing, was sitting in on the breakout. We gave each other knowing glances, and because I didn’t want to break this poor memoirist’s literary heart, … Continue reading How Long Should My Book Be?