Articles

Every month, we send a newsletter to our community featuring upcoming events as well as an article by one of our knowledgeable team members. This page chronicles the articles, but be sure to sign up for the newsletter to get them in your inbox and to be updated about events.

How to Create Characters the Star Wars Way

by Kristen Hall-Geisler, Collaborative Editor Often when we’re writing fiction—or at least when I’m writing fiction—I come up with a few main characters, a setting, and a plot. I know what kind of story I want to tell, so I dig right in. It doesn’t take long before I...

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The Truth about Proofreading

by Susan DeFreitas, Collaborative Editor Writers, beware: By the time your book is ready for proofreading, you will have read each sentence what feels like a million times. And yet, insidious errors lurk within the pages of the manuscript that you simply cannot see....

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Getting the Book Cover You Want

by Olivia M. Croom, Collaborative Designer You’ve finally arrived. Your manuscript is complete, and whether you’re hiring a designer or reviewing cover concepts from a publisher, your book needs a cover. This can be daunting. No one knows your story the way you...

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The Importance of File Management for Self-Publishers

by Jennifer Zaczek, Collaborative Editor Last week, I received an email from a client saying that she’d committed “a big oops.” She’d sent me the wrong version of her manuscript for ebook formatting. All the work had to be redone. If this hasn’t happened to you, it...

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Two Ways to Assess Your Book’s Architecture

by Vinnie Kinsella, Collaborative Designer and Publications Consultant When you walk into a building for the first time, what do you notice? Is it the art on the walls or the fact that some walls are load bearing and others aren’t? If you’re like most people, you...

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Bookmaker and More: Meet Olivia

by Ali McCart Shaw, Executive Editor Indigo is proud to announce that we've grown again, and we welcome the type-stylin' Olivia M. Croom to the team! When asked what she wanted to be when she grew up, Olivia replied, "Bookmaker." That journey has taken her from her...

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Editing: The Best Decision of My Writing Life

by Judy Mollen Walters, guest contributor One of the hardest things about being an author is the part where you have to get edited. None of us really likes it, even though it always makes our work better. Somehow, though, the idea of the (virtual) red pen going...

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Mystery or Thriller?

by Ali McCart Shaw, executive editor It's thrilling and there's no mystery about it—Indigo is growing! We welcome Jennifer Zaczek to the Indigo team. She hails from Florida but has come to call Portland home. After seven years in the traditional publishing world, she...

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The Number One Thing Your Novel Opening Must Do

by Susan DeFreitas, associate editor and writing coach The opening of your novel has a lot of heavy lifting to do. Generally, you’ll only have a few pages to convince a prospective reader—including agents or editors—that your book is worth their while. This year at...

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