3 Tips for Book Publicity

by Susan DeFreitas, Collaborative Editor and Marketing Strategist The process of publishing independently is often the end of a long road for you as the author, one that may include years of writing, rewriting, revising, and polishing—not to mention the complex...

The Nitty-Gritty on Permissions

by Melissa Flamson, Owner of With Permission As a copyright permissions consultant, I am often asked what material requires permission. It is a complex issue, so I will share a few basic guidelines. The first step is to determine whether a work is currently protected...

A Productive New Year

By Laura Garwood, Collaborative Editor One of the hardest things about working on your own—whether you’re running a business or writing outside of your day job—is maintaining productivity. And with the new year upon us, many of us are making resolutions to increase...

Meditate First—Write Second

By Ali Shaw, Executive Editor As readers, we know that descriptions are the pulse of the writing, the lifeblood that lets us fully experience a character’s journey. But that doesn’t mean that writing powerful description is easy. Use this meditation to infuse...