That Is Not the Editor You Are Looking For

by Laura Garwood Do you know that words starting with a prefix, like mini-, over-, non-, or –, are generally closed compounds? Well, neither does your computer. Thus, if you write superpowerful, precourse, noninfrastructure, or preincident in a book manuscript,...

The Steps to Book Publishing

by Ali Shaw “I have a completed manuscript. Now what?” It’s a common occurrence for authors to come to us knowing they want help to publish well—whether independently or traditionally—but they feel unsure of the steps that go into publishing at a professional level....

Dear Editor: What if You Hate It?

by Laura Garwood Meehan, collaborative editor Dear Editor, I am nervous about you working on my book. I have worked very hard on it, and my mom loves it but my writing group has mixed opinions about it. I am new to writing, and I have poured my heart into this...

5 Traits of Perfect Clients

by Laura Garwood Meehan Recently somebody shared an article listing ten ways to be a “bad” freelancing client. I’ve seen a lot of these at this point, everything from comics about customers making it hard to design websites to articles providing tips on dealing with...

Tracked: When Track Changes Drives You Bonkers

by Ali McCart When I first discovered Microsoft Word’s Track Changes feature, I was in my first week of grad school. The professor of my book editing class had handed out directions on how to turn on Track Changes, and I was eager to get home to my desktop computer to...

Watch Your Language—Even if It’s Blue

by Kristen Hall-Geisler Last year I wrote and independently published a book, my first to see the light of day and sit on bookshelves real and virtual. It is called Take the Wheel: A Woman’s Guide to Buying a Car Her Own Damn Self, a title I workshopped. My marketing...