The Steps to Indie 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 to publish themselves and knowing they want help to do it well, but they feel unsure of the steps that go into self-publishing at a professional...

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...