A Leg Up: 4 Easy Ways to Support Authors

by Ali Shaw, Executive Editor “Books are the material evidence that remind us we know how to think and feel.” Lidia Yuknavitch, best-selling author and founder of Corporeal Writing, said that at last weekend’s PNBA trade show in Tacoma, Washington, and I couldn’t...

DON’T PANIC*

by Laura Garwood, Collaborative Editor Developmental editing is fun! I love reading and solving the complex problems presented by the manuscript. And often, especially once they’ve had time to process and start in, authors love receiving these edits. But at...

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...

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....

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...