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Book Editing

The Author and Editor Relationship: Professional Sparring Partners

Kristen Houghton | Posted 11.23.2015 | Books
Kristen Houghton

I have the utmost respect for editors. It is their job to see that your book is readable and flows from start to finish. There will always be times, however, when disagreements about characters, lines, and scenes are going to happen. And those disagreements are a good thing.

Editorial Services Explained: How the Industry Thinks About Editing, and How You Should Think About It Too

Brooke Warner | Posted 08.26.2015 | Books
Brooke Warner

This summer I listened in on an editorial panel at a writers' conference where I'd been invited to speak. The room was packed with aspiring authors who wanted answers to their editorial questions.

Friendship and Romance: A Conversation With Author Cathy Lamb

Brandi Megan Granett | Posted 07.27.2015 | Books
Brandi Megan Granett

I had the privilege of talking with her about what makes her tick as an author, how she keeps the ideas coming and the power of friendship, romance and love.

The Writing Process That Led to 'Close Your Eyes, Hold Hands'

Chris Bohjalian | Posted 06.01.2015 | Books
Chris Bohjalian

I rarely have the slightest idea where my books are going. That's not a confession, it's simply a reality. I don't work from an outline. I don't know the last sentence when I write the first sentence, a prerequisite for John Irving -- a novelist whose work I revere.

Bruce Holsinger on How to Write Historical Fiction, Plagues, Witches, Wars and Guns

David Henry Sterry | Posted 05.04.2015 | Books
David Henry Sterry

The Book Doctors met Jeff Holsinger at the Tucson Book Festival and when he told us about his book, The Invention of Fire, we just had to pick his brain about writing historical fiction, non-fiction, teaching fiction, plagues, witches, wars and guns.

Irvine Welsh Talks to The Book Doctors About Writing, America, Rejection and the 'Sex Lives of Siamese Twins'

David Henry Sterry | Posted 05.18.2015 | Books
David Henry Sterry

This book is very different. First of all, it's set in sun-splashed Miami, where Mr. Welsh currently has one of his residences. It's also written from the perspective of two women. And two women who couldn't be much different from each other. I must confess, I loved this book. I devoured it in a weekend

The Book Doctors Ask Pitchapalooza Winner Judith Fertig: How Did You Get a 2-Book Deal for Your Debut Novel?

David Henry Sterry | Posted 04.26.2015 | Books
David Henry Sterry

The Book Doctors first met Judith Fertig when she won our Kansas City Pitchapalooza (think American Idol for Books). She was commanding without being overbearing, powerful but warm, a total pro.

Writer Gets Readers to Pay Him to Edit his Manuscript

Keith Thomson | Posted 12.31.2014 | Books
Keith Thomson

One of the hardest parts of the writing process is getting honest feedback. Close friends and family think nothing of lying in order to spare your feelings about as little as a poem. So they'll sooner tell you that your baby is ugly than that they didn't like the manuscript you've agonized over for two years.

Lee Wilson on Memoir, Ballet, Broadway, Editors and Choreaographers

David Henry Sterry | Posted 12.08.2014 | Books
David Henry Sterry

The Book Doctors met Lee Wilson at a Pitchapalooza (think American Idol for books) at a fantastic bookstore called pages: a book store, in Manhattan Beach, California. She was so warm, funny, passionate and professional. And she had excellent posture! Turns out that was no accident.

Advice to the Self-Publisher

David Kudler | Posted 05.12.2014 | Books
David Kudler

Last week, I gave an interview to Inkspokes, a website dedicated to independent authors and their readers.  The interviewer, Nelson Suit, who is a wr...

Bad Math: Rationalization in Fiction

Harrison Demchick | Posted 02.08.2014 | Books
Harrison Demchick

I call this 2 + 2 = 5: a writer's tendency to insist upon something that isn't true. In reality, two plus two does not equal five. Two plus two will never equal five.

Spreadsheets to Galleys: How to Budget Your Self-published Book

David Kudler | Posted 07.20.2013 | Books
David Kudler

Making those decisions in a vacuum is never a good idea -- it's too easy to waste time when you should have spent money or throw away money when a little time and effort would have done far more good. Hopefully this has helped you to approach these decisions a bit better prepared.

Virginia Pye, First Time Novelist, on Writing, Writers Conferences, and How to Get Your Book Published

David Henry Sterry | Posted 07.07.2013 | Books
David Henry Sterry

When we first met Virginia Pye three years ago, she'd been writing and rewriting a novel for a very long time.

National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) Founder Chris Baty on Writing, Writers, Doing & Dreaming

David Henry Sterry | Posted 06.24.2013 | Books
David Henry Sterry

We watched as he built this strange, beautiful community of lunatics and dreamers who, every November, write a 50,000 word book in 30 days. NaNoWriMo, as it's called, now has hundreds of thousands of participants all over the world, writing writing writing.

Gayle Shanks of Changing Hands Bookstore on How Writers Can Work with Booksellers to Achieve Success

David Henry Sterry | Posted 06.09.2013 | Books
David Henry Sterry

"It's not necessary to write about the impact Amazon has had but more interesting I think is the innovative ways that indie stores have struggled and evolved and managed to stay around in spite of the stiff and often unfair practices from the chains."

7 Deadly Myths and 3 Inspired Truths About Book Editing

David Kudler | Posted 06.03.2013 | Books
David Kudler

There's a lot of misinformation and misunderstanding about editors and what they do. Here are seven of those myths that I'd like to clean up.

Why Editing Is the Single Best Marketing Tool

Penny C. Sansevieri | Posted 02.09.2013 | Books
Penny C. Sansevieri

With all of the options out there to publish, it's pretty tempting to just point and click your way to a completed book. It's hard enough to compete in publishing. Put in the effort and put forth your best book. Does your book deserve anything less?

Why Indie Authors Aren't Taken Seriously

| Posted 01.30.2012 | Books

by Melissa Foster and Amy Edelman for Several predictions have stated that 2012 will be “The Year of the Indie Author”. After ...

Why Book Publishing Is Dead (Part One)

Richard Laermer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Richard Laermer

It's starting to make little sense why I would write something that while widely read could be given out in a "cleverer" format.