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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.

The Courage to Become a Better Writer

Dorit Sasson | Posted 11.13.2015 | Books
Dorit Sasson

In the arena, we learn more about ourselves. If an editor wants us to research this idea or provide more solid evidence, then we're going to take his lead and trust that this can only help us as writers.

Virginia Pye On Books, Publishers & the Dreaded Sophomore Jinx

David Henry Sterry | Posted 10.28.2015 | Books
David Henry Sterry

We first met Virginia Pye at the James River Writers Conference (another reason to attend what is a great conference) and we were immediately struck by how curious she was.

Alana Atwood and the Awful, Very Bad, No Good Sentence

Roz Warren | Posted 09.25.2015 | Books
Roz Warren

My friend Alana Atwood, who edits a prestigious Seattle-based literary magazine, recently received a submission that was poorly written.

Write Now: Genus Editorus Rex

Paul Bishop | Posted 09.23.2015 | Books
Paul Bishop

Good E/Ms are the most common of the genus éditorus rex. These, generally kind examples of the species, understand what you are trying to accomplish with your novel/story, but only work with you if your manuscript is - short of a copy edit - publication ready.

How to Best Use Writing and Proofreading Tools

Ruth Starkman | Posted 09.21.2015 | College
Ruth Starkman

You've long known your word processor's spell and grammar checker offered only so much help. Likewise, the newer, heavily-hyped writing tools also remain inadequate to proofread your writing. No tool can completely "fix" your writing and none advertises perfection.

Video Marketing Is King: Oops, I Meant Content!

Diane Primo | Posted 09.09.2015 | Business
Diane Primo

With 85 percent of Americans online, content is king today for marketers -- to build brands, demonstrate expertise and sell product. And no strategy may be more effective -- or "kingly" -- than video content and video marketing

Are You Botching Hyphenation?

Rob Reinalda | Posted 08.26.2015 | Books
Rob Reinalda

Hyphenation can be tricky. There's widespread confusion, it seems, about when and how the tiny line segments should and shouldn't be used. With so many instances in which people guess wrong, covering all the misuses would take acres of the Internet.

How Do You Know If You're Good? 3 Ways to Get Validation for Your Writing

Brooke Warner | Posted 08.14.2015 | Books
Brooke Warner

Writers struggle with their inner critics more than most artists, I think. But they suffer from outside criticism more than most artists, too. I get asked nearly every week some variation of this question: How do I know if my writing is good?

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.

Jenny Milchman on How to Get a Book Deal After Only 11 Years of Bitter Rejection

David Henry Sterry | Posted 07.24.2015 | Books
David Henry Sterry

We first met Jenny Milchman when we heard about some crazy book tour she was doing that seemed almost as ridiculous as the book tour we were doing.

This Is What Editors Know About Publishing That Writers Don't

Quora | Posted 06.25.2015 | Books

First, editors are industry professionals who can educate often-naive authors about the facts of life in the real world of publishing.

Today's Newsrooms = Robo-Journalism, Games, Apps, Gender Equality

Magda Abu-Fadil | Posted 06.03.2015 | Media
Magda Abu-Fadil

The "see-Ma, no-hands" automated reporting movement has been used by AP, Bloomberg and Thomson-Reuters in crunching numbers -- business figures and sports scores -- as well as turning out formulaic stories.

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.

Proofreaders, Are You Missing These Easy Fixes?

Rob Reinalda | Posted 05.19.2015 | Books
Rob Reinalda

You're perusing it, admiring your handiwork. Then you see it. Ack! A rudimentary, easily fixed error is there in the text. It's standard-size type, but to your eyes it's in 54-point Bodoni Bold. And somehow, it's underlined. Blinking, too. Maybe even chuckling softly.

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.

Writing, Editing and What Success Really Looks Like

Wendi Nunnery | Posted 04.14.2015 | Books
Wendi Nunnery

Don't fear the edits; enjoy them. Not only are they crucial, they're an opportunity to take something good and transform it into something unforgettable.

Women in Business Q&A: Kate White

Laura Dunn | Posted 04.04.2015 | Business
Laura Dunn

Kate White is an internationally known expert on leadership and success and a New York Times bestselling author of several influential books on work a...

How To You Kill Your Darlings and Lose 100 Pages

Holly Robinson | Posted 03.23.2015 | Books
Holly Robinson

At any rate, I managed to whittle the book down to 480 pages in three days. In doing so, here's what I learned about the art of murder by red pen...

What NOT to Write on a College, Grad School or MBA Resumé

Sam Johnson | Posted 01.18.2015 | College
Sam Johnson

Colleges and grad schools ask a lot of their applicants these days, and one of the trickier requests is a compelling and typo-less resumé.

Word Mongering: How Not to Get Anything Written

Liz Wainger | Posted 01.13.2015 | Business
Liz Wainger

When people spend hours and hours playing with the red pen or the edit function in Word, it's often because they don't want to own a particular direction or point of view, one which may be posited by another person or group entirely.

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.

'Damage': A Talk with Felix Francis

Mark Rubinstein | Posted 12.08.2014 | Books
Mark Rubinstein

Felix Francis is the son of the late Dick Francis, who was the bestselling author of more than 40 mystery novels.

Reinventing the Fairy Tale

Alishia Osborn | Posted 11.19.2014 | Arts
Alishia Osborn

I have fond memories as a kid imagining myself within the confines of some of my favorite stories. Living amongst the old woman and all her children i...

Making the Transition From Corporate to Creative Writing

Donna Marie Williams | Posted 11.16.2014 | Books
Donna Marie Williams

I still fantasized about writing novels, but when I got home from work, I never seemed to have enough energy at the end of the day. Whenever I attempted to write creatively, the words never "sounded" right.