Writer, Editor, Helper
Writers can’t control the needs, mood, or preferences of agents or editors. But we can control our expectations and knowledge of the publishing process. We can control how we work with an agent or editor. And we can control the style, grammar, and formatting of our submitted manuscripts.
Let me help with that!
My free Writer, Editor, Helper email newsletter is aimed at aspiring and experienced writers who crave support through the writing and publishing process, whether traditional or indie, from preparing work for submission to checking a proofreader’s scratches. As always, I’m ready to break the rules and throw away the stylebook when it serves the reader.
I’ll share epiphanies and pain as I begin moving through the steps of self-publishing children’s books. I make mistakes so you don’t have to! I’m already learning a lot.
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My newsletters include
- Helpful, hopeful news
- Self-editing tips from a pro copyeditor
- Opportunities to announce your new books
- Answers to your questions about writing and publishing
- Fun, random stuff
- Things I learn as I begin self-publishing
- Tips for writers
- Maybe we can even do some YouTube or Facebook Q&As
How I know stuff
I’m a published writer of books for every age, fiction and nonfiction. Most of my books have been traditionally published, but I self-published my newest, Maddie’s Ghost, and now I think I’m switching to indie! In any case, I have hybrid experience in all formats (hardcover, paperback, ebook, and audiobook).
As a one-time children’s book editor and a long-time adult manuscript editor, I also have an insider’s knowledge of book publishing from both the writer’s and the editor’s side of the desk. I’ve made plenty of mistakes, but I’ve had successes too.
Over the course of my editing and writing career, I’ve read thousands (yep!) of queries and drafts by writers of everything from picture books to scholarly monographs. I am intimately aware of the ways they go wrong.
Since 2010 I’ve been researching and blogging advice for writers and copyeditors nonstop. As a contributing editor and blogger for The Chicago Manual of Style, I understand how fiction writers can make the best use of this authoritative reference book to negotiate effectively with the agents, editors, and copyeditors who handle their work.
Tell me what you need!
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