Making Nonfiction Pay

Author Archives: Tammy Ditmore

Making Nonfiction Pay

I work with many authors who are new to publishing, and they frequently ask my advice about self-publishing or book distribution or marketing. So I am excited to have a new resource to recommend: The Nonfiction Book Publishing Plan: The Professional Guide to Profitable Self-Publishing  by Stephanie Chandler and Karl W. Palachuk. Although a lot of […]

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How Do You Know Whether You Need an Editor or a Ghostwriter?

I don’t often use this space just to plug another person’s blog, but I read a post today that struck me as too perfect to pass up. It appeared on the Gotham Ghostwriters blog, written by Josh Bernoff, a veteran writer and business consultant. The title alone is worth your time: “About Your Book Idea: […]

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How Do You Write an Editor?

You’ve finished your book / article / story, and you’re ready to hire an editor. You search the internet, find the names and email addresses of some promising-looking editors, and pick out a few to contact. Now what? What should you say? How do you write a message that will get a response from an […]

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Celebrating Those Who Go Forth

The Fourth of July looks a little different to me this year. That’s because it’s only been a few days since my husband and I returned from eight weeks in Florence, Italy, and I’m still keenly sensitive to the differences of life in the suburbs of Southern California versus life in the birthplace of the […]

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A Personal History of Persistence

I don’t write book reviews often for this space, but this one is 20 years in the making, so it seems worthwhile. Katharine Graham’s Personal History has been sitting on my shelf for a long time. A former newspaper journalist, I’ve long been interested in Graham, longtime leader of The Washington Post and one of […]

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Can I Trust Word’s Grammar Checker?

Although I use Word’s spelling checker regularly (see my 2015 post about my affinity for the squiggly red line), I have never found much use for Word’s grammar checker. It’s wrong so often that I generally just turn it off. But Word 2016 has added a little feature called “frequently confused words” to its spellchecker. […]

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How Do I Remove My Name from Word 2016 Documents?

My recent update to from Microsoft Word 2011 to to 2016 (for Mac) continues to offer many chances to learn something new. So What I Learned This Week in Editing again is about a changed feature in Word 2016. How Do I Remove Personal Information from a File? When a number of people are working […]

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Add Track Changes Toggle to Bottom of Page in Word 2016

A friend moved his family to Germany a few years ago, and he started posting regular updates on Facebook called “What I Learned This Week in Germany.” The posts are filled with witty observations about the differences of life in Germany and the U.S. or very practical tips about how to accomplish some task in […]

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Looking Forward to 2018–and Year Eight!

Seven years ago this week, I officially unveiled this website, complete with my first Editing and More blog post. A few days later I walked out of my office job for the last time and officially started my life as a small business owner. In the past seven years, I have worked with about 90 different […]

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Love It or Leave It?

When I was a kid, the nightly news was filled with images of the Vietnam War and the ugly protests against the war that were raging around our country. Although the pictures were disturbing, I would sit and watch the evening news with my dad any chance I got because I enjoyed the way my […]

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