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Two Opportunities for Ventura County Writers

Two opportunities for Ventura County writers to learn more about the craft and the world of publishing are coming up in the next couple of weeks. In the first, editor Dennis Mathis will discuss his working relationship with author Sandra Cisneros. Mathis will speak at an October 27 dinner/lecture co-hosted by the Small Publishers, Artists, and Writers Network […]

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Want To Be an Academic Editor?

Freelance editors can find many opportunities to work with academic writers and publications. But if you don’t have multiple advanced degrees, you may wonder if you have anything to offer a scholarly writer. Or you may be reluctant to tackle academic projects because you find the writing exasperating and mystifying. If you’ve been passing up academic job listings for those reasons, I […]

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Talking Shop with Write Now Editing

I admire writers and editors who diligently update their blogs and keep adding fresh material. I know how hard regular posts can be, which is why I’ve not been nearly as active on this site as I planned to be when I launched it a few years back. Karin Beery at Write Now Editing maintains the […]

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An Editor at a Writers Conference

I was fortunate to get a chance to hang out for a few hours on Saturday at the 2016 AWP (Association of Writers and Writing Programs) Conference and Bookfair at the Los Angeles Convention Center. AWP is like Disneyland for writers and writing professors and writing students. I spent most of my time there extolling the […]

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My Annual Review Chat

Business owners are commonly told that they should set aside time at least once a year to review their business, to take a look at where they have been and set a course for where they want to go. Following this good advice, however, is often harder than it should be. Who has time to […]

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Looking for a Perfect Match

  Wherever two or more writers are gathered—from local critique groups to large national conferences to digital group hangouts—the topic of editors is bound to come up eventually. Almost all writers and publishing professionals say a good editor can make or break a book (see my post about Harper Lee’s Watchman vs. Mockingbird). But where […]

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Watchman vs. Mockingbird: An Editor’s View

Last week, like book-lovers around the world, I read Go Set a Watchman, the newly released manuscript by Harper Lee. Then I re-read To Kill a Mockingbird, Lee’s beloved novel released in 1960. Because I had already seen some reviews and articles about the two books, I wasn’t surprised to find that Watchman was a […]

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Go Set an Editor

In February, I noted how announcements regarding Harper Lee’s novel Go Set a Watchman provided a glimpse of an editor’s role in creating To Kill a Mockingbird. Now that Watchman has been released, Lee’s editor is getting even more attention. I have not read Watchman yet, but multiple reviewers have noted that it is nowhere […]

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Holding My Work in Hand

It’s always great when I get a chance to hold my work in my hand–literally. Helping an author take words and ideas and shape them into a book is the most rewarding part of my job. So it’s been fun in the past few weeks to receive copies of the final products from some of my authors and […]

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The Ultimate Niche Product

Books are the ultimate niche product. And they’re getting “nichier” every year, according to a number of people I heard and talked to at the Independent Book Publishing Association’s Publishing University 2015. Peter Hildick-Smith of Codex-Group opened Pub U 2015 with a session examining “How Books Sell.” Breaking out brightly colored bar charts and graphs, […]

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