Editing and More

Finding Help in a Festival of Choices

In 1996, my husband and I took our four-year-old son to the first-ever Los Angeles Times Festival of Books. The main draw for us was a chance for our son to get to meet some of the characters from his favorite PBS shows—none of us remember now which ones. The event, which the Times says […]

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Can Editors Find Love?

A few months ago, I wrote the Top 10 ways to Make Your Editor Love You. It only seemed fair to write the flip side, giving editors some tips for How to Make Your Author Love You. The tips for editors were published in the September/October issue of The Freelancer, the bimonthly newsletter of the Editorial […]

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A Working, Learning Writers Weekend

I came to the Central Coast Writers Conference to serve on a panel of editors to help teach would-be authors a few things about writing and publishing. I hope that I did that in some small ways. But as usually happens to me in these situations, I feel like I’m the one walking away with […]

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Top 10 Ways to Make Your Editor Love You

Writers are often told that they need editors to help make their work the best it can be, but the idea of working with an editor can be a bit intimidating, particularly for first-time writers. So, after getting input from a number of colleagues I recently compiled a list of 10 ways writers can make […]

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Yarn Spinning of Adequate Stupidity

Adequate stupidity? Yes, I think that about sums up “spinning,” a process that uses software to generate what Spinrobot.com claims is “legible, grammatically correct … syntax” with a single click. Spinning software is designed to allow you to revise written material in seconds by generating synonyms to replace at least 20% of the words in […]

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Staying Power

Last summer I proofread a book that taught me a lot about aging and how small adaptations can make regular houses safer and more comfortable as we get older. Staying Power: Age-Proof Your Home for Comfort, Safety and Style by Rachel Adelson has now hit the shelves; you can find out more about the book […]

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Heavy Lifting

Yesterday, got a notice that I had received a package, which I assumed was the herbal products I had recently ordered. I was so convinced that I was retrieving my herbs that I didn’t even look at the return address on the box as I signed for it. But on my way to the car, […]

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So, You Want to Be an Editor, Part 2

When I decided to take my editing skills and go home, I thought I was headed out into uncharted territory. Thankfully, it didn’t take too long to discover that I didn’t need to hack a path all on my own; I could simply tap a few keys and tap into the wisdom and experience of […]

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Ojai Writers Conference and Workshops

Living on the far reaches of Los Angeles, I often feel that all culturally or professionally worthwhile events require me to navigate the maze of traffic-clogged freeways of the nation’s second-largest metropolis. So it’s always delightful to find events like this month’s Ojai Writers Conference and Workshops that allow me to head away from the big […]

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More Troubling Amazon News

While still grappling with questions about Amazon’s pricing practices, today I came across even more troubling information about how the massive bookseller and epublisher is enabling publishing “knockoffs.” It’s a fascinating and troubling story about “authors” who use Amazon’s CreateSpace, which is the equivalent of an e-book publishing house, to create “books” with titles that […]

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