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Wrapping Up Pub U 2015

My final summary of the Independent Book Publishing Association’s Publishing University 2015 has been posted in the May newsletter of the Small Publishers, Writers, Artists Network. SPAWN is an affiliate organization of IBPA, and I was fortunate this year to be offered a scholarship to attend Pub U 2015 through SPAWN. Both organizations provide the kind of […]

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Finding Your Niche

Who will read your book? Who will purchase your book? Who will refer your book? Writers who don’t know the answer to those questions may find themselves with a wonderfully written, carefully edited, beautifully designed book that never sells. But writers and publishers who can answer those questions are on their way to finding buyers […]

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Another Small Business Chat

For the past couple of years, I’ve been pleased to claim a spot on Liz Broomfield’s Small Business Chat on her LibroEditing website. My latest installment appeared Saturday on the site of Liz Dexter, who hasn’t let a spring wedding get in the way of her efforts to promote small business owners. It’s been very helpful […]

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Eat a Burger, Fight Alzheimer’s

Father’s Day hasn’t been an easy day for me since my father started slipping down the rabbit hole of Alzheimer’s disease. It’s not that I don’t want to celebrate my father and all the ways he worked for me and loved me; it’s just that it’s difficult to know how. I live 1,500 miles away, […]

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Sharing a Full House at ACES 2014

What a great few days at the 2014 convention of the American Copy Editors Society! I was lucky enough to present a session, “Learning to Speak Scholar,” where I got a chance to share some of the things I’ve learned while working with academic writers in the past 20 years. Even better, I got to learn […]

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Ojai Wordfest

I’m table sitting on Saturday, April 13, at the Ojai WordFest’s “A Celebration of Words” 
at Libbey Bowl Saturday. The event will feature stage readings and performances by authors, poets, playwrights, songwriters, improv players and other word-artists as well as a day-long Book Fair on the lawn. I will by laying down some brochures and some […]

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Following ACES

I learned a lot this past weekend at my first National Conference of the American Copy Editors Society (ACES). I learned that people look up the words affect and effect in the online Merriam Webster’s Dictionary more than any other words—although qi is often tops at 11 p.m. on a Friday (“Words with Friends” fans […]

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