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Learning the Worth of Editors at PubU 2015

PubU 2015 was jam-packed with information and interaction, giving me a chance to learn from publishing veterans with expertise in every facet of book publishing, including design, printing, distribution, copyright, and marketing. There will be more details about what I learned in later posts and articles, but today I’m focusing on what I learned that affects […]

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Looking forward to 2015 Publishing University

I’m super excited about attending the Independent Book Publishing Association’s Publishing University next month. And I’m even more excited about the trip because I’ve been granted an affiliate scholarship on behalf of the Small Publishers, Artists and Writers Network. The Independent Book Publishers Association (IBPA) is the largest professional publishing association in the country, and it […]

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Editing Harper Lee

By now, anyone who pays any attention to the world of words knows that Harper Lee, author of To Kill a Mockingbird, is releasing a new book. The stature of To Kill a Mockingbird, which was published in 1960, can surely be measured by the number of news outlets around the world that breathlessly announced […]

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Ode to the Squiggly Red Line

I’ve been proofreading on paper this week, and I’ve missed my squiggly red line. You know the one: the thin red line that pops up on the computer screen when Microsoft Word thinks it has detected a misspelling. I’m a good speller—and a good editor—so I can spot most misspelled words with or without Word’s assistance. But without […]

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The Words Behind Selma

I went to see the movie “Selma” tonight, and I loved it. The movie is a powerful portrayal of events so recent that they were never included in my history schoolbooks but so distant that I can scarcely believe they happened in my country in my lifetime. The movie, which was directed by Ava DuVernay, […]

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Voice of a Writer

As an editor, I pay a lot of attention to a writer’s voice. Any corrections I make or any revisions I suggest need to fit seamlessly into a piece so that they sound just like the author originally wrote it that way. I just finished reading a book that took the concept of voice to a […]

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Lowering the New Year’s Pressure

New Year’s Day has never been one of my favorite holidays. Too much pressure involved—beginning the night before, when I’m supposed to find a way to ring in the year in style. Then there’s the issue of making resolutions that are somehow going to help me create a healthier, happier, more productive life. And the […]

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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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Friends, Family, and Future

I just returned from a week-long Texas college exploration trip with my soon-to-be 17,  soon-to-be high-school-senior son. Covering more than 950 miles on the ground in six days, we toured three Christian universities; savored Tex-Mex, Texas-sized burgers, Texas barbecue, and Texas-style chicken fried steak; delighted in an early-morning, window-rattling thunderstorm; and enjoyed the gracious hospitality […]

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Blessings from Burgers

I had two goals in mind when I set up Burgers for Bill as a part of the Alzheimer’s Association’s The Longest Day Campaign: (1) to raise some money to battle this brutal disease; and (2) to give friends and family a chance to remember and honor my father. And I’m happy to say that I […]

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