What’s In a Word Count?

word count

A couple years back, I started writing a novel. (It’s still…in progress. Ahem.) I remember assigning myself a daily word count—I wanted to write 1000 words a day minimum. That’s one of the “do’s” I recommend to our clients: When you’re writing a book, it can be a great help to assign yourself a daily … Read more

Do You Need to Write a Book Proposal?

write a book proposal

Back when I was an editor in NYC, I read a lot of book proposals. Good ones, bad ones. Boring ones. Exciting ones. Proposals for memoirs, self-help books, how-to guides, business advice, diet manuals…you name it, it came across my desk. In my dozen-or-so years as an acquiring editor, I probably read over a thousand … Read more

Is It Good Enough?

Is it Good Enough

This past weekend I had the privilege of attending the Hay House Writing from Your Soul workshop with Dr. Wayne Dyer. It was a high-energy, dream-big-like-you-mean-it event with over 500 eager participants ready to live their vision of having a copy of their very own book in their hands. I gave a little talk about … Read more

Putting It In the River — Tama Kieves’s Inspirational Publishing Story

Tama Kieves

We recently attended an Emerging Women Power Party (highly recommended!) and heard author Tama Kieves give a talk about how her first book got published. It’s a brilliant story, brilliantly told, and it affirms that sometimes self-publishing is exactly the right thing to do. Here’s a very similar talk she gave at a TEDx event. Enjoy!

What the Heck Is Developmental Editing?

developmental editing

When we take on a book project, we most often take it on for a developmental edit in addition to a line-edit. A line-edit is an every-word, every-sentence kind of edit. We’ll be looking for clarity, flow and grammar. You might think of it as painting a house. A developmental edit, in that same metaphor, … Read more

Ghostwriters, Co-writers and Collaborators, Oh My!

co-writer

One of the questions we get a lot has to do with the difference between “ghostwriting,” “co-writing,” and “collaborating.” This post is meant to help differentiate. But first, the similarities. All three titles refer to getting writing help. The difference is what type of help you’re getting, and how that help is credited (or not). … Read more

Why Do You Need an Editor?

Need an Editor

The work of an editor goes way beyond looking for grammatical mistakes. (Though we do that, too.) A great editor will be your book’s best friend. We will help you develop your ideas so your story or message hangs together perfectly, from intro to conclusion. We’ll keep you accountable to your goals, so you don’t … Read more