A little of this, a little of CreateSpace

Getting a manuscript ready for publishing is hard work. Don't let anyone tell you it's not (unless, of course, you pay someone else to do it for you - not a bad idea now that I think about it). But what it really takes is patience (a lot), a large bottle of Advil, and the …

Editing Honesty

My niece and her book club recently read a self-published novel written by a member of their church. The group was excited to read the book and show their support for their friend. My niece said the writer described the book as "gentle fiction" (I don't really know what that is but will assume it's Christian fiction?) …

Add Father of Self-Publishing to the List

I recently read a great article titled "14 Lessons From Benjamin Franklin About Getting What You Want In Life" on Business Insider. It was written by freelance writer, Thea Easterly, for a BI blog called DumbLittleMan.com. Most know that Benjamin Franklin was not only an inventor but also an avid reader and writer. Certainly he …

Writer’s Block and the Lucky 7

I recently published a post about some poor writing (my own - ugh!) and whether or not those badly written words amounted to some form of writer’s block. A fellow writer pointed out that since there were words on the page, it wasn’t really traditional writer’s block. She’s probably right but it was definitely some …

A Good Editor is Hard to Find

Writing is great fun. Editing is not. While I don't mind re-writing some pages, the multiple revisions often necessary to get it right can sometimes take longer than the process of writing the original draft. As I mentioned in an earlier post (Your Manuscript and the Home Edit), those long and slow revisions are necessary. …

Publishing Outside the Box

Although I haven't posted recently (a freelance deadline I just hit today!), I have been thinking long and hard about my decision to self-publish. About a month ago, I mentioned to a friend I was frustrated by the query process. She murmured her sympathy and in an effort to test the waters, I confessed I …