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How Do I Start Writing a Book?

Getting started is often the hardest part of anything, whether you are looking to run a marathon or write a book. Writing a book doesn’t need to be hard, but you do need a commitment, some consistency, and a determination to reach the finish line. If you’ve been contemplating writing a book for some time […]

Your Options in Self-Publishing

There are three main ways to self-publish a book. But how to decide which way to go? What’s the difference between a small independent publisher and those online publishing companies? What is true independent publishing? What are the pros and cons of each? It’s a big hot mess out there, and one wrong move could […]

So You Want To Write a Memoir

Maybe the urging started recently. Maybe it’s been there for years. Whenever it began, this is an amazing opportunity to explore. Your life. Your family history. Your growth. Your life lessons. Your challenges. Your setbacks. Your past. Your present. Your future. People Want to Read What You Want to Write A memoir may seem to […]

How to Self-Publish a Book

The Steps and Costs to Expect When You Self-publish a Book If you were to Google “How to self-publish a book”, over 9-million responses pop up. So how do you know what’s the right option for you? With the advent of print-on-demand intersecting with the hi-tech world of the day, the beauty is that there […]

Factors to Consider When Debating a Pen Name

If you are thinking about a pen name, tread carefully. A pen name brings major marketing challenges and actually adds more work to an author’s plate. When I get asked if it’s worth it, I often make a face. I can’t help it. I love my pen name, but not always. For a fiction writer, […]

Everyday Heroes

As an editor, I tell my authors, don’t use trite phrases. Find new ways to say something. Be original. Recently, I’ve realized, that a trite phrase is trite and overused because it says exactly the right thing. This time it describes exactly what I am feeling. I’ve been thinking about one of the authors I’ve […]

Pretty in Print: Is it Ever Okay to Compromise on Quality?

Should you settle for my motto of “good is good enough” or is dotting your I’s and crossing your T’s the better long-term solution to see your book in print? Looming Deadlines and Timelines Lately, I’ve been working with a handful of authors who are in the very final stages of their book. They are […]