December 2, 2015
Words of Thanksgiving for Wordsmiths
Click the edit button to add your testimonial. Oh, Ralphie, you always were an old sap. Just like Emerson, this time of year always makes…Read More
October 24, 2015
So That One Time I Got a Literary Agent . . .
Okay, so I haven’t blogged for a while, as my four loyal readers know, so I hope you haven’t been staying up nights weeping about…Read More
September 30, 2015
What’s My Genre Anyway?
This is me, contemplating genre. One of the main questions I am often asked by first time authors is, “How do I define my genre?” I always think it’s incredibly obvious until I realize that perhaps I take genre definitions for granted because I spent so long in the publishing…Read More
August 19, 2015
I Wrote a Book! Who Cares?
I can’t tell you how many times I’ve come across a wonderfully written novel or work of non-fiction that I know for a fact that no one, and I mean no one, will ever want to read. It’s very disheartening to see such good writing go nowhere. So I…Read More
July 30, 2015
What Does an Editor At a Publishing House Really Do Anyway?
When I tell someone I’m an editor, the first thing that person usually asks is, “Oh, so you work with commas and spelling and all…Read More
July 27, 2015
Please (Please) Avoid These Common Writing Mistakes
After almost a decade in New York publishing houses, and now as a freelance editor, I keep seeing the same writing, ahem, “issues” cropping up…Read More
July 19, 2015
Top Ten Ways to Increase Your Chances of Getting Published
1. Be a Good Writer and a Good Storyteller “Well, duh, stupid,” you might be thinking. Everyone has to be a good writer! (And don’t…Read More
July 16, 2015
“I Don’t Care What You Think Anyway!” (Handling Rejection Well)
First off, this is me, looking editorial. No, I didn't write my novel on this contraption, but I do love me some vintage typewriters. This morning, I'm actually blogging from my Montana mini van. Cause I'm cool like that. Don't worry, my other car is a rockin' Toyota. Anyway, I'm…Read More
July 13, 2015
To My Fellow Writers:
What's another damn blogger doing around here anyway? Well, I'll tell you. I'm a former New York City book editor and I have a lot of tips of the trade, including juicy, behind-the-scenes glimpses into the industry and plain old writing suggestions. But wait, there's more! I'm also a struggling writer, just…Read More