Provide copyediting and content editing services to book publishers and individual authors. Edit copy for grammar, spelling, mechanics, voice, and consistency according to publisher's style and Chicago Manual of Style. Apply knowledge of story structure and character arc. Provide suggestions for rewrites. Query editor and author for clarification. Clients include Better Homes and Gardens Books, Ten Speed Press, F+W Publications (Writer's Digest Books, North Light Books, and Krause Publications), Lark Books, and writers seeking agent representation as well as those who plan to self-publish.
Teach three online courses on the topic of copyediting for Writer's Digest University. Two of the courses I wrote in full.
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"I am no bird; and no net ensnares me; I am a free human being with an independent will..."One of the most sweeping and enduring novels in English literature, Charlotte Bronte's Jane Eyre has become a beloved classic and a must-read for fans of period romance. Filled with memorable characters, witty dialogue, emotional scenes, social commentary, and intriguing twists, Bronte's novel, written i... read more
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Engage Your Readers with Emotion While writers might disagree over showing versus telling or plotting versus pantsing, none would argue this: If you want to write strong fiction, you must make your readers feel. The reader's experience must be an emotional journey of its own, one as involving as your characters' struggles, discoveries, and triumphs are for you. That's where The Emotional Craft... read more
Infuse Your Fiction with the Powerful Tug of Tension! Tension is the heart of conflict, the backbone of uncertainty, the hallmark of danger. It keeps readers guessing and characters on their toes. When you've got tension in place, stories leave readers breathless and wanting more. When it's missing, scenes feel inconsequential, plots drag, and characters meander. Learning the craft of writing ... read more
A Mystery Writers of America Edgar Award Finalist for Best Critical/Biographical Work Discover the secrets to crafting an unforgettable mystery! To piece together the puzzle of your mystery novel, you need patience, resilience, a solid understanding of the craft, and a clear blueprint for combining the plot, characters, setting, and more. And while patience and resilience must come from you, t... read more
HOOK YOUR AUDIENCE WITH UNFORGETTABLE STORYTELLINGWhat do Luke Skywalker, John McClane, and a lonely dog on Ho‘okipa Beach have in common?Simply put, we care about them.Great storytelling is making readers care about your characters, the choices they make, and what happens to them. It’s making your audience feel the tension and emotion of a situation right alongside your protagonist. And to te... read more
"...A unique and absolutely invaluable toolbox for any author..." ~Kate White, New York Times best-selling author and former editor-in-chief of CosmopolitanUnlock the secrets to superior plot twists! The key to keeping people on the edge of their seat--from memoirs to thrillers and stage plays to screenplays--is filling your stories with unexpected twists and turns. By integrating Plot Twists,... read more
Winner of the 2018 Storytelling World Award.Take your story to the next level of excellence! You've completed the first draft of your novel--now what? Chances are, it's not perfect...at least not yet. In order to increase your chances of getting a literary agent, selling your manuscript to a publisher, or garnering an audience for your self-published work, you need targeted, practical instruct... read more
”A clever retelling of Carroll’s classic story with all the imagery of the original.” —The Wishing ShelfWhen Alice holds the naughty kitten up to the Looking-Glass, she sees the Looking-Glass House reflected there. Being Alice, a naturally curious child, she enters and finds herself in the midst of another adventure: a live game of chess with real Kings, Queens, and Knights, a game in which sh... read more
"Nourishment for the writer's soul and motivation for the writer's heart." --James Scott Bell, best-selling author and writing instructor Writing can be a lonely profession plagued by blind stumbles, writer's block, and despair--but it doesn't have to be. Written by members of the popular Writer Unboxed website, Author in Progress is filled with practical, candid essays to help you reach the n... read more
The Ultimate Guide to Getting a Literary Agent!If you dream of scoring the best possible deal with a traditional publisher and seeing your book in print, you need literary representation. Filled with practical, straightforward advice and insider tips, Get a Literary Agent is a one-stop resource for writers of both fiction and nonfiction. You'll learn how to:Research agents and target the best ... read more
Produce your best work. Live your best life. Make your greatest impact. You have everything you need--and you are everything you need--to do the writing you are meant to do. And yet the path to success can be difficult to find and follow. Veteran author and writing guide Sage Cohen believes that ferocity is your best compass for finding your true way forward. She shows you how to transform you... read more
The material is right there in front of you. You’ve known yourself for, well, a lifetime—and you finally feel ready to share your story with the world. Yet when it actually comes time to put pen to paper, you find that you’re stumped. Enter Adair Lara: award-winning author, seasoned columnist, beloved writing coach, and the answer to all of your autobiographical quandaries. Naked, Drunk, and W... read more
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Build an Exceptional Plot, One Scene at a Time!Think of your favorite story--the one that kept you turning pages late into the night, the one with a plot so compelling, so multilayered, so perfect that you couldn't put it down. How can you make your own plots--in your novels, short stories, memoirs, or screenplays--just as irresistible?Plot Perfect provides the answer. This one-of-a-kind plott... read more
THE BEST RESOURCE FOR GETTING YOUR FICTION PUBLISHEDNovel & Short Story Writer's Market 2019 is the only resource you need to get your short stories, novellas, and novels published. The 38th edition of NSSWM features hundreds of updated listings for book publishers, literary agents, fiction publications, contests, and more. Each listing includes contact information, submission guidelines, and ... read more
Writers are given a wealth of opportunities to cultivate a successful writing life, break out, and find an audience for their work. Yet so many writers, from beginners to veterans, find their careers stuck in neutral.The solution is simple: Just write. Write yourself past fears, doubts, and setbacks, and use your desire for writing excellence to deeply immerse yourself in the craft.In Just Wri... read more
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Through inspired quotations from a diverse group of women including leading authors and naturalists paired with breathtaking landscape photography, this pocket-sized volume captures the extraordinary beauty and spirit of Yosemite. It’s the perfect companion to take on a journey of discovery, and will surely revive one's connection with the natural world.Contributors include:Diane Ackerman,... read more
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