Writing & Business

So You Want to Be an Editor: Now What?

So You Want to Be an Editor: Now What?

Becoming a professional editor is a little different from becoming a professional writer. For one thing, if you have a natural talent for writing, you can become a professional writer with little formal training. Editing isn’t the same. Aspiring editors commonly say things like, “I’m good at catching typos” or…
So You Want to Be a Writer: Now What?

So You Want to Be a Writer: Now What?

This is one of the most common questions I receive: I love to write, and I think I'm pretty good at it. How did you start? How can I quit my day job and write full-time too? This is a great question---and there are so many potential answers to it…
Two Steps to Starting a Conversation at an Event

Two Steps to Starting a Conversation at an Event

I go to events fairly regularly---not necessarily networking events, but receptions and other events where there are opportunities for mingling. And small talk is so not my thing. Moreover, I’m not the kind of person who can just walk up to someone and say, “hi, my name is ___ and…
Top 3 Tips for Talking on the Radio

Top 3 Tips for Talking on the Radio

I spent three years volunteering as the weekly co-host of an hour-long talk radio show. It was a huge amount of fun, and while I don’t do it anymore (I just had too many other things going on, and something’s gotta give!), I certainly learned a lot from it---in particular,…
A Simple Trick to Get More Work Done

A Simple Trick to Get More Work Done

Last week I wrote a guest post for Freelancers Union: My Client Didn't Give Me a Deadline. Now What? I encourage you all to check it out! We all have those times when you just feel like you're plodding along. You have work to do, but it's tough to just…
What To Do BEFORE Submitting Your Manuscript to an Editor

What To Do BEFORE Submitting Your Manuscript to an Editor

As a freelance editor, I’ve had the great pleasure of working with several indie (and established!) authors on editing their manuscripts. I’ve done everything from proofreading to developmental editing for authors, in genres from children’s books to crime mysteries, so the types of manuscripts (and the amount that they are…