Education These Days

It’s been a week, friends. A week and then some. And none of the things that have made it “a week” are bad or big or obnoxious, in and of themselves. But all put together? Those little things—computer not working properly (touchpad, touchscreen, keyboard, you know, all the things I use on a daily basis),…

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From a Little Spark . . .

I usually don’t go this long without posting, but lately, life has been a bit full, shall we say. Full of parental concerns, full of pet concerns, full of writing and editing projects not directly associated with this blog. With minimal hair and teeth pulling, I finished my synopsis and query letter and sent the…

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You Get What You Pay For

loaves of bread

Every so often, potential individual clients reach out to me for a cost estimate, usually regarding a manuscript. (I say “every so often” because much of the editing work I do is for established clients like consulting companies and hybrid publishers, whereby the rate of service is already set.) “How much would you charge for…

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#ThrowbackThursdayBookstagram: Anna and the French Kiss

Some of the #ThrowbackThursdayBookstagram books make me nostalgic for so many things. Today’s book, ANNA AND THE FRENCH KISS by Stephanie Perkins, is one of those. The story features Anna Oliphant, who must live in Paris for her senior year of high school. Of course, Anna isn’t looking forward to being away from her home…

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How to Handle Self-Doubt

Disclaimer: Profanity ahead. All four of my children are good writers, but only the youngest enjoys it. Which is great for me, as she and I swap plot lines and brainstorm ideas and figure out how to up the stakes. She’s an excellent writing partner, though she can’t read all my work (she is only…

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#ThrowbackThursdayBookstagram: The Help

Our second #ThrowbackThursdayBookstagram for the month is THE HELP by Kathryn Stockett. First published in 2009, the book has 2,493,705 ratings on Goodreads, which is a heck of a number.  The tagline for the book reads: “Three ordinary women are about to take one extraordinary step.” Those three woman are Skeeter, who has returned home…

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#ThrowbackThursdayBookstagram: Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption

The title for the #ThrowbackThursdayBookstagram feature is UNBROKEN: A WORLD WAR II STORY OF SURVIVAL, RESILIENCE, AND REDEMPTION by Laura Hillenbrand. Eighty-five percent of the Amazon reviews for this book are five-star, and it stands as an Editor’s Pick. Nonfiction isn’t something I gravitate toward, though I enjoy it, but this book was hard to…

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