Hi, friends. It feels like it’s been ages since I last wrote a blog post! I finally shared the news on Instagram, but my husband and I are expecting! I’m due in early November, and we’re over-the-moon excited. I’m fourteen weeks, and this season of my life has felt overwhelming in the best way.Read More
People sometimes ask me how I became an editor, and the first thing I usually say is by getting involved in an editing community.
You can form an editing group in any way you’d like, and sometimes smaller is better. You can create a more organic group or you can join a professional association. Put yourself out there and see what’s right for you!Read More
Every January, I have this fantasy that I’m going to ease into the new year with grace, poise, and plenty of time to hang around and read with a cup of coffee in hand. And every January, I’m wrong. What is it about starting a new year that makes our schedules full?
Between my part-time job, freelance work, reading life, family life, and social commitments, I’m overwhelmed.Read More
It’s a new year, and if you’re a freelancer or self-employed (or you plan to launch your business this year!), it’s time to start planning now. Entrepreneurs have to make sure they’re regularly casting a vision—one, three, or five years down the road.
Last January was the first time I had an official “solo business retreat,” and even though many things changed. . .Read More
People often ask me how I stay focused or productive when I work from home, and the truth is, I've worked remotely way longer than I’ve ever worked in a physical office.
Outside of college, I got an eight-to-five copywriter and editor job at a literary consultancy that forced me to learn how to manage my time well.Read More
It seems this "blog" exists only as a way to display announcements, but one of these days I'm convinced I will return with full force! Life is just too busy these days.
But, in the meantime, I will share some of life's bigger, exciting twists and turns here. My friend Katie and I started a bookish podcast called No Thanks We're Booked, and boy, are we loving it so far. Check out the website for details on what it's all about, how we met, episodes, and all of the social media links.Read More
I realized people stumbling upon my editing blog posts may not realize I’ve been talking about my life as an editor over on my YouTube channel. I’m overdue for another relevant video, but go ahead and hop over if you’re looking for more info on the best editing books, how I became an editor, and more!Read More
Oh hi, hello! I forgot to mention in this space that the team at BetaBooks interviewed me for their podcast, How Authors Work. BetaBooks makes it easy to share your book with beta readers and collect, search, and act on their feedback. The podcast has more to do with the process behind writing and the different ways authors make their work come to life.Read More
I wanted to share some exciting news. I'm joining the team* at The Reading List, an editorial agency created by Lindsey Alexander and her partner, Salvatore Borriello. I met Lindsey through the Editorial Freelancers Association a while back and was delighted to meet her when I moved back to Raleigh, NC. I'm honored to work alongside all of these incredible editors; I know I will learn so much from their work experience and skills.Read More
I said on my BookTube channel that I didn't have any resolutions or goals for 2017, but I've changed my mind in, oh, a day? I'm just a sucker for resolutions, you guys.
I wasn't always this way, but I'm finally coming around to the truth that I am a goal-oriented person. My downfall, however, is always my all-or-nothing goals. I tell myself I'm going all in or there's no point to it all, which is just silly. Thankfully, I don't feel that way about readathons or monthly TBRs, and reading in general.Read More
I’ve been thinking a lot about how the ebb and flow of scarcity versus abundance affects my entire life. This is a mind-set we’re taught to put on from an early age—one of those subtle rules we assign meaning to in some way or another, whether it’s scarcity-thinking of finances, possessions, time, friendships . . . it truly devours and gnaws away at us, to the point where abundance is always an arm’s length away.Read More
My coworkers made this amazing cake for me on my last day (all my favorite things).
I quit my job. This is a terrifying sentence to write, but I also feel electric. A year and a half ago, I devoted 100 percent of my time to freelance work, and I loved it. I had the dizzy, hopeful feeling that exciting new projects and experiences were waiting just around the corner.Read More
This past week, something unsettling happened. Well, to be real with you, a lot of unsettling things have happened recently: We uprooted and moved (back) to a hustling city we love, for starters. This place was our home, and we left it for a short time and have happily returned after three years.
This move left me a little shell-shocked (excuse the drama), stressed, and sick. I wasn’t prepared to dive into our “new” life, which happened to run head-first into our “old” life. Ah, but that’s another story for another time. . . .Read More
I can’t believe how much this little brain-child business of mine has grown in the past year. I’m humbled and honored to walk alongside authors, publishers, and business professionals on their publishing journeys and creative project goals! I’ve learned a lot over the past year about what it means to be a freelance editor and writer—and a lot of what I’ve learned has nothing to do with editing or publishing. It’s amazing how our professional lives can spill out into our personal lives!Read More
Perhaps the greatest thing I ever learned about writing came from my parents when I was young. Just five years old, I’d moved with my twin sister, brother, and parents to North Carolina. In those first few weeks, we saw the world through new child eyes. North Carolina was hilly; it was greener and quieter than where we lived in California or Iowa. One afternoon, when my father drove us on those small town streets, he asked my mother if the kids had ever seen roadkill. I don’t remember her words, but I imagine she scrunched up her nose and shook her head laughing.Read More
Whether you won NaNoWriMo this year and have a messy manuscript to show for it or you’ve worked tirelessly all year, carefully constructing your words to the end, every manuscript—no matter how tidy—needs an editing plan. Ask any author and he or she will agree: A first, second, third, or tenth draft is a brain-child, a labor of love. You may be the kind of author who would rather keep it hidden in your bedside drawer than let a scary, word-ripping vampire of an editor pry your story out of your dead cold hands.Read More
If you've gone through the self-editing check list after completing your novel, then it's time to (deep breath) *gently* hand over your manuscript to a professional editor. Listen. I know this is rough; your book is your baby.
You probably have a few misconceptions about editors. They're pretentious, snarky, scary monsters who will murder your manuscript with red ink, killing all of your darlings, judging every misplaced comma, and cackling at their computer screens when they get to write rejection letters (if you're submitting to a traditional publisher).Read More
The concept of writer’s block was one I never challenged—until I read Bird by Bird by Anne Lamott. She points out—beautifully, I might add—that a block of some kind suggests “that you are constipated or stuck, when the truth is that you’re empty.”
She peels back the layers to tell us that, perhaps, we’ve been looking at the problem of a lack of creativity from the wrong angle: “If your wife locks you out of the house, you don’t have a problem with your door.”Read More
If you’ve ever read a boring story, chances are you’ve seen the effects of Flat Character Syndrome firsthand—and it’s not pretty. In my last post, I talked about why flat characters are problematic, and how to determine if your own “darlings” are suffering the same fate. Simply put, flat characters are unrealistic. Their true emotions, conversations, struggles, motivations, and reactions don’t come across on the page. I mentioned that a few well-known symptoms of FCS include issues with point of view, inconsistencies with physical appearance, and a lack of goals, motivations, and fears.Read More
Hi, folks! I'm going to make this brief, but I just discovered a wonderful editor and speaker, Sarah Grey, who beautifully describes the author-editor relationship on her blog. Sarah was invited to speak at the second annual National Writers Union Writers' Conference, "Publish & Sell Your Work," at NWU's New York City headquarters.Read More