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Sides forming in the Amazon-Hachette dispute

Anti-Amazon ad

On Sunday, a full-page ad will appear in The New York Times, paid for by a group of best-selling authors and signed by 900 other authors, calling on Amazon “in the strongest possible terms to stop harming the livelihood of the authors on whom it has built its business.”

This ad is “the latest salvo in a battle over terms which has seen Amazon delay delivery and remove the possibility of pre-orders on a swathe of books by Hachette authors, including JK Rowling and James Patterson,” The Guardian reported on Friday, Aug. 8. “The online leviathan Amazon says it is attempting to ‘lower ebook prices’; publishing conglomerate Hachette argues that it is seeking ‘terms that value appropriately for the years ahead the author’s unique role in creating books, and the publisher’s role in editing, marketing, and distributing them.’ Read More

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Improving your editing skills

Editorial Bootcamp: Copyediting Intensive

For beginning editors and those wanting to brush up on skills

For both new editors and those who have been editing for years, an intense, one-day training session on editing non-fiction will be held after the Communication Central conference in Rochester, NY, on Sunday, September 28, from 9 am to 3 pm.

The Copyediting Intensive is led by Laura Poole, senior editor at Archer Editorial Services and co-founder of Editorial Bootcamp. The Bootcamp is associated with but separate from Communication Central, and registrants for both events are offered discounts. Registration is on the last page of the Communication Central registration form. Read More

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“Out of our garrets”

As I approach my first anniversary of becoming a full-time freelancer, I am excited to once again be attending the Communication Central conference, Sept. 26-27, 2014, in Rochester, NY. This gathering is something I look forward to because of how beneficial it’s been to me. Each time I’ve gone, I’ve learned something new about being a writer and editor.

I’ve also gotten to know Communication Central organizer Ruth Ruth T-C_Jan 2014E. Thaler-Carter over the last few years, and one of the reasons I keep going back to this conference is Ruth’s warm and helpful attitude to other editors and writers. (So helpful that she’s extended the early-bird conference rates just for readers of this blog! See below*) Read More

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“Reinvent Your Business”—2014 Communication Central Conference

Communication Central cropped logoFor experienced freelance editors (and those just starting their business)

The Communication Central “Build Your Business” conference is a small but very helpful conference for editorial freelancers, and I recommend it to anyone trying to build their business or improve the way they do business. The conference is Sept. 26-27 in Rochester, NY, and the theme is “Be a Better Freelancer! (Re)Invent Your Business.”

[See my interview with conference organizer Ruth E. Thaler-Carter here. Note: She's extended early-bird prices for the conference to August 10 for readers of this blog!] Read More

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Variety of services at Arzooman Editorial

Example_of_copyedited_manuscriptWhat I edit

I don’t know how many copyeditors work in just one genre (I suspect very few), but as far as my business (Arzooman Editorial Services) is concerned, I work in a variety of styles and genres.

I’m currently editing a non-fiction book about fighting diabetes, but the last book I worked on was fiction, a thriller about a serial killer. Read More

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Aug. 1-3, NYC: Writer’s Digest Conference

The craft and business of being a writer

Writers Digest conference logoThe Writer’s Digest Annual Conference, taking place in New York City in a few weeks, is for literary writers of all experience levels, published, unpublished, or self-published. According to the event’s website, the conference program is “designed to give (writers) a balanced education in both the craft and the business of being a writer, in an encouraging and inspiring environment.” Read More

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Infusion of Creativity—WordCamp Asheville

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WordCamp logo

Discovering WordCamp

This past weekend I had the pleasure of attending my very first WordCamp, held in Asheville, NC. Three months ago, I didn’t know what WordCamp was. I have a friend who’s a Website designer. Since I dabble into the design and function of my Website and sometimes run into issues trying to make something happen in HTML (Hypertext Markup Language) or CSS (Cascading Style Sheets), I often turn to her. She’s given me lots of great advice. But she knows I want to learn this myself, and sometimes I fear I’m bothering her with something the most basic of WordPress.org bloggers should already know. Read More

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Will a Writing Group Improve Your Writing?

Too much pressure?

writing group 3 by Adam Tinworth flickrI hemmed and hawed about joining a writing group for years. I wanted to, because I felt it would push me to write more and write better. But I had long periods where I couldn’t seem to write, at least not anything I thought was decent. I felt that the pressure of a writing group would be counterproductive and would result in my feeling worse about my writing than before.

Yet I saw other writers talking about how such groups helped them finish their novels.

If you have hesitated, like me, afraid of the pressure, then work on finding or starting a writing group that gives as much support as criticism. Read More

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Criticism: It only hurts for a little while (like a root canal)

manuscript 2Feedback, direct or indirect

At some point in the writing process, you’re going to have to accept some criticism, either direct or indirect. By direct I mean from your writing group or beta readers (if you have them), your editor (if you’ve hired one), your agent (if you’re good enough that one takes you on), or the editors at your publishing house (if you can get in the door).

You don’t have to go through that process at all, of course—after all, mainstream publishing is now represented by merely a handful of gatekeepers, and they’re not looking out for your best interests, right? Or so the self-publishing mavens say. So self-publish, get your book out there, and skip all these steps. Then wait for the sales and rave reviews to pour in. And wait. And wait. Read More

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No guarantee

NYPL books 3 020113I named my blog “Write.Edit.Share.Repeat” because I wanted to encourage everyone to write, to make their work as perfect as they could, to share it with others (self-publish, if you can’t get a deal with a mainstream publisher), and then to keep going. When I tell people, “If you want to write, just write,” I mean it.

But everyone has limitations. I struggle with writing, myself, and more than half of the time I don’t like what has emerged on the paper or screen. You have to write, edit, revise, edit, revise. No book you see on a shelf in a bookstore was a first draft. Read More