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About writing, editing, publishing & getting it out there

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Let it go, already!

worriedmomI finished proofreading a manuscript recently and handed it in to the publisher I was working for. And then I started to get my usual bout of nerves about what kind of job I did. Did I find everything? Did I overstep my bounds? Did I insert my opinion too much and change things that did not need to be changed?

Sometimes as a proofreader I spot something in the book that’s wrong, and I have to point it out. Read More

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NaNoWhyNo?

NoNoWriMo ButtonI just signed in to NaNoWriMo. I wasn’t going to do it. I still don’t know if I’m going to do it. It’s a heartwrenching, anxiety-inducing notion that I can write 50,000 words in one month, let alone an actual story. As one writer on the site declared, November brings “Th-angst-giving.”

Is there any writer out there who does not know what NaNoWriMo is? Read More

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Full-time editorial

Condensed version of announcement I made on Facebook:

I am now working full-time as a an editorial consultant, after 2-3 years working full-time and doing editing on the side.

My experience includes book editing (fiction, memoir, non-fiction), proofreading, self-publishing guidance, website creation and upkeep, blogging, marketing (social media and press releases).

I edit books for independent authors and established publishers.

I also work for companies of any size. If anyone finds me through my blog or on any of my social media sites, I give 25% off my standard rates for the first job.

Please spread the word if you know anyone who’s writing a book or who has a business for which they need marketing assistance. I am also available to speak with writing groups about editing and the publishing process. Please follow me on social media if that’s your thing (no biggie if it’s not).

Here are my links:

My professional website: http://arzoomaneditorial.com/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/Arzooman_Edit
LinkedIn: http://www.linkedin.com/in/janarzooman
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oogle+: https://plus.google.com/115403852254268405476/posts
Thank you all for your support!

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On growing a side gig

From “What It Really Takes to Grow a Side Gig,” by from Alexis Grant, The Traveling Writer.

How on earth are you supposed to launch a business when you’re already working a full-time job …? 

Question from reader to Alexis Grant: “The thing I struggle most with is having to do my work in very short time frames. I have maybe two hours in the morning during the week before I go to my full-time job, and the evenings are often spent unwinding or hanging out with my boyfriend. I’m not willing to sacrifice my quality of life to start a business – especially when the business is supposed to be about a better quality of life!”

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The Icarus Deception: How High Will You Fly?

The Icarus Deception coverRecently I’ve been following Seth Godin’s blog and twitter feed (He’s the founder of Squidoo, among other things, and always has interesting things to say about business, marketing and writing). He recently posted about his new book, which I wanted to share about because I liked the description’s call to creative people.

“Everyone knows that Icarus’s father made him wings and told him not to fly too close to the sun; he ignored the warning and plunged to his doom. The lesson: Play it safe. Listen to the experts. It was the perfect propaganda for the industrial economy. What boss wouldn’t want employees to believe that obedience and conformity are the keys to success?

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Shameless, self-serving “altruism”?

Jan Arzooman

Tweet, Tweet & Retweet were on a boat. Tweet & Tweet jumped off …

A few months ago, I was on the bus to work, bored and looking for something fun to read. I tweeted on my Android, “Does anyone have an interesting blog today? Share it with me; I’ll tweet about the one I find most interesting.” I wasn’t looking for anything specific—in the mood I was in, I probably would have preferred non-fiction—but I only got one response, from an erotic fiction writer whose blog was the second chapter of her book. Her style wasn’t what I was looking for, but I’d sort of promised to consider anyone who responded, so I read the first part and then the chapter she’d linked me to.

No one else answered my tweet, so she “won” my “call for submissions.” I tweeted a congratulatory note that my heart was not completely in, but I’d promised, so I delivered. Read More

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How can I help…and what’s in it for me?

A handmade quilt and cap made by some Astoria (Queens) crafters to contribute to the post-Hurricane Sandy aid efforts.

I admit to a bit of depression setting in over the hurricane recovery. It didn’t hit our house—we were fine—but several friends had flooding and are still without electricity. I feel helpless.

I spent another day down in the Rockaways over the weekend. I was needed to drive again and I was happy to do it, but there were a lot of other people helping, too—maybe because it was a mild day. I helped with some unloading of food and cleanup at two church centers, but that was it; I sort of felt “extra.” Read More

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Irrational fears, meandering thoughts

I wrote earlier about procrastination and getting distracted, and these are two big issues that I need to get a handle on. It’s not so easy. A big part of it is fear and negativity—if I sit down to write, I am not making money, and I should be doing something very specific toward making money, since I am not permanently employed right now—I’m doing freelance and temp work. So sitting down to write generates a fear that I’m doing the wrong thing.

My blog does not feel like as much a waste of time as fiction writing does, though, because it is linked to my website and I may, potentially, get freelance clients who need an editor or blogger or some other editorial service. But what about Twitter and Facebook—is spending time there productive? Are any of these things more or less productive than sitting down to write fiction, or an essay potentially for publication? Read More

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Temporary state of being

Some days I don’t mind being a temp, because there’s a certain freedom to not being in charge of projects or of much planning. (I do a lot of the “grunt work”; other people, mostly permanent employees, plan and organize and track progress.)

But other days it’s a source of worry. Am I doing enough? Should I be more ambitious and ask my supervisors if they want me to take more responsibility? If I did so, would I be considered a candidate for permanent employment? Or would I simply be taking on more responsibilities with little reward? Do I want to be employed there permanently? Read More