Archive for the 'On publishing' Category

How Honest Is Too Honest?

Being real isn’t easy. It isn’t commonly practiced. It isn’t valued. Yet some folks have the idea that it’s becoming too common and we need to be careful about being transparent. They don’t agree we should promote more honesty and openness. Make no mistake, there is a battlefield over vulnerability. “…but once you are real you can’t become unreal again.
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Don’t Fear the Reaper: FREE ebook

This is a great, power-packed and quick-read resource from copyeditor and writer Blake Atwood. And I’m strongly considering giving it a place in my highly-recommended resources. It’s the book I’d like to have written if I wasn’t so busy coaching and editing books. Oh, it’s also FREE. (But you know, tip how you’d want to be tipped.) Check it out!

On Editors: Find the Best Before You Invest

How do you find the right editor and what’s a fair cost? Editors have different systems of working and what they charge. Cost varies depending on their experience, the type of work needed and other factors.  As an editor, the most difficult part for me is striking a balance between giving writers what they want and determining what they actually need.  The Editorial
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Do You Need an Editor? The *Definitive* Post

There’s a misconception I’d like to put to rest. Freelance editors are not expendable. Freelance content editors are the unsung heroes of publishing. Though it sounds like I’m tooting my own horn, I’m not. And this idea may not make me popular among my industry friends and colleagues. Yet as publishing continues to change, I see too many good writers, mid-listers and professional authors being
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Gay Talese on the Questions that Guide Us

Every time I go to a journalism class, invited by some guy at NYU or Columbia, after the class is over, and I’m about to leave to go to dinner somewhere, somebody comes up to me. “Mr. Talese, can I have your address? I’d like to write to you.” I say, “Listen, I’m here now to talk to you, but I’m
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