While proofreading a manuscript (mine or someone else’s), I often have to stop and think about whether a word should be capitalized or not. I get out my in-print dictionary or style guide, or go to my online subscription or CD-ROM. And after spending a while researching the various resources (not all of which agree), […]
An editing client of mine recently asked me to explain the difference between indie publishing, subsidy publishing, and self-publishing. In my reply, I acknowledged that these terms can be very confusing—especially since the definitions have morphed over time. Several years ago, the term indie meant going with a publishing house that was independent from […]
I am excited to announce the launch of The PEN Institute, a new entity of the Christian Editor Network LLC. The PEN Institute started in 2004 as a part of The Christian PEN: Proofreaders and Editors Network, which began when I had a vision to create a community for Christian editors. Education has always been […]
After a recent extraction of a decayed tooth, my dentist prescribed antibiotics for me. The paperwork that came with the pills instructed me to take one pill every six hours, four times a day. Even after my Novocain-induced mental fog lifted, I couldn’t figure out how to follow those instructions without setting an alarm to […]
Having been a professional freelance editor since 1998, I believe in the power of a well-written and well-edited book. With all the self-publishing and small-press publishing going on these days, it seems there’s a plethora of books out there that aren’t as well edited as what the big traditional publishers have put out in years […]
Because I believe in the power, impact, and influence of Christian writers’ conferences, and the Mount Hermon conference in particular, I am holding a contest again this year in which the prize is a full scholarship to the 2016 Mount Hermon Christian Writers Conference (a $999.00 value!).
This week, I have the honor of having Lori Hatcher as my guest blogger. Lori is the editor of Reach Out, Columbia magazine and the author of two devotional books. Her second, Hungry for God…Starving for Time, 5-Minute Devotions for Busy Women, released in December. Lori graciously agreed to share with you three things that […]
I recently experienced a tremendous thrill of excitement over taking out a comma. Last January, my first traditionally published book, Proofreading Secrets of Best-Selling Authors, was released. I immediately added the book title to my bio, of course. Last November, I signed a four-book contract with BroadStreet Publishing Group. (If you don’t know about my […]