What Can You Expect with Copy Editing?

When working with authors who are new to the writing process, I sometimes get the sense that when they deliver their manuscript to me, it’s like they are delivering a freshly baked pie, perfect and ready to enjoy. But delivering the first draft of your MS to your editor isn’t like leaving a freshly-baked creation on their doorstep. It’s inviting them into your kitchen and letting them critique your crust and fiddle with the apple pie filling. But it’s the critiquing part and the fiddling part that can seem intimidating to so many authors. Maybe you aren’t sure what to
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Hope in the Face of Tragedy

What strength do I have, that I should still hope?  What prospects, that I should be patient? Job 6:11 These are indeed strange times we are living in. Collective grief and trauma, huge unknowns, uncertain economy. We live in the tension of knowing our hope is secure in the Lord and yet the circumstances are anything but secure. How do you keep going? Maybe you’ve heard voices that like to whisper to your vulnerabilities in these moments. I know I have. Isn’t it foolish to keep going down this way? Doesn’t common sense beg for this action or that action? In
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Remembering Elisabeth Elliot

Today marks five years since Elisabeth Elliot passed away at the age of 88. Elisabeth Elliot was a missionary, author, mother, and wife of slain missionary Jim Elliot and perhaps no other Christian author has had a bigger impact on my walk with the Lord than she has. I was first introduced to her story when I was in middle school, and ever since I read the story of her and her husband and their missionary team moving to Ecuador to reach the natives there, I’ve been captivated. I even had the privilege to hear her speak when I was
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Marking Milestones in a Pandemic

Last week marked one year since launching Bloom Book 3. But instead of feeling joyful, I found I had more mixed emotions than expected. As I started to dissect why I was feeling this way, I realized those thoughts could have some value for others as we move into a month known for marking milestones: end of the school year, graduations, weddings, etc. You may not get to mark those milestones in the way that you’ve anticipated, and for that, let me pause and say I am sorry. From my own experience, I want to encourage you to find some
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April Favorites

April was a blur, and not in the sense that it went by fast. Fast it was not. But there were a few things that made this month a little more bearable. Enjoy some links to my April favorites! Reading for a Change podcast, especially this episode The Next Right Thing podcast, this episode A Fall of Marigolds by Susan Meissner This tea is making me think of summer! This throwback song, but so right for this moment in time.
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Bible study for girls

Bloom Book 3 is One!

Bloom Book 3 is one today! The last year has flown by and it’s been so wonderful getting to share this third book in the Bloom series with all of you. If you’re looking for a Bible study for some young girls in your life, these books are a great place to start! If you’re new around here or new to the Bloom books, welcome! Bloom is a three-book devotional series for girls ages 9-14. Mirroring the growth of flowers, the series starts in Book 1 with a girl’s relationship with God and blooms outward in Book 2 (friends and
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What Can You Expect with Copy Editing?
When working with authors who are new to the writing...
Hope in the Face of Tragedy
What strength do I have, that I should still hope?  What...
Remembering Elisabeth Elliot
Today marks five years since Elisabeth Elliot passed away at...
Marking Milestones in a Pandemic
Last week marked one year since launching Bloom Book 3....