Favorite Books on Writing

When you are a freelance writer/indie author, you don’t just get to “write.” You have to be your own marketer, HR department, project manager, and boss. That means the ethereal writer side of you that wants to gaze into the forest and wait for inspiration will have to meet up with “boss you” who wants “writer you” to put your bottom in the chair and write. But that’s easier said than done. And reading books on the craft of writing and the business of writing has helped me accomplish just that. Of course, reading books on writing and not ever
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2021: The Year You Write Your Book

Has 2020 given you a lot of material to work with? As you evaluate your goals and hopes for the coming year, maybe this is the year you write your book. Or maybe you carved out the time during quarantine to draft your manuscript and you’re wondering what comes next. Well, I’m here to help! How Does the Editing Process Work? If you have a document hanging out on your computer with lots and lots of words, it’s time for some outside input. And hiring an editor is a great place to start! An editor provides an objective eye to
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100 Books in 2020

Are we sick of the word unprecedented yet? At the risk of overusing the word, I have to share this was indeed an unprecedented year of reading for me: it’s my first year to hit triple digits for my book count as an adult! I set the goal of 100 books when I was a naive thing in January of 2020 but quickly felt the pressure of trying to get to that number rather than just enjoying reading. So I adjusted. I moved the goal back down to 80, but over the months as I could better gauge my pace
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Bloom Series: Christmas Gifts for Girls

The Christmas season is upon us! If you’re looking for a special gift for the young girl in your life, may I humbly offer the Bloom devotional series? Bloom is a three-book series for girls ages 9-14 that follows the spiritual development of a young believer from the inside out. Each book contains 90 devotions that include a short reading, a scripture, and then a prayer or action step. This series is great for girls to do on their own, with a parent, or in a small-group setting. This year more than ever has shown us more than ever how
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How Do I Put My Reader First? Part 2

In part 1 of putting your reader first, we discussed three questions you can ask yourself to help keep your readers’ needs top of mind during the writing process. But the truth is, you need to carry that mindset into the editing process as well, which is what we will cover here in part 2. During the writing process, it’s just you and the keyboard, banging out beautiful words and maybe you found it simple to adjust your mindset. But in the editing process, you are inviting other people to help get your manuscript to the next level. Which means
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Before You Hit Send: 4 Editing Tips

You’ve typed “The End” on your manuscript. You’re about to send it off to your editor. But is your manuscript actually ready to send to your editor? In today’s post, I’ll be sharing four common areas of editing problems that authors can easily review before sending their beloved manuscript off to the editor. A little background first on industry standards for editing and formatting. The Chicago Manual of Style (CMOS) is the industry standard for book publishing and it has been around for almost 115 years (click here for a PDF of the very first version), serving as the quintessential
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Favorite Books on Writing
When you are a freelance writer/indie author, you don't just...
2021: The Year You Write Your Book
Has 2020 given you a lot of material to work...
100 Books in 2020
Are we sick of the word unprecedented yet? At the...
Bloom Series: Christmas Gifts for Girls
The Christmas season is upon us! If you're looking for...