book editing

Hiring an Editor? Think There’s Only One Kind? Read This First!

The good news is that when you hire a professional editor, you can get the kind of editing you want. Here are some strategies for understanding what is included in different kinds of editing and choosing the kind that’s right for your project. Below I describe a few different kinds of editing that you might as for.

Is Your Manuscript in a Mess? Find Order in the Chaos With This Simple Exercise

I love organizing really big messes. Not closets or garages. The messes I like to organize are massive amounts of content. A sentence here, a paragraph there, and a transcript elsewhere, and they all need to be synthesized into a coherent, compelling document.

Are You an Authority Without a Book? Use These Tips to Plan Your Manuscript

Pick one ideal person, maybe a client or someone you know, or a hypothetical ideal reader, and think about what you want to tell her. When you know how old she is, how much she already knows on the topic, and what you want her to take away from your book and do in response to your writing, you will be in a much better position to collect your thoughts.

Tips to Create Your Book From a Series of Blog Posts

Tips to Create Your Book From a Series of Blog Posts

What's stopping you from compiling your blog posts into a book and promoting yourself as the thought leader that you are? Check out these simple strategies for organizing your ideas and keeping the most important thing in mind: who is your book's audience, and what do you want them to take away from your book?

Overcome Personal Obstacles to Your Success with Emotional Intelligence

Overcome Personal Obstacles to Your Success with Emotional Intelligence

Find out Thomas McNeely's three simple steps to find your truth and take action. By refusing to stay mired in personal tragedies, nor to hold himself responsible for events outside his control, he used emotional intelligence to take stock of his options and choose one that gave his book access to an audience. 

5 Tips to Find Your Best Editor for Your Book Manuscript

5 Tips to Find Your Best Editor for Your Book Manuscript

A writer who worked with another editor came to me in tears after her book reviewers returned their reviews and asked “This isn’t the edited copy, is it?” I created these 5 tips for the client to use in finding an editor for her next book, and I want to share them with you, too, so you can find a great editor who will understand your expectations and support your goals.