Out From Behind the Curtain

Out From Behind the Curtain

I was asked in a recent podcast interview why it took me over ten years to bring my book to life. The question was posed, thinking I had written my memoir recently. I clarified that I actually had been writing it for a very long time—I’d kept my pen to paper and...
A Life of Its Own

A Life of Its Own

Never before have the insights I share with authors been as “up front and center” as they are right now. Since late December, I’ve heard these words play over and over in my mind, and in the last two weeks, they’ve become even more insistent: “A book takes on a life...
Sometimes We Hit Walls

Sometimes We Hit Walls

Yes, sometimes during the course of writing our books, we hit walls. For a variety of reasons, it can happen during the writing process, especially as life gets in the way. But, did you know it can also happen during the editing process? And that’s when it can be even...
To Edit or Not to Edit–That Is the Question!

To Edit or Not to Edit–That Is the Question!

This seems to be the question many writers ask—as they contemplate whether or not their manuscript needs to be edited. Actually, oftentimes writers come to the publishing process believing their manuscript only needs to be proofread. At most, they may think it needs a...
Midwinter Message

Midwinter Message

February 2nd marked the midwinter point, acknowledged in the US by the groundhog’s appearance. This year, Phil predicted six more weeks of winter, which I believe was inevitable. At least here in Colorado, signs of spring don’t usually show up for at least that long!...
The Editor Gets Edited

The Editor Gets Edited

Yes, when an editor authors her own works, she must be edited too. And that’s where I sit today: going through the editing process with my first memoir. As an editor, I must admit that having someone look at my writing as opposed to being evaluated for how I’ve...