Stop putting off that book—join me at the Nonfiction Writers Conference

Are you attending the Nonfiction Writer’s Conference? If not, let me ask: How long have you been wanting to write a book? Months, years, decades? I’ve met people who’ve had book ideas for twenty years. The ideas were small, burning fires within them, but they hadn’t taken the time to kindle the fires. They put […]

4 simple steps to publishing your first book

When Reedsy founder and CEO Emmanuel Nataf reached out to me recently on LinkedIn, I was intrigued. A platform that integrates editing, design, and publication? No more worry about version control? Easily find creatives to help make your book happen?  No way, I thought. But it’s true: it exists.  While I’m new to the site, […]

Are you a grammar nerd?

I’ve always considered myself a lover of language. Since as early as junior high, I had an innate understanding of English—almost like I could sense the editing a piece of writing needed. But being 13 and obsessed with boys and lipgloss, I didn’t recognize at the time just what my deep connection to the written […]

Learning Your Value: Why It’s Critical to Charge What You’re Worth

I started my business from a one-bedroom apartment in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. Our only air conditioning unit was in the bedroom, and with the Caribbean heat, that often meant I camped out on my bed to get work done. I didn’t have a desk or any real space to store my files and office […]

What’s It Like to Be a Freelancer? Here’s a Look

Fifty-three million. That’s the number of freelancers in the U.S.—more than one in three workers—according to a study by Freelancers Union and Elance-oDesk. Of that number, over 21 million are considered independent contractors, working on a project-to-project basis with no employer. Professional writers—often called content marketers—fit into all categories of freelancing, from full time freelance […]

What Training Do Freelance Editors and Writers Need?

Many professions have guidelines regarding who can enter the field. Surgeons, for example, must go through medical school, pass the boards, and receive a license. Lawyers have to make it through law school and then pass the bar exam. Massage therapists have to go through school and become licensed. You can’t even cut hair without […]

5 Ways to Find the Right Freelance Book Editor

Author’s note: This post originally appeared on JaneFriedman.com, an excellent blog by the fantastic Jane Friedman. It prompted a hot debate, as you’ll see in the comments on her site, and resulted in media coverage all over the web. Since it still remains a popular article, I’m bringing it to my blog for a second […]

2 Software Tools Every Freelancer Needs

I’ve wanted to be a writer since second grade. As I grew, I dreamed of what it would be like to be paid to write. Could there be anything better? But while visions of book signings and big paychecks swirled around my head, I never once thought about the practicalities of being a professional writer. […]

Why a Writing Routine Matters and How to Start One

I meet a lot of writers. I also meet a lot of “writers.” You know who I’m talking about: people who want to write, or say they do, but actually do more talking about writing than actual writing. If you fall into the latter group, don’t worry. There is no judgment here. But I would […]

Infographic: What Authors Need to Know About E-books and Publishing

I’m always looking to understand more about publishing. E-books especially intrigue me because they can have such huge potential for authors—and yet, they also pose a threat to small bookstores and local efforts. So, I took research into my own hands to get a better grasp on the e-book market. What I found was surprising: […]