How writing my first book led me to live in Portugal

In 2012, I was a graduate student at the University of Cincinnati, attending with a full tuition assistantship working part-time at a scientific journal on campus. I was also running my business, which I had started three years earlier while living in the Dominican Republic, and had been working since the age of 14. While […]

How to turn your expertise, idea, or story into a successful book

It wasn’t that long ago that I was dreaming of writing a book. In fact, it had been a lifelong dream, born in second grade in the pages of The Chronicles of Narnia and my first medaled poem. Since elementary school, I have been obsessed with words. In junior high and high school, I took […]

5 writing truths from working with 100+ books

I delivered a book draft to a client this week. No matter how many books I’ve written, coached, or otherwise impacted over the years, the first draft is always an incredible milestone. And no matter how well I plan the process—how dedicated, focused, and organized I am—the last few weeks before a book deadline are […]

Self-editing for authors: step into the flow

This week’s post comes from editor and writer Robin Bethel. Robin is a close friend and colleague, and we’ve worked together on various projects for more than nine years. Here, Robin shares self-editing advice she’s identified from working with dozens of authors (including me!). Whether you write articles or books—or aspire to do so—I hope […]

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 […]