Advice for Authors

Lower your expectations. The happiest authors are the ones that don’t expect much. The best time to start promoting your book is three years before it comes out. Three years to build a reputation, build a permission asset, build a blog, build a following, build credibility and build the connections you’ll need later. Pay for … More Advice for Authors

What Editing Is

There has been some debate in our office as to what services should be covered under the category of “editing”, and what our clients should expect if they need editing as opposed to proofreading. In fact, there are generally three levels of editing work, only one of which is what’s commonly called proofreading. In reading … More What Editing Is

The Art of Biography

When my father passed away in 2010, he was about halfway through writing a memoir. I found the fragments on his old, failing PC hard drive, which miraculously survived just long enough for me to copy the files before it too blinked out of existence. Ironically, the documents concerned his attempts to deal with the … More The Art of Biography

4 sucky things about this $19 piece of junk that make it AMAZING for writing

Technology has made a lot of things about writing easier. You can save little scraps of information in Evernote, write and edit with ease, and you don’t have to go to the library to do research. But, technology hasn’t made it any easier to concentrate, and actually write. This doesn’t need explanation. Twitter. Facebook. ’nuff … More 4 sucky things about this $19 piece of junk that make it AMAZING for writing

How digital publishing is changing the face of storytelling

We’re entering a new world of storytelling, in which digital exists as an experience; a visceral exploration of a story outside of a print book. The idea that print books exist at the top of a storytelling hierarchy, with video games, web series, YouTubers, podcasts, zines and interactive apps beneath them, is archaic and regressive: … More How digital publishing is changing the face of storytelling

Beyond the Grave

If you’ve ever thought about the future, you may wonder what things will be like after you’ve gone and whether or not you’ll be remembered. Perhaps you’ve led an ordinary life, or perhaps you’ve achieved extraordinary things—but regardless of how you’ve lived, one thing’s for certain: almost everything you’ve lived for will one day be … More Beyond the Grave