Category Archives: John’s blog

How to put your writing time first and get your writing done, no matter what

It’s late and everyone in your house has gone to sleep. If you’re a writer, there’s a good chance this might be your favorite time of day. No one is around to interrupt you. You’ve had time to have dinner, … Continue reading

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How to edit a book: a writer’s guide to understanding the process

I have been working as an editor with self-publishing authors for several years now. A year and a half ago my work load grew so big I had to expand and form a team. Since that point I’ve become a … Continue reading

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Self-editing for writers: how to approach revision and drafting effectively

I bought my first house a few years ago. It’s a well-maintained home in a quiet residential area with a quaint little office overlooking the street, which makes it an ideal place for an editor to live. I’m grateful that the … Continue reading

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The basics of book marketing: What every self-published Indie author needs to know to sell more books

Due to popular request, today I’m going to segue into the topic of marketing for self-publishing Indie authors. Before I do, I want to be clear on where my knowledge on this topic comes from. Craig Gibb, the outreach coordinator for … Continue reading

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Where is the best place to write a book? Coffee shops and the writer’s office

Picture the inside of a Starbucks — what do you see? I’m willing to bet you see at least a few people hunched over laptop computers typing away furiously. While some might be students and others might be entrepreneurs, a … Continue reading

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How to decide if you’re ready to publish: channeling your inner ideal reader

Probably the most common editing clients I work with are romance writers. Romance is a very competitive genre, one that requires several releases per year, preferably monthly, to stay competitive and to maintain a readership. Romance authors, understandably, crank out … Continue reading

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Creative writers and artists alike: why you should be getting more than 8 hours of sleep a night

Sleep is something I’ve struggled with all my life. Being a writer has only complicated things, as, over the years, I’ve lain awake many a night for hours on end, my story unfolding in my head, tempting me to get … Continue reading

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