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Free editing ‘til 2017!

NOW CLOSED ‘TIL CHRISTMAS-NEW YEAR WEEK, ’17 For one week only. First three writers to apply. I’m offering free editing to the first three writers who apply to have a 5,000 word sample of their work-in-progress edited. What’s the catch? … Continue reading

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Finding an expert you can trust

If you’re an indie writer, these days you’re often dealing with people you’ve never met and probably never will – cover designers, interior designers, manuscript assessors, editors. I have never met the woman did the cover and the interior for … Continue reading

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Foreword v. Preface v. Introduction

Last month, a client of mine asked me to edit his non-fiction book, a series of vignettes about his time in rural Australia in the 1950s and Papua New Guinea in the ‘70s. One of the first things I noticed … Continue reading

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Who Killed Oyster?

Below please find reprinted this recent Smashwords blog by their CEO Mark Coker. I think it’s important. Please read on. Word came out yesterday afternoon that Oyster is “sunsetting” their business, a polite euphemism for “closing.” With the loss of … Continue reading

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