It’s probably safe to say that most of us don’t think about ethics on a daily basis―at least not consciously. But every once in a while, we see, read or hear something that makes us think that something is not quite “right.” Something about it makes us feel that it’s just wrong. That something might […]Read More Ethical issues in self-publishing: Why you should care
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Some years ago, I wrote a blog piece on self-plagiarism, a concept that seems to be largely unknown in circles of wannabe writers these days. It seemed important at that time because I was still teaching full-time at a university, and a former student contacted me to ask for…
by Patricia J. Parsons Writers write. Editors edit. It’s that simple. Right? Well, not really. Let’s take a trip through the writing-editing process from the beginning of an idea to when a book makes its way into a reader’s hands. An idea forms in a writer’s head and that writer takes a unique, individualized approach […]Read More Who’s on first: Understanding who’s who in book editing
Albert Einstein once said, “Anyone who has never made a mistake has never tried anything new.” If you’re a new writer, you’ll inevitably make mistakes. We all make mistakes – especially when we’re embarking on a new path. Writing is no different. Over the past thirty years, we’ve learned a lot about writing and publishing […]Read More Six Common Mistakes New Writers Make
Every writer we know has old manuscripts. With the advent of electronic publishing and the completely open wild, wild west of self-publication, the temptation to simply open up the old files and see what flies out is so tantalizing as to be almost too good to pass up. But before you do that, it might […]Read More Should You Revive an Old Book Manuscript?
Why in the world does a small publisher have a YouTube channel? Aren’t we supposed to be focused on books? Well, like our recent post about our love affair with book trailers, we also think that videos make great companions to books. Of course, this works best for nonfiction. On our fall list is the […]Read More Publishers on YouTube: Why you might enjoy them
It’s easy to publish a book in the twenty-first century digital world. You just sit down at your computer, write, format, cobble together a cover and press publish. It’s just that easy. Then you sit back and wait for the money to rain down upon you and fame to follow. Right? Not so much. You […]Read More Myths in the World of Writing & Publishing: Let’s Get Real
Don’t you love a really good movie trailer? Except when you eventually find out that the trailer showed you the only really good bits in the movie! What about a book trailer? Never heard of such a thing? Let us help you out with that. Book trailers are a thing of controversy among writers and […]Read More Book Trailers: Love them or hate them?