3 Keys to Working with Editors

More than a year ago I posted, Who Needs and Editor? You! If you think you don't, you're silly. Go back and read it. Working with editors over the years has led me to a conclusion--there are three keys to help you develop a happy and productive author/editor relationship. Get these three things right and…

Techniques to Cure Wordiness

As I said when I started this series of posts, a writer’s greatest skill should be allowing words to do their work. If we do that, our writing should be very concise. This post is a second in the series–a how-to. Kick out the clutter. See if you don’t sense the beauty of words anew.…

Techniques to Cure Wordiness

A writer's greatest skill should be allowing words to do their work. If we do that, our writing should be very concise. I'm planning a series of posts here in the coming weeks--a how-to. I invite you to give these suggestions a try and see if you don't sense the beauty of words anew. Technique…

It’s Not A Forward…

It's a Foreword! This morning I opened a digital book that was sent to me, expecting to browse its genius. The genius will have to wait, because two words on the cover and repeated in the book's front-matter derailed me: "Forward by..." NO! Nothing screams "your editor needs a stronger cup of coffee" louder than…