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Editing and freelancing resources

I have been on a hunt for great editing and freelancing resources these past few weeks. The changing of the seasons always inspires me to take a fresh look at my writing and editing business, and make sure everything is on track. Once in a while, Amazon’s list of book recommendations is spot-on, and I thought I’d share a few…

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Editor interview! Shop talk with author Georgia Clark…

Author Georgia Clark is making the jump from writing YA novels to adult fiction with a speculative twist, but made some time for a quick editor interview on writing. A little backstory: she hired me to read through her fascinating and funny new manuscript, The Regulars, before sending it off to her agent. I loved working on it for so many reasons: Besides…

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The Cost of Editing a Book

In her Guardian article about self-publishing, Lisa Renee Jones estimates that to publish your own book well, the cost of editing is $6,000. She figures in all the costs, everything from $125 for the ISBN to $300 for buying review copies. By far, the largest expense she cites is $4,000 for editing. What do I think of the editing figure?…

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Book deal announcement! (Hint: We think it’ll be a bestseller.)

Congratulations to Threepenny’s client, author Karan Baraj, on his sale of THE YOGA OF MAX’S DISCONTENT (working title) to Penguin/Random House this summer. He is a bestselling author in India, and after working through two rounds of revision to his manuscript with The Threepenny Editor, succeeded in breaking into the US market. It’s slated for release in Spring 2015, and…

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Finding a Literary Agent: An Abridged History of Rejection

I’m excited to announce that after more than fifteen years of dedicated writing, workshops, critique groups, and conferences, of getting the input of a freelance editor, and of doing countless manuscript swaps with writer friends, I have an agent. The amazing Jenny Bent of The Bent Agency is representing my novel, ROOM 100, and we are currently working on revisions….

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Why custom cover design is right for your book

A novel is a unique work of art. Its e-book and print cover should be, too. And once again, Threepenny’s go-to cover designer impresses me with his dedication to this ideal. Phillip Gessert has worked with me on over a dozen custom cover design projects in the past couple of years, so I should know as well as anyone that he’s good….

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The four stages of editing

When I find myself answering a question frequently, it’s time to blog about it. Many writers ask, “What’s the difference between developmental editing and copyediting?” Or, “Does a substantive edit include proofreading?” What these questions have in common is some confusion about the four separate stages of manuscript editing. A manuscript that goes from draft to published book must pass…

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Successes from 2012

To me, being a successful book editor is all about asking myself at the end of every day, “Have I done everything possible to make this book perfect?” And indeed, last year set all kinds of records: in my number of clients, in increasing my efficiency in the administrative side of my business, in attracting new visitors to this site,…

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Indie Projects Have the Freedom to Think Big

Here’s a guest post from Threepenny’s ace freelance designer, Phillip Gessert, on having the courage to take beautiful visual risks in designing a self-published book. +++++++++++++++ Seems like most of us are on the hunt for some kind of credibility. But we haven’t always got a firm grasp on how fluid credibility really is. Say you’re an indie author, and…

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