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April 2, 2017

More than any other typo, yeah vs. yea errors make me want to light myself on fire. A very good friend and collaborator of mine (hi, Mark) is a great prose writer, but it took me the better part of a decade to get him to stop making this common error. There's a big dif...

March 29, 2017

I see number formatting errors and inconsistencies all the time in my work as a submissions reader. And not to throw shade on anyone, but most of these manuscripts have supposedly already been professionally edited, indicating that numbers are an issue that professiona...

March 29, 2017

I find myself in the leather passenger seat of a very immaculate blue BMW, driven by my ex-wife’s new husband, Etienne, heading north on Boren Ave. We are buckled in tight, Etienne is skimming bumps and rocketing the curves like an Olympic bobsled driver. We are headin...

March 26, 2017

The reason I’m so obsessive about formatting when I give manuscript advice is that it’s perhaps the only part of the publishing process where the author has complete control. For example, let’s say you write a great Mystery-Thriller set in 1975 about a young girl who g...

February 28, 2017

As a submissions editor, one of the most important considerations I have to think about in deciding whether or not to recommend your MS for a publishing offer is the cost of getting your MS into publishable condition. Copy editing costs money (and time), so if your MS...

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I am an editorial, submissions, and marketing consultant for a prominent publishing house.  I also love working with indie/self-publishing fiction authors, particularly on matters relating to marketing strategy. I currently focus on genre fiction, but I also have a decade of experience writing and editing marketing, technical, and instructional copy.

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