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Editorial Services Explained: How the Industry Thinks about Editing, and How You Should Think about It Too

Posted on August 25, 2015 at 8:30am 20 Comments

This summer I listened in on an editorial panel at a writers’ conference where I’d been invited to speak. The room was packed with aspiring authors who wanted answers to their editorial questions. There were only four panelists, but ten minutes in, I started to feel the discomfort of the audience with what seemed…

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How Do You Know If You’re Good? 3 Ways to Get Validation for Your Writing

Posted on August 14, 2015 at 6:00am 18 Comments

Writers struggle with their inner critics more than most artists, I think. But they suffer from outside criticism more than most artists, too. I get asked nearly every week some variation of this question: How do I know if my writing is good? Good enough? Worthwhile? If readers will like it? If readers…

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Will Traditional Publishing Retain Its Dominance by Mandating That Its Authors Keep Their Distance from Self-Published Authors?

Posted on July 27, 2015 at 6:00am 25 Comments

Imagine my dismay this week to discover that one of the Big Five houses has a policy that bars its authors from endorsing print-on-demand books. Sadly, it’s not surprising. Traditional publishing actively works to position itself against nontraditional publishing yet has no issue whatsoever with scooping up…

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Happy 3rd Birthday, She Writes Press!

Posted on July 20, 2015 at 3:00pm 9 Comments

Dear She Writes Press,

You’re three this month, and what a fast three years it’s been. You are a success story already, since most new businesses fail within the first year. So congratulations on making it to toddlerhood! We’ve had a wild first three years together. First, you grew up faster than I…

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Putting an End to Returns: Utopian Publishing Dream or Eventual Reality?

Posted on July 13, 2015 at 11:00pm 31 Comments

It’s time to blog about returns. Not because it’s a glamorous subject, but because it’s an important piece of the book publishing business that too few authors (and readers) understand.



The fact that books are returnable in the first place is cause for frustration, and it…

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Who I am:
Publisher of She Writes Press and founder of Warner Coaching Inc.
Connect with me online! My site, blog, or Twitter handle are:
www.shewritespress.com
www.warnercoaching.com
facebook.com/warnercoaching
twitter/brooke_warner
Books I've written, anthologies I've contributed to, and any scripts or plays I've authored:
What's Your Book? A Step-By-Step Guide to Get You from Inspiration to Published Author

Visit amazon.com/author/brookewarner
My writing is:
Nonfiction, Memoir
Services I offer to other writers:
Writing and publishing coaching/consulting: warnercoaching.com
My professional associations:
SheWrites.com; NAMW.org
I found out about She Writes from:
Kamy and many authors I've worked with over the years.

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Veronica Marie Lewis-Shaw commented on the blog post 'How Do You Know If You’re Good? 3 Ways to Get Validation for Your Writing'
"Thank you, Brooke."
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Lea Galanter commented on the blog post 'Editorial Services Explained: How the Industry Thinks about Editing, and How You Should Think about It Too'
"It's not so much the problematic money mindset but the editing field/business in today's world. Seems like anyone can hang up a shingle as an editor, and there are sites where editing projects go to the lowest bidder (and you get what you…"
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Brooke Warner commented on the blog post 'Editorial Services Explained: How the Industry Thinks about Editing, and How You Should Think about It Too'
"Ha ha. May be time to change your policies, Lea. Just saying. No one has ever pushed back on this. And they prepay. I think editors have a problematic money mindset, but that's a topic for another post."
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Lea Galanter commented on the blog post 'Editorial Services Explained: How the Industry Thinks about Editing, and How You Should Think about It Too'
"Say, Brooke, can I work for you? This is the first I've heard of being paid to provide a sample -- sure I'd do a lengthy one if I were paid for it! I don't know of other editors who charge for a sample (doesnt't mean there…"
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Linda Kass commented on the blog post 'Editorial Services Explained: How the Industry Thinks about Editing, and How You Should Think about It Too'
"Brooke, as usual you have translated a confusing process into understandable and actionable terms. Most importantly, a writer needs to have at least a modicum of distance from her work to approach editing feedback with openness."
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Mardith Louisell commented on the blog post 'Editorial Services Explained: How the Industry Thinks about Editing, and How You Should Think about It Too'
"Great layout of categories and advice, even for an editor. Love the analogy of tennis and golf lessons. What about personal trainers?  That's what editors are - personal trainers. "
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Brooke Warner commented on the blog post 'How Do You Know If You’re Good? 3 Ways to Get Validation for Your Writing'
"Thanks for sharing this, Veronica, and congratulations on your anthology credits."
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Brooke Warner commented on the blog post 'Editorial Services Explained: How the Industry Thinks about Editing, and How You Should Think about It Too'
"Susan, you're lucky to have received all three levels. Good luck with your publication! And congratulations. Lea, just to clarify, I'm not suggesting that editors give free samples. Our She Writes editors do paid samples, sometimes up to…"
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Lea Galanter commented on the blog post 'Editorial Services Explained: How the Industry Thinks about Editing, and How You Should Think about It Too'
"Regarding doing a sample, yes, always ask for one. I always offer if the person doesn't know to ask. It also gives me a chance to assess their level of writing. One thing, though, is that the sample should be one to five *pages* not one to five…"
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Veronica Marie Lewis-Shaw commented on the blog post 'How Do You Know If You’re Good? 3 Ways to Get Validation for Your Writing'
"I began writing fiction several years ago, out of a need to exorcise the demons that therapy had left unfazed.  I'd read a lot of noir growing up (we don't have to tell Mama that, okay? She thinks Nancy Drew and Sweet Valley High were…"
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Lydia Sherrer commented on the blog post 'Editorial Services Explained: How the Industry Thinks about Editing, and How You Should Think about It Too'
"Wonderful post! I knew most of these things generally already, but this was a good summary and bringing everything together. I'm currently looking for an editor and it is so hard! It is a LOT of money to spend and I'm so worried about…"
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At 9:35am on March 13, 2015, Cate Warren said…

Welcome to In Praise of Literature, Brooke!

Thrilled to have an insider's viewpoint in the mix! I bet others are as intrigued as I am about what the publisher reads... :-) No pressure!

Feel free to make book recommendations or cautions, start a discussion, or post links to reviews, articles, or blogs you think that everyone should read! Most important of all, please have fun!

I'm new to group moderating, and am bound to overlook something crucial, so please let me know if there's something I can add and I'll do my best to come through!

Glad to have you aboard!

Cheers,

CW

At 4:02pm on November 14, 2014, Cate Warren said…

I see on the news today that they've settled the case, but still, the article is well written and explains some intricacies of the publishing industry that people might not otherwise know about. I hope you enjoy it!

At 12:03pm on November 13, 2014, Cate Warren said…

Hi Brooke!

I just received this month's Vanity Fair in the mail and had to sit down right away to read an article that increasingly reminded me of one of your blogs from a couple months back: you'd quit your Amazon Prime account, and mentioned the battle between Amazon and Hachette, if memory serves. Well, this article, called The War of the Words might be of some interest to you and other She Writers. It really drives home just how the publishing industry is in a state of limbo, that everyone seems to be holding their breath, knives drawn, frozen and waiting to see what's going to happen next. If you don't read Vanity Fair, it's probably on their website. It sure is an exciting (yet confusing) time to be an unpublished writer!

Take care, CW

At 9:34am on July 15, 2014, Louise Canfield said…

Hello Brooke!  I attended your workshop on “scaffolding" in San Miguel last February.  I remembered that you mentioned She Writes but had not really understood what it is until yesterday when I encountered an author who had published with She Writes.  Really looking forward to getting to know this community. 

At 7:52am on June 1, 2014, Melanie Bishop said…

Hey Brooke! Yes, I got the post you sent me. Sorry I mistakenly remembered it as being you, not Kamy, who wrote it. Much appreciated! 

At 4:01pm on May 31, 2014, Melanie Bishop said…

Hi Brooke, Trying to find the original post from way back, where you explained why you were going to publish with SheWrites, rather than with one of the big publishing houses who'd offered you a contract. A friend of mine is inquiring about SheWrites Press, and I want to send her that post, because I think it's so helpful when considering these things. Thanks! Melanie Bishop

At 5:16am on January 29, 2014, Daya Wakens said…
Hi Brooke! One of my short stories is published in a contest and would really appreciate if you could post my request for support. The contest runs only next few days and the winner is based on the number of FB "Likes" and comments on my story page only. This would take no more than five minutes, I promise. Brooke, please excuse my typing here...We are coming home from our honeymoon and had to sleep in DC airport due to weather. Thank you in advance for any support you can provide.

Please vote for me at www.midlifecollage.com
Friends, I need your FB vote & comment on my story contest page "The Second Time Around." (With the Red High Heel)My pen name is Daya Wakens. Thank you so much for your support!
At 10:55pm on April 6, 2013, Hope Edelman said…

Hi Brooke,

Best way to reach me is through hopeedelman@gmail.com.

Thanks,

Hope

At 9:22am on July 26, 2012, Stephanie Volkoff Green said…

Most definitely! I think a play date is in order.

At 6:20pm on March 8, 2012, Hollye Dexter said…

Hi Brooke! Fancy meeting you here.  : )

xo

 
 
 

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