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The PoP Newsletter

“Sell Your Book!” Workshop — Registration Has Begun!

As promised, P.O.P. Editorial Services is putting on a writers' workshop, and I'm happy to announce registration is now open!   I'm very excited about this new opportunity to discuss writing, editing, and the publishing process as  a whole. After working with self-publishers for the past year and a half, I have found the information available to writers is extremely limited in scope. While there is a wealth of resources on how to write, the methods of writing, and how to market your book when it's done, most authors hear very little about the steps they can take while they are writing that will help them market the manuscript when it is complete, as well as how they can save money in the process.   I think one problem is that this information isn't...

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Brain Storms

A couple of weeks ago I gave a presentation on the process of getting your manuscript ready for editing, and it went really well. We covered some great information, and I think the audience got a lot out of it. When I got home that night, I told my handsome and strong husband, Chris, how much I enjoyed the experience and that I wanted to find other venues for talks. I also realized that although the presentation was good, there was so much more I wanted to say on the topic.   After some brainstorming on how best to satisfy both goals, I came up with an idea: I'm going to put on a workshop for writers to help them prepare their manuscripts for publication from the very first page. This isn't...

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Now Presenting… with Unexpected Results

I gave a presentation last night at the St. Louis Publishers Association meeting, and all in all I think it was a success.  The presentation was called Preparing Your Manuscript: Writing and Editing Tips, and it covered the big things you need to do during the writing process to create a marketable product.   To some, the topics I covered may have been obvious. However, I have found that self-publishers in particular often have a big dream with little to no idea of how to achieve it. In the age of electronic publishing, where everyone seems to be putting out an e-book through CreateSpace or AuthorHouse, it's easy to gloss over the details of how that book actually came into existence.   Some of the key points I covered were the need to define...

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The Year Ahead

It's already five days into January 2011 and it's time to take a look at what the new year holds for P.O.P.   Several exciting developments hit my desk in the last two weeks of December, and they are certain to have a big impact on 2011. One is a new contract for copyediting services with Wisconsin Historical Society that P.O.P. was awarded on December 28. I spent many hours preparing the proposal required to get the contract, and it was a real reward to find out I'd earned it. Landing the contract means I can count on WHS for six or seven copyediting projects over the course of the new year. That kind of consistency offers security that freelancers rarely enjoy. And the projects that WHS produces are always of top...

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Three Days Off

POP was closed over the weekend, and it was a real treat for me. As much as I love my work -- and I really do love it -- I feel it's important for people to take time for themselves. And that includes me!   I have been working very hard  since September, with little time off. For three months I was working seven days a week, and much of the time, I was putting in 10- or 12-hour days. Over the four-day weekend that made up my Thanksgiving break, I was sick and traveling, neither of which helped recharge my batteries.   This past week, however, I finally was able to take a deep breath, and that culminated in three days off. I'm happy to say I spent that time wisely. I slept...

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Here we go…

P.O.P. Editorial Services is the proud new parent of this blog!   As owner of P.O.P., I'll be bringing you exciting news from the publishing world, updates about the goings-on at P.O.P., and perhaps some commentary on the latest book club book (this month: A Reliable Wife, by Robert Goolrick).   Stay tuned for more great posts from P.O.P. Editorial Services!...

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