Just a quick note, y’all, to say thank you to all the fabulous folk who’ve brought their work to my desk this year (and previously as well). As of right now, I’m not taking on further new clients until January 2014. I always make time for existing clients, so if you’ve hired me before, feel […]
January 23, 2013
My colleague Linda Yezak has an excellent post about certain fads of writing style advice and how they can mess with good mechanics and clarity. If you’re stuck between your instincts, your learning curve and the advice you’ve heard, click here to read and see some great examples of how to filter the folk wisdom.
December 2, 2012
Scienda Editorial congratulates successful indie author K.M. Weiland on the release of her next novel, Dreamlander. When not writing, Ms. Weiland is busy running the award-winning Wordplay website and assisting newer authors through materials such her craft book, Outlining Your Novel, on which the Writer’s Digest University course of the same name is based.
November 14, 2012
I’ve freelanced for a long time now, taken breaks from it for my sanity’s sake, come back to it because the accomplishment is addictive. I wouldn’t trade it for anything. Freelancing taught me how to identify publishers with whom I have sympatico, so that I can pitch successfully to them. It taught me to pitch […]
May 8, 2012
Steve Laube talks about communication breakdowns and what causes them. Kristen Lamb pinpoints how writers feel about using language like “target audience” on our beloved readers. And what alternative ways of thinking we can use. Amanda Luedeke talks about using Facebook when you don’t have a book out yet. I have some fun with K.M. […]
May 3, 2012
Over the last year, I’ve been strongly reminded that I can’t write the stuff that really comes from my core when I’m stressed out.
And especially not when that stress is related to writing.
In defense of the art, it’s never the writing’s fault, but sometimes the people or circumstances associated with it have detrimental effects. Here are some takeaways from my years of freelance writing.
April 9, 2012
It’s okay to stand your ground in the face of vibrant opinions, even if you’re still developing that ground–and maybe especially so, because you’re laying the foundation of your future. And you have to live with it. Others don’t.