Category: Editing

Tiffany ring or Tiffany-style ring?

Published by on August 16, 2017
Categories: Editing Opinion

Tiffany ring or Tiffany-style ring? Yes, there is a difference, as Costco Membership Warehouse Club found out when they lost in court to Tiffany & Co., the jeweler made famous for inventing the four-prong setting showcasing jeweled stones. It seems the signage in the Costco stores did not use the phrase Tiffany-style rings to describe […]

On creating a world

Published by on September 19, 2016
Categories: Books Editing Plots and Characters

All storytellers bump up against the same challenges: What world will their characters inhabit? Will the world be large or will the story focus on a narrow segment of it? If a narrow world, will there be a broad sampling of characters? What are the rules of engagement in this world? What outside forces will […]

Mother, Friend, and Honey: Not good choices as your editor.

Published by on August 25, 2016
Categories: Book Design Books Editing Retail Ready

A friend of mine, Marcus Dewan Williams, owns a highly successful independent bookstore. He posted this on Facebook: Too many self-published authors are putting out LOW QUALITY books. POOR cover designs. POOR typesetting. POOR grammar and etc. smh From the beginning Marcus has supported those who couldn’t get a publishing deal and went the self-pub route. […]