My rules for arguing

My rules for arguing

Since I’ve been in a few digital fights lately . . . If you disagree with me and you choose to pick a fight in a public digital space (a social network or my blog, for example), I will respond based on logic, data, and examples. I will not bring your character into it. If…

How a developmental edit differs from a copy edit or line edit, and why that matters

How a developmental edit differs from a copy edit or line edit, and why that matters

I see a lot of publishers and other service companies offering a “developmental edit” for your book manuscript. I’ve seen what a lot of these editors do. In many cases, it’s pretty superficial, and quite far from actual developmental editing. Developmental editing is about making fundamental improvements to the relationship among the author, the reader,…

Preparing for flow; ghosted profiles; double-clickeration: Newsletter 10 July 2024

Preparing for flow; ghosted profiles; double-clickeration: Newsletter 10 July 2024

Newsletter 52: why stream of consciousness writing without prep is weak, TikTok #delulu trends, AI can’t do iteration, plus three people to follow and three books to read. Prep is the key to writing in flow Some writers are able to write in flow, effortlessly pumping out words, sentences, and paragraphs, as if the ideas…

Why you should ignore the 3 million other books published every year

Why you should ignore the 3 million other books published every year

There are about 3 million new books published every year. If you are a new author, this is supposed to intimidate and scare you. How can you compete with 3 million other books? It’s bullshit. The competition that matters Let’s say you have an idea for a business strategy book. Or a marketing book. Or…

How to put off dealing with persnickety references and endnotes

How to put off dealing with persnickety references and endnotes

Nonfiction books come from source material. The source material is usually the intellectual property of other authors. That means it should be footnoted, with proper citations in a common, officially accepted format like MLA or the Chicago Manual of Style. People hate doing this. They put it off. And that tends to lead to errors….