Tag#hollybargobooks

Editing, not alchemy

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Many authors are reluctant to hire editors for various reasons. The most common are expense, hubris, and dread. Expense: Professional editing is expensive. That’s why it behooves an author to select an editor who’s a good match for both the manuscript and oneself. The wrong editor can make what sometimes feels like an excruciating process worse. An incompetent editor overwrites the...

Lather. Rinse. Repeat.

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Publishing involves process, especially traditional publishing. In my “real” life, I’m a freelance writer, editor, and book designer. I help authors along the publishing journey by providing discrete services. Although the name of my business may suggest otherwise, Hen House Publishing is not a traditional publisher. That being said, I receive and see inquiries every week from...

book reviews

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Occasionally in various author and writing groups, I come across posts asking whether, as a reader, I post reviews on books I do not finish or post reviews for books written by other authors. These queries come across as though the person posting were squeamish about book reviews. Inevitably, the posts gain traction from two basic camps of respondents. To answer the first question, yes, I do post...

Convention season BEGINS

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This month’s newsletter speaks to convention season. Ohio (where I live) is fortunate to enjoy an extended and extensive array of festivals, fairs, and other events throughout the year; however, convention really gets cracking in May. After a family reunion the first weekend of May, my calendar is packed with weekened events over the next several months that will take me all over Ohio and...