Schools Out for the Summer

For the next three months, I am a PhD student without classes. Sure, at least 2 days a week are filled with excavating ruins, but field school isn't anywhere near as time consuming as taking 4 graduate courses, TAing, and prepping for candidacy exams. And the timing couldn't be better. My debut novel, High Summons,... Continue Reading →

5 Steps to Calm Negotiations

Here are my 5 steps for how to keep calm and achieve the best outcome in negotiations throughout the publishing process. Deep breaths, meditation, yoga, or exercise to deal with anxiety are also suggested, but the steps are generally more directly helpful. Consider the request from the other individual's perspective imagining the best possible argument they... Continue Reading →

Battles and Treaties

If I thought last weeks blog was a bit off topic, this one is even further out of left field. Everything I'll discuss below is aimed at author conduct throughout the whole process from query to the glorious publication day, but it can be applied to a good number of aspects in anyone's life. Feel... Continue Reading →

And now…?

It took me a bit to name this post because it veers away from my normal topic area just a tad. I'm at the point where the edits are complete, and my thumbs are left twiddling. The graphic designers, marketers, and publishers are taking over. My manuscript has passed the mark, and I'm just waiting... Continue Reading →

Line Edits

Along the publishing highway, there are numerous edits. The first round, as my previous post stated, is content edits. If you're curious about those, click here. The second round is line edits. While content edits focus on the who, what, and how of the whole manuscript, line edits are just as appropriately named. The editor... Continue Reading →

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