Writing About Writing

Here are a few things you probably know, if you’ve been visiting here long:

• I work in publishing, which is in a state of flux, and that occasionally makes me nervous and other times not so much

• I love my job, and sometimes I talk (write) about how I do it

• I can talk (write) endlessly about books, especially ones I’ve enjoyed

• Sometimes I write about writing

Yes, I edit books for a living, and one aspect of my job that I really enjoy is the opportunity to … well, to teach. I think a lot about the best way to help an author understand why something works or doesn’t work. Eventually this might show up as a blog post (a #writetip).

But let’s face it, kids—there are a thousand and one people out there writing up #writetips, some of them even less experienced than me. And I happen to be of the school of thought that believes there’s more to writing a manuscript that will sell than #writetips. Which is why I like to write about other things.

Like great books. Because you cannot be a good writer if you’re not a good reader, for real.

Like the publishing industry, because a writer who wants to publish needs to know the best way to approach that goal.

Like how to work with an editor, because editorial help is just one more piece of the how-to-be-a-good-writer puzzle. Also, of course, I’d go crazy just writing about writing.

Nonetheless, I do have these #writetip posts and other advice. You can find them by using the tag cloud or the list of categories in the right-hand column, but there is another place you can look; I sometimes send this link to friends and correspondents, and I’ve been meaning to tell you about it too. It’s a list of all my #writetip posts and some other useful articles. I update it every week.

Scroll past the first topics. Then you’ll see it: Writing Tips!

So here’s the thing. My blog is about books and authors, writing and editing, words and language, and the publishing industry. I enjoy these topics, and I hope you do too. But if there’s something you’d like to discuss, leave me a comment and we will. :)

Tweet: Here’s a list of my #writetip posts & other useful articles. I update it every week.
Tweet: I want to help authors “get” why it works or doesn’t. This might show up in the blog.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I have not received any compensation for writing this post. I have no material connection to the brands, products, or services that I have mentioned. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

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