I Show Up

by Kim Pearson on August 12, 2014

Whoopie, we’re off and running. My project, The Haiku Books of Days, will soon be out in the world, instead of being hidden inside my morning pages journals. I am incredibly grateful to the awesome team Jan King has put together to help make this happen. If you’ve read my first post about the Haiku […]


Why You Need an Independent Proofreader

by Lauren Hidden on October 10, 2012

As Jan mentioned in her last blog post, proofreading is a very important part of the book creation process. Unfortunately, it is one that many self-published authors skip—often as a cost saving measure. But proofreading, like editing, is one of the many “pay now or pay later” aspects of book publishing. If your readers or […]

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How to Make Your Editor Happy

by Kim Pearson on September 20, 2012

I’m now working on Susan’s manuscript and making suggestions on what and how to change, relocate, delete, and fix things like cumbersome wording, trite or cliché-ridden passages, redundant or unnecessary words and phrases, and other such writing perils that befall authors. This means that the manuscript that emerges after I’ve done my thing will be […]


Time and Life’s Interruptions

by Susan K. Younger on September 16, 2012

Time and life have not been my friends as I tried to work with Kim Pearson’s comments for editing my book. They are interruptions to the writing process. When the comments came back from Kim I was so confident I would be able to work with them in a timely fashion and send my revision […]


We’ve made a lot of progress since we started blogging at the end of July, but we’ve got plenty left to do. Writing your book is generally a one-person effort, but producing and publishing it is very different.  It is a team effort.  Because several people are doing the work a number of things are […]


Thoughts after Working with Editor Comments

by Susan K. Younger on September 12, 2012

It was much harder for me to rework the stories and add the input requested by Kim from me than I had ever expected. It was so clear to me she could see from a reader’s perspective what was missing in the stories. Yet as I tried to answer those questions I would get lost […]


Working with an Editor

by Susan K. Younger on August 21, 2012

I got Kim’s evaluation of my manuscript the same day I had my first conversation with Bella about the book cover. It was the verbal feedback to mirror the visual feedback and help me see how my writing was perceived by others. What a great way to get feedback, so helpful for me to begin […]


What An Editor Looks at First

by Kim Pearson on August 6, 2012

What I like most about editing is finding the creative, exciting, and beautiful ideas and stories that are trapped in word thickets. I like setting them free so they can be appreciated by others. I’m a story junkie, so a manuscript like Susan Younger’s which is stuffed with great stories, is a wonderful gift. I […]