About Laura

Laura is a freelance editor, author, and graphic designer. She graduated from university in 1997 and has worked in book and magazine publishing ever since. Her niche specialties include non-fiction, technical, trade, travel, and long-form fiction. She also specializes in website development, copywriting, course development, and SEO optimization.

How I Created a Memoir from Old Family Letters and Photos

Creating a memoir from old family letters and photos can get complicated. You start out with good intentions and then find yourself sorting through hundreds (even thousands) of letters and old photos trying to find a way to make a manuscript. Scrapbooking has been around for years, and it is a convenient way to take [...]

By |2019-07-03T00:47:42+00:00July 3rd, 2019|Publishing|0 Comments

Editing 101 — How to Edit Your Book by Drafts

After hours (months? years?) of painstaking work, you’ve finally gotten to the last page of your manuscript and feel ready to show the world. Congratulations! You’ve made it further than a lot of other writers. Are you ready to self-publish or send it off to an agent? Not quite. There are still quite a few revisions needed for your book. Here are some tips to help you learn how to edit your book.

By |2019-05-29T22:04:54+00:00May 29th, 2019|Publishing, Writing|0 Comments

ISBN and Barcodes: Tips for Self-Publishers

One of your final steps in the journey is the attainment of an ISBN number and a barcode. This number identifies your book’s publisher, edition, publication region, and physical properties. The barcode is a graphical representation of your ISBN and pricing information. Simply put, they are a unique identifier for your publication—no other number or media will have that exact ISBN or barcode.

By |2019-05-29T22:06:32+00:00April 21st, 2019|Publishing|0 Comments

Want to Write a Book? Here are 5 Tips for Getting Started

So, you want to write a book. It’s one that you’ve been considering for a long time. Every time I’ve mentioned what I do for a living, I always have people say that they have wanted to write but just were not sure how to get started. Let's get started.

By |2019-05-29T22:07:25+00:00May 6th, 2018|Publishing, Quick Tips, Writing|0 Comments

Writer’s Guide — What is a Theme? It’s What Your Story is Really About

“What’s your story about?” As a writer, you have probably been asked that questions many times. Often, writers fall into the trap of stating something like, “science fiction,” or “it’s a mystery novel.” However, they are simply giving the genre and not the theme. What is a theme? A theme simply answers what the story is about.

By |2019-05-29T22:14:11+00:00August 21st, 2018|Writing|0 Comments

Writer’s Guide — Using Plot to Answer the Big Dramatic Question

Have you ever read a story where you had a hard time figuring out what was going on? Not in an Inception type of way, but more like you can’t figure out what the story is trying to accomplish. What is happening? A well-defined plot describes the main part of the story in which everything revolves. Knowing and answering the big dramatic question centers around the protagonist’s central conflict and keeps the reader interested in your story.

By |2019-05-29T22:28:09+00:00October 4th, 2018|Writing|0 Comments

Writer’s Guide — Creating a Character Profile

When writing your novel, it’s important to get to know all your characters, even the bad ones. Developing your character profiles and investing the time to understand them more intimately. Doing so will enable you to write with more authenticity. Flesh them out and imagine how they would act in the real world.

By |2019-05-29T22:29:36+00:00August 7th, 2018|Writing|0 Comments

Writer’s Guide — Different Types of Point of View in Writing

Contemplate reading the latest murder mystery on the market. Imagine your emotional response to the story presented from the point of view (POV) of the husband who first stumbled upon the scene of the crime. What about a story from the victim’s perspective as they you (the reader) tell their story? Would your reaction be any different if the narrator was an omnipresent narrator with no direct ties to the characters?  The point of view, or voice that tells your story, directly impacts your emotional connection to your story.

By |2019-05-29T22:30:24+00:00September 17th, 2018|Writing|0 Comments
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