Tag Archives: publishing

  • Authors.me to Connect Writers, Agents, and Publishers; Beta Testers Sought

    One of the nice perks of being an editor is getting to meet all sorts of writers, from novices to published authors. Last week, I had the opportunity to meet Jessica Katz. Jessica has been writing for her own enjoyment for many years, but she hopes to see her name in print soon. While talking […]

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  • An Interview with Author and Artist Pat Fiorello

    Pat Fiorello is a respected painter and art instructor. She published Bella Italia: Italy Through the Eyes of an Artist in October 2013. In this interview, she shares her experience of developing, publishing, and marketing the book. Michelle Hutchinson: Your book contains images of over eighty of your paintings from your travels to Italy. Had […]

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  • 8 Reasons to Hire an Editor

    By Michelle Hutchinson No matter how well you write, if you plan to self-publish your book or submit your manuscript to a literary agent or traditional publisher, you need an editor. Why? Because you’re too invested in your own writing to realize how others might interpret your words. Even editors hire editors to revise their […]

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  • Lessons Learned from a Book Launch

    By Michelle Hutchinson In the publishing industry, timing is everything. That’s what I recently learned during the book launch of author and Wordhelper client LeBron Matthews. After going through the editing process, LeBron found a small, traditional, independent publisher, Deeds Publishing, who brought his book, Tides of War: A Novel of the American Civil War, […]

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  • How to Choose an Editor

    by Michelle Hutchinson If you’re serious about publishing your book, then you already know you need an editor. That applies whether you’re pursuing the traditional or self-publishing route. But how do you go about choosing an editor? 1. Ask fellow writers who they’ve used. Make sure you ask authors whose books you’ve read or authors […]

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  • Why Authors Should Request Sample Edits…and What to Expect from the Process

    by Michelle Hutchinson If you’re a self-published author or expect to become one, realize that that self-publishing does not mean you must perform every step in the publication process yourself. In fact, you shouldn’t. You’re too close to your writing to be objective with it, so hire an editor for revising and proofreading. But before […]

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  • Writing to Publish? Then Don’t Put Cart Before Horse

    by Michelle Hutchinson There are certain things in life that have to be done in the proper order, and that applies to the steps in publishing a book. I was recently asked to review a manuscript. Typically, when I undertake a job like this, the client emails me a Microsoft Word version of the book, […]

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  • Do Editing Errors Lead to Loss of Revenue?

    By Michelle Hutchinson Writers don’t need editors, do they? Of course they do. Just read about copies of a new book that Frances Lincoln, a British publishing house, had to pull from the shelves because of numerous mistakes in the work. In fact, I have to wonder if publisher John Nichol, who is quoted at […]

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Michelle Hutchinson, Wordhelper

Michelle Hutchinson, Wordhelper

I've never been one to follow conventional wisdom—at least when it doesn't make sense to me—and I'm not about to start now. Conventional wisdom says to limit your blog to one topic (e.g., writing) or to related topics (e.g., writing, reading, publishing), but my interests are too diverse.

While a good deal of this blog will be devoted to writing, editing, and resumes, I'll also explore topics in health, science, education, and a smattering of other areas. After all, I'm not only an editor and writer, but I am or have been a dentist, teacher, naval officer, environmental researcher, wife, parent, and pet owner.

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