Why Your Book Needs a Developmental Editor

  When my youngest daughter was in second grade, I once accompanied her class on a field trip to the zoo. Hillary was delighted to have me with her on the school bus full of loudly chattering children. One of her classmates, a young man of about seven, sized me up and asked boldly over … Continue reading Why Your Book Needs a Developmental Editor

Edit Ruthlessly

One mistake many writers make is to write and edit at the same time. Trust me, at that pace, you’ll never finish!  I once heard the quote (and I thoroughly agree with it): “A first draft is simply you telling yourself the story.” Meaning, the first time around, you’re just getting it down on paper. … Continue reading Edit Ruthlessly

Mapping Your Manuscript

“When most people think of an ‘editor,’ they generally think about someone who weeds out all the bad grammar, misspelled words, and typos from a manuscript.  That is only partially true. This is copy editing. A good copy editor knows the rules of grammar and uses them scrupulously to polish your manuscript. A developmental editor, on the other hand, … Continue reading Mapping Your Manuscript

When It’s Time to STOP Writing Your Book

You gotta know when to hold ‘em Know when to fold ‘em Know when to walk away . . . Okay, so technically that line from an old Kenny Rogers song is talking about gambling, not writing a book. But either way, it still holds true. Sometimes, you just need to know when to walk … Continue reading When It’s Time to STOP Writing Your Book

Who Me, Write a Book?

“Why should I write a book? There are so many others out there already. How can I possibly have anything new to say on the topic?”

This is probably one of the most frequent objections I hear from would-be authors, many times leaders in their fields who have been urged to think about writing a book. They ask, What do I have to contribute that someone else hasn’t already?

Why Writing a Book Is Like Building a House

  My house was recently under construction. Chaos, tarps, and paint fumes everywhere! During the month-long process, we decided to paint the ceiling and a few accent walls before the new floors were put in, the last thing on the construction to-do list. We freely painted the walls without a drop cloth, letting our bright … Continue reading Why Writing a Book Is Like Building a House

Ditching Your Inner Perfectionist

Ah, procrastination. The bane of many of us. Even people who are usually “drivers” can have a tendency to procrastinate when it’s a task they find overwhelming . . . or when they think they can’t do it perfectly. This frequently shows up when a person has to write something, particularly if he or she … Continue reading Ditching Your Inner Perfectionist

Reviews

A few comments from past clients of Inspira: “Arlyn and her team at Inspira are a blessing to aspiring authors and their future readers. She helped me go from idea/concept/research-in-hand to professionally published and printed book-in-hand, ready to ship to customers. If you have a manuscript ready or just the idea and motivation to write a … Continue reading Reviews

Available March 24th – “Facing the Blitz” by Jeff Kemp

It was a joy and a privilege for me to serve as developmental editor with Jeff Kemp (Family Life Vice President and former NFL Quarterback) in the writing of his book, Facing the Blitz: Three Strategies for Turning Trials into Triumphs, released March 24th by Bethany House Publishers. It is available at your local bookstore, bethanyhouse.com or … Continue reading Available March 24th – “Facing the Blitz” by Jeff Kemp

New Book Launch! Pulse: Understanding the Vital Signs of Your Business

I’m excited to announce the publication of Pulse: Understanding the Vital Signs of Your Business by Frank Coker, a project on which I was delighted to serve as developmental editor and publishing project manager. If you own–or know someone who owns–a business, I hope you’ll order a copy right away. Pulse is full of practical … Continue reading New Book Launch! Pulse: Understanding the Vital Signs of Your Business