Thursday, August 31, 2017

3rd Annual ShowMe Writers Masterclass

ShowMe Writers Masterclass

At the University of Missouri in Columbia, MO (or Mizzou, colloquially), Heather Tearney and Deb Sutton have been busily preparing for the third annual ShowMe Writers Masterclass to take place on October 28 and 29 in partnership between the Columbia Writers Guild and Mizzou Publishing.

The Masterclass will feature presentations and workshops from over 20 experts and authors including fiction writer and writing professor Trudy Lewis; award-winning filmmaker and former Program Director for the Chicago International Film Festival Susan Mroz; author and nonfiction professor Dinty W. Moore; filmmaker and animator Meghann Artes; author and teacher Maurice Broaddus; playwright, screenwriter, and actor Jim Henry; Nehmen-Kodner owner and designer Peggy Nehmen, and Editwright owner and editor Andrew Doty in addition to literary agents, a PitchFest, and round tables on topics like international perspectives, people of color, LGBTQ, and persons with disabilities.

Topics covered will include editing, poetry, playwriting/screenwriting, organic characterization, book design, writing mysteries, working with a children's book illustrator, marketing panel, sci-fi/fantasy, and more, so there’s something for everyone.

Don’t miss this massive opportunity to spend a weekend learning about every aspect of writing and publishing. Learn more and register at showmewriters.com, or check out the Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram pages. Early bird pricing ends today, August 31!

Monday, August 7, 2017

2 Ways to Get 10% Off Editing

10% off. Period.

This Wednesday, August 9, come visit the Editwright table at the St. Louis Publishers Association’s Service Provider Showcase. The Showcase is free and open to the public and will feature 15 publishing service providers, including editors, designers, book coaches, publishers, and printers. At this showcase, Andrew Doty will be giving out editing advice AND coupons for 10% off any purchase! Even if you can’t make it to the Showcase in person, you can participate online. Here are two ways to snag a 10% discount:

Thursday, July 13, 2017

Two Freebies and a Workshop from Judith Briles

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If you're a writer near St. Louis, don't miss these two valuable freebies and an important workshop:
  1. Friday, July 14 at 6pm Central: call into a FREE teleconference with "The Book Shepherd" Dr. Judith Briles! Ask her anything about publishing, and she'll put her decades of publishing expertise to work for you! At 6pm on Friday, July 14, call (712) 775-7270 and enter access code 405547 to take advantage of this opportunity. PLUS:
  2. EVERYONE who calls in will get FREE access to an educational Author U video. (Why wouldn't you call in???)
  3. In St. Louis on July 22, Judith Briles will lead an intense workshop for authors: Jedi Book Marketing. Time is running out to register. Go to stlouispublishers.org/event-2535870 now and sign up while there are still seats available!
Take advantage of Dr. Judith Briles's free offers and great advice. On Friday, July 14 at 6pm Central, call in to Dr. Briles's free teleconference, ask questions about publishing, and get answers AND a free webinar video from Author U — and on July 22, join Dr. Briles in St. Louis for Jedi Book Marketing!

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Gateway Con 2017


This year marks the first annual Gateway to Publishing Conference and Convention, or Gateway Con, hosted by the St. Louis Writers Guild at the Renaissance St. Louis Airport Hotel, June 16–18.

Gateway Con will feature an Author Hall and Book Fair free and open to the public, with tables from local and nationwide authors and publishers. The pay-to-enter Writer's Conference will include Master Classes, pitch sessions with nine agents and publishers, and 37 workshops and panels.

One of these workshops will be led by Editwright owner and editor Andrew Doty; other presenters include Ann Leckie, Eileen Dreyer, Jennifer Geist, and Claire Applewhite, among many others.

More information, including the conference schedule, map, and registration, is available at stlwritersguild.org/gatewaycon.html.

Thursday, May 25, 2017

Jedi Book Marketing Workshop with Dr. Judith Briles, July 22



Publishing expert Dr. Judith Briles, "The Book Shepherd," will be leading a special workshop for the St. Louis Publishers Association on July 22: "Jedi Book Marketing." And if you register before June 1, you'll be automatically entered to win a FREE one-hour consultation with Dr. Briles!

Dr. Briles will be teaching:

  • How to create a plan that’s a fit for your book and your buyer.
  • How to identify which social media platforms to use and which to dump.
  • Why and how to use the cyber town hall to position a book launch.
  • How to “ride the draft” of your competitors.
  • How to get your name out there and get recognized while keeping your sanity.
  • How to discover freebies that will tickle your book marketing fancy.
  • How to create branding that waves a flag to your buyers.
  • How being quirky can get followers to open your tweets, postings and blogs.
  • How your author profile can kill your book sales and how to fix it pronto.
  • Why authors should create a no-brainer newspaper.
  • Why QVC and The Shark Tank are important to all authors.
  • Why taking a contrarian position can soar media presence and book sales.
  • How to develop a social media network, making the most of community events.
  • How to resurrect a tired older book (and sometimes author).

Read more and register at stlouispublishers.org/event-2535870.

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Technical Difficulties: Contact Form

technical difficulties — contact form

Hello, this is Andrew Doty, owner of and editor at Editwright. I am absolutely mortified to announce today that an issue in the HTML of this website rendered the contact form on the Contact Page completely ineffectual on or around April 3, 2017. If you have attempted to use the contact form to send us a message within the last month, please accept my sincere apologies — your message was neither sent nor received, and there was no error message to tell either of us. The problem was found and fixed yesterday, May 2, 2017. If this has affected you and you can find it in your heart to forgive us, please try again. Thank you. 🙃

Monday, April 24, 2017

When Hiring a Full-time Editor Just Doesn’t Make Sense



Copyediting and proofreading are basic needs in publishing any kind of writing, and yet for many the costs of hiring copyeditors and proofreaders are just impractical. Staffing agency Robert Half recently published a salary guide which shows that starting wages in St. Louis are $42,075 for entry-level proofreaders (and up to $77,220 for experienced proofreaders) and $55,688 for copyeditors (and up to $106,920 for experienced copyeditors).

So if you need to publish lots of content every day, you could reasonably hire a novice editor for as little as $20–$30/hour. But if your business doesn’t publish enough content to hire a full-time editor, it clearly makes more sense to hire them for individual projects than to keep them on the payroll.

But hiring freelance editors for short-term projects can be complicated. After all, they need to earn a full-time living, and so they’re frequently busy working on multiple projects simultaneously, and you can never know whether the great freelancer you hired last time is going to be available next time —and properly vetting a new freelancer is (let’s face it) impossible for someone who isn’t an experienced editor themselves, not to mention it can be time-consuming even for a professional editor.

Editwright strives to solve these problems on both ends — hiring excellent, professional proofreaders and copyeditors, tested and proven to be the best, and providing expert project management to deliver affordable proofreading and copyediting to businesses without sacrificing quality or wasting time.