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.

Monday, April 3, 2017

How to Publish Your Own Book: Workshop April 22


If you're interested in learning how to self-publish a book, join Andrew Doty, Peggy Nehmen, Warren Martin, and Bob Baker at St. Louis Community College – Meramec on April 22, 2017 for an information-packed four-hour workshop: "How to Publish Your Own Book: What You Need to Know."