Every author needs an editor. No matter what you’re writing, no matter how great your prose is, having an editor is a must.
But hiring an editor can be complicated. Where do you find one? How do you figure out a working relationship? How do you know they really know what they’re talking about?
My friend JoEllen Nordstrom founded FirstEditing to make writers’ lives easier. She understood the importance of finding the right experienced editor to authors at all stages of their book and in their career, and she created a simple, elegant solution to connecting them.
I’m so grateful that FirstEditing has again joined the Women in Publishing Summit as a bronze sponsor. We love their company for creating a more connected world, and we appreciate their support!
What does FirstEditing do?
FirstEditing is a one-stop shop to connect writers with editors. Rather than needing to search out your own editor on the dozens of freelance websites out there, First Editing makes hiring the right person for your work simple.
But what really sets this company apart is that every editor on the team has been vetted – they’ve got the professional credentials, AND they can back it up. So you’re not just getting a self-proclaimed “expert,” but someone who’s been proven and screened to be an effective industry professional.
You can even get a certified story coach, who brings expertise on the 38 story elements to evaluate your novel. You’ll get actionable feedback on your story arc, structure, characters and so much more.
In addition to traditional editing, FirstEditing offers academic editing as well. This means they have subject matter experts with the verified educational credentials to help prep your work for journals, nonfiction publication and peer review. So even if your work isn’t fiction or creative nonfiction, you can still find an editor who can dig in and make sure your final work is as good as it can be.
What kind of author needs FirstEditing?
Any author in search of editing support will benefit from working with FirstEditing and their team of trained industry experts. No matter your genre of publication goals, every author deserves a great partner in a qualified, experienced editor. First Editing can make that happen for you.
How can I learn more about FirstEditing?
I’m excited to introduce you to JoEllen and her business at a FREE webinar titled “Your Editing Journey: How to Navigate Your Story Edit, Copy Edit and Professional Edit” on December 7 at 1pm EST – you can register by clicking right here, and we’ll send you a recording, if you can’t watch it live! She’ll be joined by ProWritingAid’s Lisa Lepki and Fictionary’s Kristina Stanley. You won’t want to miss it!
Growing an author email list is hard, but it’s also one of the most important things any indie author can do to impact success. So many methods require major investments and months of time to see results. But there’s one tool I recommend to my friends and clients that can make that tough job easier: BookFunnel. It’s a multi-purpose indie author tool that can move your email list forward without breaking the bank or demanding massive amounts of time.
Because I recommend it so often, I’m really excited to announce that BookFunnel will again be joining the 2022 Women in Publishing Summit as a Bronze Sponsor! Damon and his team add so much value to our Summit content – his sponsor session last year was a knockout! – and they have continued to turn out great results for our clients and friends over time.
What does BookFunnel do?
BookFunnel does a few different things that, when taken together, can help transform your author email list AND your sales:
BookFunnel gives you a place to send readers to check out an Advance Review Copy (ARC) of your book.
BookFunnel lets you create an all-in one sales landing page that you can customize with links to buy on Amazon, Apple Books, Barnes & Noble, Google Play and Kobo – AND with the ability to also link directly to your direct-sales website, to maximize your book profits.
BookFunnel allows you to store and create landing pages for your audiobook sales and giveaways as well.
BookFunnel connects you with other authors to share links to free copies of your book or even to the sales pages for your book through their special “group promotions.” (More on that in a minute!)
All you need to do is upload your interior files (for giveaways/newsletter promos) and cover, add some promotional text, set the links up and go. It’s an easy-to-use, straightforward site, no matter what your tech experience is.
While the landing pages are great, it’s the group promotions that make BookFunnel special. By bringing you together with other indie authors looking to expand their audiences, you create themed promotions giving away a copy of your ARC or finished book in exchange for each reader’s email. When every participating author shares the link with their own already-established newsletter list and social media audience, the promotion of ALL the books reaches hundreds – even thousands – or new potential readers every time. If you’ve done your job by getting a great book cover and writing a compelling hook for your promotional text, you’ll be growing your email list before you know it.
Promotions are usually themed around genre or subject matter, and you can create your own promotions, too! It could be for romance books, kids’ nonfiction books or books set in the South. Whatever you think will energize a community of readers to check out your promotion.
BookFunnel also offers sales promotions that work much the same way, but they direct anyone who clicks on your book to a sales page. These promotions can really have a big impact combined with a special sale price.
Of course, this isn’t the only way you can use BookFunnel to grow your email list. Damon blew our minds this summer with his suggestion to use it to host bonus material for your book. That short story about your characters celebrating the holidays? A prequel chapter you cut for length? An additional chapter to your nonfiction book reflecting on recent news development? You can send readers of your published work to BookFunnel to collect this cool, free bonus material and capture their email addresses for your list. It’s a genius workaround to the problem of not knowing how to get in touch with all those folks who read your book on Kindle Unlimited or buy it through other booksellers.
What kind of author is right for BookFunnel?
At the end of the day, I think BookFunnel is right for any indie author who’s ready to grow an email list! It is particularly good for authors in genre fiction (romance, mystery, scifi & fantasy), but every genre has active promotions happening at any given time!
How can I learn more about BookFunnel?
Check out their most recent webinar with us belowand head to their website to see how they can help you grow your email list! Click here to visit their site.
When I began my own journey in publishing, I really sought out women as mentors. I wanted to connect with other women in this industry and see how they juggled it all. I can say that meeting Kathy Meis, the CEO of Bublish, was a stroke of luck that truly changed my path. Thanks to her mentorship, I grew in knowledge and confidence, and began to develop the business that has brought me here today.
In fact, in many ways, the Women in Publishing Summit was due to her – and to all the women who took the time out of their own career in writing and publishing to mentor me and share their knowledge. It gave me a passion to do the same for other women.
It’s why I founded the Women in Publishing Summit.
And it’s also why I am so pleased to announce that Bublish is joining us at the Women in Publishing Summit once more as a Bronze Sponsor.
What does Bublish do?
Bublish is a full service publishing platform with an important and innovative twist: it has the marketing built in!
So many self-publishing companies are fine on the technical side of things. They’ll help you get your book ready in a perfectly serviceable way. But then they’ll leave the complex challenge of marketing to you and cash their check.
Bublish offers what Kathy calls a “publisher in a box,” and that’s exactly what it is: a one-stop shop to access all the tools that a big publishing house has without sacrificing your creative control or your ownership of your work.
Combine that publisher know-how with some of the industry’s best marketing tools, and you have a powerhouse tool, backed up by a company full of publishing professionals and experts, to help you take your book to the next level. With strong meta-data, market research and dynamic tools like their patented “Book Bubbles,” Bublish gets results.
What kind of author is right for Bublish?
If you want to retain control of your book’s creative vision AND its rights, but you don’t want to sacrifice the quality that comes with traditional publishing, Bublish is a great partner.
Bublish is also a great solution if you want to have control over your book’s marketing vision. Using their Book Bubbles – which are aesthetically pleasing, endlessly customizable and easy to plug-and-play into the Bublish community to spread your book’s buzz – is just one of the ways Bublish integrates powerful marketing tools.
How can I learn more about Bublish?
You can find out more about Bublish and see if they’re right for YOUR book by joining us for a FREE webinar on book distribution on November 3, 2021. We’ll send a recording along to everyone who registers, so if you can’t make the live session, no worries! Just click right here to learn about Bublish AND how you can maximize your book’s potential and position it to succeed in wholesale and retail channels!
I don’t think anyone who found her way to the Women in Publishing Summit blog is going to be shocked to hear that “writing is hard.” It’s one of those things that we take for granted. That it’s an art that takes practice, honing, sharpening. And as women, we so often find ourselves short on time or space to do that work. When so much of the unpaid labor of having a family and keeping a home running falls on us, how can we have the freedom to create, too?
That’s why I appreciate the people behind ProWritingAid, a company that takes the mission of improving writing seriously, and, in creating a successful, practical system to help authors do that, they’ve lifted up so many women’s voices.
I’m also so grateful that they’ve once again committed to support women authors in another way: by joining us as a Silver Sponsor for the 2022 Women in Publishing Summit.
ProWritingAid’s revolutionary product creates better books – I know because I use it myself! Here’s why!
What does ProWritingAid do?
ProWritingAid is a platform that offers a world-class grammar checking AND style checking, so your writing – be it business writing, creative writing, academic writing or anything else – follows the rules for what “good writing” looks like. ProWritingAid then goes beyond that by offering in-depth reporting to help you understand how you write.
In other words, ProWritingAid lets you know when you’re breaking a good writing rule, and it also tells you how often you use a given word, phrase or even sentence structure. The reports go deep into helping you unpuzzle your own authorial style. It helps keep your writing clean AND interesting.
You can use ProWritingAid in combination with other writer’s products like Scrivener and Fictionary, as well as within all major word processing programs. You can even add it as a Chrome plug-in so you can use it to write better emails. It’s an easy-to-use product that’s like having a writing coach right in your laptop!
In addition to the practical help this program can give any writer, the ProWritingAid community is a highly engaged and deeply knowledgeable one. Their paid course community gives authors valuable training on a wide variety of topics in the industry – just one more way ProWritingAid helps every author develop!
You don’t need to be writing the Great American Novel to benefit from this platform. The grammar and style checking can work magic on your business emails, your sales copy and more. We especially recommend that all our clients use it for things like newsletters and blog posts to keep them on track in terms of precision and voice.
But the impact that ProWritingAid can have on your book is huge: there aren’t a lot of opportunities to get real insight into your writing as you’re working on your draft. It’s a game-changer for writers in any genre and in any stage of their career.
How can I learn more about ProWritingAid?
Check out the ProWritingAid website to find out how they can help you become a better writer – click right here to learn more!
When it comes to choosing partners for the Women in Publishing Summit, we are so lucky to have so many companies who share our values stepping up to support women authors.
And this year we’re luckier than usual because one of my favorite colleagues in this industry, Michelle Vandepas, has stepped up with her publishing house, GracePoint Publishing, to become our very first Platinum Sponsor!
People who’ve attended the Summit before will remember Michelle for her thoughtful presentations on publishing topics which marry her decades of publishing experience to create a book that sells with her deeply rooted passion for authentic, meaningful connection with her clients. Her whole business model truly embodies the Women in Publishing Summit ethos: “Empower. Encourage. Support.”
But even if you’ve heard Michelle speak at the Summit, in her TedX talk, or elsewhere, you might not know about GracePoint Publishing — so here’s your chance to learn more about them, and see if they’re right for your book!
What does GracePoint Publishing do?
GracePoint is a traditional publishing house that knows that traditional publishing just isn’t right for everyone. They have a big team dedicated to finding the path that works for you and your book. That means they publish books directly AND offer a partnership publishing route. They even have support for true self-publishing clients, if that’s what you need.
When you choose GracePoint, no matter what route to publishing is right for you, you work with a team of experts who will consult with you every step of the way, so your book achieves both your creative vision AND your benchmarks for success.
GracePoint can work with you from the jump, helping you write and edit, all the way through to building your marketing strategy. Whether you need a ghostwriter, a developmental edit or a branding consult, they have someone on their team to help. They offer author coaching, if you need some help in your creative process. And one big benefit that I really love: they can help with distribution – a confusing and expensive proposition for so many indie authors, I know.
GracePoint’s work stretches beyond your book – they know that there are all kinds of ways that today’s creatives grow their profile. If you’re looking for PR support, help developing online classes and opportunities for speaking engagements, GracePoint does that, too. They even have an in-house production studio that can create audiobooks and podcasts in support of your book or business.
This is all important stuff when it comes to choosing your publisher: GracePoint Publishing’s soup-to-nuts approach means you’ll never have to worry about starting from scratch with someone who doesn’t know your book or your story. You’ll be able to keep the momentum going through your book launch and WELL beyond it, to make sure your book isn’t just sitting in a warehouse someplace.
Choosing GracePoint means choosing an activeparticipant in your book’s success.
What kind of author is right for GracePoint Publishing?
If you’re a leader, a teacher or a creative, GracePoint might be the perfect home for your book. The company was founded with a goal to “give voice to the voiceless,” and that’s been a big part of their mission over the years.
Some common genres that GracePoint has published include self-help, business, human design, channeled work, fantasy, fiction, physical therapy, spirituality, LGBTQ+, devotions, and SO much more. What’s most important to them is to maintain the author’s authentic voice and vision, and to ensure high quality, professional books that will find their perfect readers. Michelle has published over 1000 books in her career, so whatever your genre, she and her team have worked with someone in your shoes before!
How can I find out more about GracePoint Publishing?