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?
JoEllen Nordstrom founded FirstEditing to make writers’ lives easier. She understood the importance of finding the right editor for authors at all stages of their book and careers. She created FirstEditing as a simple, elegant solution to connecting them.
I’m so grateful that FirstEditing has again joined the Women in Publishing Summit as a Silver sponsor. We love their company for creating a more connected world, and we appreciate their support!
What does FirstEditing do?
FirstEditing provides professional Editing Services for fiction and nonfiction writers. They have served over 50,000 authors since 1994!
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 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.
Their editors are certified story coaches, bringing 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?
Head to the FirstEditing website to learn more about the services they provide for authors. Be sure to take advantage of their special offer:
Get 25% OFF Editing: Receive a one-time 25% OFF Editing coupon valid for any service purchased before December 31, 2024. Lock in your price today! Plus register to Win a FREE Developmental Edit of your book worth up to $1000!
Come meet JoEllen Nordstrom and ask all of your questions at the Women in Publishing Summit!
We're excited to announce that Ingram Spark is joining us as the platinum sponsor for our 2024 Women in Publishing Summit.
IngramSpark is an award-winning independent publishing platform that offers authors and independent publishers access to trade-quality print books, ebooks, and global distribution.
Paige Allen is the Director of IngramSpark and a brand and marketing strategist developing innovative channels for content delivery. She partners with companies and executives to sharpen their professional operations, define their brand identity, and engage audiences for maximum conversion. Paige is passionate about helping people and connecting companies to their right consumer. In addition to her extensive PR and marketing experience, Paige is a trained Sweet Adelines International, an a cappella barbershop singer, and member of Metro Nashville Chorus.
What does Ingram Spark do?
In short, Ingram Spark offers:
Formats: EPUB ebooks, paperbacks, and hardcovers are available in many trim sizes, interior colors, papers, and bindings.
Global distribution: availability to over 40,000 retailers in-person and online, including Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and independent bookstores and libraries worldwide
Free Education: free resources to help you publish successfully The first step is to create an account. What you need to complete the process:
Credit card to keep on file in your secure account (can be changed at any time or others added)
Tax ID number (because as a publisher, you are also considered a business owner)
Banking information or PayPal information (US) (for direct deposit of what you earn for every book sale)
Once your account is activated, you can login and upload a book; this is when you enter all of the relevant information about your title.
Title setup is free, and revisions cost $25.00 per file after the first 60 days of your title being approved for printing. Revisions are free within the first 60 days. A Market Access Fee of 1% of your list price will be applied to any sales through our distribution channels.
IngramSpark also offers distribution for eBooks! IngramSpark ebook channels now include subscriptions, libraries, and more! Your ebooks can be available in more places and more ways, including lending services. Retailers and libraries include iBookstore, Kobo, Kindle, Barnes & Noble, Hoopla, EBSCO, OverDrive, Follett, and many more; That’s millions of potential readers accessing your ebook from anywhere.
What kind of author needs Ingram Spark?
Ingram Spark serves professionals in the publishing industry at any point, authors and independent publishers, beginner, intermediate, and advanced and genre doesn't matter! We believe that every author needs Ingram Spark. Regardless of where you are on your author journey, Ingram Spark can provide the insights and resources you need to help further your career. Their efforts in providing various forms of distribution for authors is extraordinary, so we highly suggest you research Ingram Spark to find out more.
The Women in Publishing Summit is a place where writers, authors, and publishing enthusiasts gather to learn and grow. With workshops led by industry leaders and experts, this event offers a wealth of knowledge and opportunities for those looking to improve their skills and advance their careers. This year, several members of the Women in Publishing Summit team are excited about attending a number of workshops that will help them to achieve their goals and gain valuable insights.
Raewyn says “I am always on the lookout for ways to help my children navigate the world and understand some of the more challenging and difficult topics.” That's why she is excited for “Writing Scary Topics for Fiction In Ways That Educate and Empower Children” workshop. As a marketing expert, she understands the power of storytelling and believes that by learning from published authors who specialize in writing about these topics for children, she can gain valuable insights on how to use books to help her own children grow and develop. She is eager to discover new resources and strategies for educating her children in a way that is both informative and empowering.
Mandi, one of our expert social media managers, is looking forward to attending Julie Broad's workshop “5 Tips To Write A Book With Marketing In Mind.” She hopes to be able to learn how to sell her book before even starting to write it, making it appealing to readers and increasing the chances of book sales and landing speaking gigs. She is confident that this workshop will provide her with the necessary tools and knowledge to weave marketing into her initial planning stages. Previously, she has struggled with the marketing aspect of her projects and books but is optimistic that this workshop will help her overcome this obstacle.
Lauren Udoh is eager to attend the workshop “Working Together: The Ghostwriting and Collaborative Writing Process.”. As an Executive Assistant, she is fascinated by the process of bringing a story to life through collaboration and is interested in learning more about how the relationship between the author and the ghostwriter works. Lauren believes that ghostwriters play a crucial role in helping people share their stories and is excited to hear all the details of this dynamic collaboration from E. Danielle, who has worked with numerous authors to bring their stories to life. She is eager to learn more about the behind-the-scenes process and how this relationship can help bring stories to life.
Pam is excited about attending Emily Enger’s session on “Minimalist Marketing”. This session aligns perfectly with Pam's goal of simplifying things this year, and she's eager to learn more about the minimalist approach to marketing. Pam believes that quality is more important than quantity, and she's looking forward to learning how to apply this principle to her marketing efforts.
Whether you are a seasoned writer or just starting out, the Women in Publishing Summit offers something for everyone. From workshops on writing scary topics for children to marketing and ghostwriting, there is no shortage of opportunities for growth and learning. Join the Women in Publishing Summit team and attend the workshops that interest you.
Get your ticket today and start your journey towards becoming a better writer and publishing professional.
The Women in Publishing Summit is back and better than ever! This year’s lineup of workshops is packed with insightful and valuable sessions that cater to writers, editors, marketers, and small business owners alike. From passive income and lead generation to writing about personal trauma, this summit has something for everyone. Here are some of the workshops our team is most excited about.
Pam, our community manager, is looking forward to Jen Ruiz’s session, Generate Passive Income And Leads For Your Business On Autopilot With Your Book. As someone who runs their own small business, Pam has often considered writing a book related to it. This session appears to be the ideal one for someone looking to incorporate a book into their existing business. She is also intrigued by Holly DiBella McCarthy's session Branding Supplements And How To Create A Value Added Book Resource Guide For Teachers And Parents. With 7 years of experience as a teacher, Pam is curious about the process of creating a resource guide to accompany a book. She has always valued the use of books in the classroom and continues to use them at home with her children.
Vanessa, the Women in Publishing Summit Online Coordinator, is also looking forward to Jenna Avery's session on Daily Writing Made Easy. In this session, participants will learn how to design a writing practice that fits their life, how to get back on track when they fall off course, and tips and tricks to keep writing and bring their books and screenplays to completion. Vanessa is interested in this session as she believes consistency and habits are key to achieving one's goals. She is especially looking forward to learning about methods to get back on track and tips to quiet the inner gremlins that can often hold writers back.
Mandi, a social media manager, is eager to attend Krista Hanley's workshop “Ready To Tell: Writing About Your Past Trauma.” As a survivor of trauma, she recognizes the challenges of writing personal experiences but hopes to learn the elements and practices of trauma-informed writing. With guidance and prompts from a published writer, she hopes to overcome the silence and uncertainty surrounding her trauma and write about it in an empowered and transformative manner. This workshop offers a unique opportunity for her to explore the power of writing in a safe environment and connect with others who share her passion and experiences.
Cayce LaCorte, Publishing Assistant, is eagerly anticipating the upcoming session “Plotting for Pantsers” by Jacci Turner. As Cayce describes, “I am somewhere in between a plotter and a pantser; a Plantser if you will.” During this session, participants will learn about the three crucial components of plot development: Goals, Motivation, and Conflict. These elements help to answer the What, Why, and Why Not of a story, and to ensure that the plot is driven by strong motivation and meaningful conflict.
The Women in Publishing Summit is the perfect opportunity for anyone looking to improve their writing skills, learn about marketing and business strategies, and connect with like-minded individuals. Whether you’re a seasoned writer or just starting out, this summit is sure to bring you valuable insights and knowledge to further your writing journey.
The Women in Publishing Summit is here again and the team members can’t wait to share with you the most highly anticipated workshops. Whether you’re a writer, editor, or marketer, this summit has something for everyone. From the antagonist’s journey in a story to the secrets of best-selling self-help books, this summit is sure to bring you valuable insights and knowledge to further your writing career.
Here’s what some of our team members are most excited about:
Cayce LaCorte, Publishing Assistant is looking forward to “The Antagonistic Beats of a Story” by Judy L. Mohr. This workshop is perfect for those who love craft workshops. Cayce shares, “I’m a big fan of craft workshops and this seems like a really interesting one because we cover so much in the writing craft about your protagonist’s journey, story arc, etc. that we have fully covered that story when we write. I love that this session is talking about the antagonist’s journey. We all love a hero but give me a good villain any day.”
Lauren Udoh is looking forward to “What first-time authors need to know about editing” by Sandra Wendel. This workshop is perfect for first-time authors who want to know the value of editing. Lauren shares, “I am excited to attend Sandra Wendel’s workshop on editing, because editing is the secret sauce in having your book move from good to great. What do first-time authors need to know about editing? They need to know the value of it and I’m looking forward to hearing what Sandra has to share.”
Raewyn our marketing expert is highly excited about “8 Secrets of Best-Selling Self-Help Books.” As a self-help bookworm who is passionate about the genre, she is interested in learning the secrets behind the best-selling self-help books and believes it will help her bring her own self-help book ideas to life.
The Women in Publishing Summit is the perfect opportunity for writers, editors, and marketers to take their skills to the next level. With workshops covering a wide range of topics, everyone is sure to find something that they are passionate about. We hope that you found our team members’ insights on the workshops they are most excited about helpful, and we look forward to sharing their experiences after the summit.
Are you a writing enthusiast looking to improve your skills and knowledge? Then the Women in Publishing Summit is the place to be! The summit is an opportunity for women in the industry to come together and learn from industry leaders and experts. We are thrilled to share our top picks from some of our team members!
Pam, our Community Manager, is looking forward to so many of the exciting workshops at the Women in Publishing Summit. The first one she's eagerly anticipating is Cynthia Fails’ session on “The Impact of Imposter Syndrome”. Pam recognizes the challenge she faces with imposter syndrome and believes this session will provide valuable insights into identifying its impact and ways to retrain her internal dialogues around the subject.
Vanessa, the Women in Publishing Summit Online Coordinator, has selected a few sessions that have caught her attention at the summit. The first one is Joni B. Cole's session on “Good Naked: Exposing the Myths and Popular Practices that Undermine Your Creativity.” Vanessa finds this session intriguing as she feels like she is not a “real writer” and thinks that this session could boost her confidence and motivation.
Another session that Vanessa has picked is Melanie Votaw's talk on “8 Secrets of Best-Selling Self-Help Books.” As someone who reads many self-help books, Vanessa is interested in learning more about the genre and avoiding common mistakes made by beginning authors. This session promises to give insights into the key elements that make a self-help book successful.
Cayce, our Publishing Assistant is looking forward to “How to Avoid the Book Marketing Money Pit” by Belinda K. Griffin. Marketing is a “necessary evil” for authors, and understanding what works and what doesn't is key to successful marketing. “No one marketing plan will work for all books,” says Cayce, “so I'm looking forward to learning about some of the different ad options so I can figure out what will work for me.” Cayce is eager to learn about some of the different advertising options available to authors, so they can avoid falling into the “book marketing money pit.”
The Women in Publishing Summit offers a wealth of knowledge and opportunities for growth. Whether you are a seasoned writer or just starting out, there is something for everyone! With so many fantastic workshops to choose from, it's no wonder the Women in Publishing Summit team members are so excited about this year's event.