PublishHER Podcast Episode 120: What Should I Do Before I Research an Editor? with Jenny Hubert

PublishHER Podcast Episode 120: What Should I Do Before I Research an Editor? with Jenny Hubert

Fantasy editor Jenny Hubert dives into the world of genre-specific editing, guiding indie authors towards improved manuscript quality.

Jenny Hubert, a seasoned freelance editor and writer based in the New York City area, brings over nine years of expertise in the editing domain, underpinned by a degree in communications and writing. Her unparalleled experience includes editing numerous number one new releases on Amazon for fantasy authors, solidifying her reputation as a go-to professional in the indie author community. Jenny's commitment to assisting authors in refining their manuscripts is evident in her publication, “The Book Editor Matchmaker,” which offers comprehensive guidance on vetting and hiring a book editor. With a keen focus on developmental editing, line editing, copy editing, and proofreading, Jenny provides invaluable genre-specific insights and meticulous attention to detail, ensuring improved manuscript quality for indie authors. Her dedication to enhancing the editing process and elevating authors' work positions her as an indispensable resource for indie authors seeking expert guidance in the editing journey.

“Remember, your editor is your friend and your partner to help you get your book better, not to tear you down.” – Jenny Hubert

Navigate Different Types of Editing
The editing process isn't one-dimensional; it expands through various stages from developmental to copy editing. It's crucial for authors to understand these stages and their specific needs in each. Balancing between focusing on the big-picture elements of the story and the nitty-gritty details like grammar and punctuation can greatly enhance the final manuscript.

 

Key Takeaways

  • Master the Art of Editing for Publishing Success
  • Navigate the Different Types of Book Editing
  • Discover How to Find the Ideal Editor for Your Genre
  • Explore Top Resources for Finding Professional Editors

Memorable Moments:

00:00:25 – Importance of Editing in the Writing Process
Host Alexa and Jenny discuss the crucial role of editing in the journey of writing a book. They emphasize the importance of editing to ensure a final product that readers will love and adore.

00:01:50 – Journey to Becoming an Editor
Jenny shares her journey of becoming an editor, starting with a degree in communications and writing. She discusses how the demand for book editors surged during the pandemic, leading her to dive into fulfilling the need for authors.

00:04:24 – Understanding Types of Editing
Jenny explains the five main types of editing – manuscript critique, developmental editing, line editing, copy editing, and proofreading. She emphasizes the importance of knowing the order of these editing types and their impact on the writing process.

00:06:16 – Managing Author Expectations
Alexa and Jenny discuss the role of an editor in improving a book, highlighting that an editor's goal is to elevate the book rather than achieving perfection. They emphasize the need for manageable and achievable advice to avoid overwhelming authors during the editing process.

00:14:50 – Importance of Genre in Editing
Jenny Hubert emphasizes the importance of finding an editor who works within your genre. Knowing the difference between fiction and nonfiction, as well as understanding the subgenre, is crucial for effective editing.

00:16:16 – Understanding Subgenres
Jenny discusses the impact of subgenres on editing, using an example of a cozy fantasy. Understanding the subgenre allows for tailored advice to match the specific style and stakes of the story.

00:18:27 – Finding the Right Editor
Jenny recommends resources like the Editorial Freelancers Association and Reedsy for finding an editor. She also highlights the value of author referrals for identifying a suitable editor for a specific genre.

00:20:47 – Specialization in Genres
Jenny mentions her primary focus on fantasy, science fiction, contemporary, and historical fiction editing. She explains her decision to avoid editing romance due to lack of familiarity with the genre's tropes.

00:21:36 – Contacting Jenny Hubert for Editing
Jenny shares that authors can reach out to her through her website, jennyhubertedits.com, to inquire about her editing services. She prefers email correspondence for official communications.

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PublishHER Podcast Episode 119: Better Together: The Case For Community! with Alexa Bigwarfe

PublishHER Podcast Episode 119: Better Together: The Case For Community! with Alexa Bigwarfe

Publishing is inherently an empowering activity, enabling writers to share their unique stories, experiences, and insights with the world. However, the journey toward publication can be a complex and daunting one. The supportive ecosystem of a community can help authors navigate this terrain, providing tools, advice, and encouragement, thereby empowering them to see their dream turn into a reality.

Have you heard the myths about authors and publishing professionals having to go it alone in the industry? Myth #1: Collaboration is a sign of weakness. Myth #2: Success is only achieved through individual effort. Myth #3: Sharing knowledge and resources is a risk to one's own career. But what if I told you that we are better together? Stay tuned to discover the truth about mutual growth and success through collaboration.

“I just encourage you to find your community and to dig into it. Look in your state and your city and see if there are local writing groups and become a part of those. I'm telling you, it is life changing when you are surrounded by other people who get you, understand you, and can help you through this process.” – Alexa Bigwarfe

“Books matter. Words matter. Books are the staple of education. They are the staple of change. They transport us to places we can't go, travel. They help us know and understand people that are different from us. They teach us concepts. They inspire us. They change us, they heal us. They help us grow.”
-Alexa Bigwarfe

 

Key Takeaways

  • Learn the significance of community in publishing for mutual growth and success.
  • Harness the power of collaboration and support for enhanced industry impact.
  • Gain insights into the role of training, education, and networking in publishing success.
  • Explore the advantages of sharing resources in the dynamic publishing landscape.
  • Discover the compelling benefits of being part of a supportive publishing community.
  • Understand the pivotal role of community in publishing success.
  • Harness the transformative power of collaboration and support.
  • Elevate your skills through specialized training, education, and networking in publishing.
  • Embrace the advantages of sharing resources within the publishing industry.
  • Reap the exclusive benefits of being part of a thriving publishing community.

Memorable Moments:

00:03:34 – Benefits of Community
00:06:12 – Training and Professional Development
00:08:31 – Overcoming Impostor Syndrome
00:13:54 – Valuing Community and Support
00:15:14 – The Importance of Books and Words
00:16:13 – Impactful Words and Community
00:18:10 – Building Supportive Author Pods
00:18:56 – Positive Leverage in Community
00:21:53 – The Power of Finding Community

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  • Grab your ticket to the Women in Publishing Summit at womeninpublishingsummit.com to join the virtual event and access pre-conference events, post-conference events, and year-round offerings.
  • Share the podcast to help it reach more people and provide support to those who may benefit from the content.
  • Rate the podcast to help increase its visibility and reach a wider audience.
  • Check out upcoming events and join the Women in Publishing Summit community for monthly free webinars and other training at womeninpublishingsummit.com/events.
  • Join local writing groups in your state or city to find a community of like-minded individuals who can support you through your writing and publishing journey.

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PublishHER Podcast Episode 118: Enneagrams for Authors with Mary Adkins

PublishHER Podcast Episode 118: Enneagrams for Authors with Mary Adkins

In this episode of the PublishHer Podcast hosted by Alexa Bigwarfe, the focus is on exploring the Enneagram personality types and how understanding one's type can enhance their writing process. The guest, Mary Adkins, a writing coach and founder of the Book Incubator, shares insights into aligning writing goals with Enneagram types.

Mary Adkins is a writing coach and founder of The Book Incubator, a 12-month program to write, revise, and pitch your novel or memoir. She is author of the novels When You Read This (Indie Next Pick, “Best Book of 2019” by Good Housekeeping and Real Simple), Privilege (Today.com “Best Summer Read,” New York Post “Best Book of the Week”), and Palm Beach (recently named one of the New York Post’s “Best Books of 2021”). Her books have been published in 13 countries, and her essays and reporting have appeared in the New York Times, The Atlantic, Slate, and more.  A graduate of Yale Law School and Duke University, she helps aspiring authors finish their books with joy and clarity. You can apply for The Book Incubator by going to apply.maryadkinswriter.com.

You don't have to have hours and hours a day to write a book. You can finish a draft in a season. People are doing it. – Mary Adkins


Utilize Enneagram Types

Understanding and implementing Enneagram types in writing can be a game-changer. This personality assessment tool can tap into powerful insights about a writer's unique motivations, fears, and desires, and influence their writing style. By aligning their work with their Enneagram type, writers can propel their talent to its full potential and craft a highly authentic narrative.

Enneagrams for Authors
In this episode, Alexa and Mary discuss various Enneagram types, their motivations, and how writers can tailor their writing goals based on their personality traits. Mary encourages aspiring authors to embrace their unique approaches and dispels the notion that extensive time is required to write a book. She also emphasizes the importance of finding the right writing schedule that aligns with one's lifestyle.

 

Key Takeaways

  • Understanding Enneagram Types for Writers: Mary Adkins, a writing coach, discusses how knowing your Enneagram type, a personality assessment tool, can help writers understand their motivations and navigate through challenges.
  • Working with Enneagram Types in Writing Goals: Mary explains how she helps writers set goals based on their Enneagram types. Different types may struggle with distinct challenges, and tailoring writing goals to individual personalities can enhance productivity.
  • Writing Goals Beyond Word Count: Mary suggests various writing goals beyond word count, such as page count, scene count, or finding pockets of time for writing. The goal is to align writing practices with an author's Enneagram type and lifestyle.
  • Encouragement for Aspiring Authors: Mary emphasizes that authors don't need extensive time to write a book. With the right goal-setting and understanding of their motivations, writers can complete a draft even in the midst of a busy life.
  • Book Incubator Program: Mary introduces her program, the Book Incubator, which helps writers finish their books and prepare them for pitching to agents. The Enneagram aspect is just one component of this comprehensive program.

Memorable Moments:

  • 00:00:08 – Introduction to the Enneagram and Writing Goals
  • 00:01:55 – The Journey to Becoming a Novelist
  • 00:09:05 – Understanding the Enneagram
  • 00:12:46 – Writing Goals Based on Enneagram Types
  • 00:14:26 – Enneagram Types and Writing Challenges
  • 00:19:02 – The Ambitious Achiever (Type Three)
  • 00:22:05 – Writing Goals and Personality Types
  • 00:25:37 – Handwriting Vs. Typing
  • 00:28:17 – Overcoming Writing Challenges
  • 00:29:22 – Pursuing Passions
  • 00:30:16 – Empowerment through Writing
  • 00:30:59 – Enneagram Test
  • 00:31:30 – Book Incubator Info

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PublishHER Podcast Episode 117: Book Marketing, Reach, & Building an Audience with Becky Robinson

PublishHER Podcast Episode 117: Book Marketing, Reach, & Building an Audience with Becky Robinson

The discussion between Alexa and Becky emphasizes strategies to create reach, using effective social media marketing, the importance of consistency and longevity in building an online audience, and the idea that book marketing is a long-term commitment.

The Reach Framework, introduced by Becky Robinson, highlights the role of a website, email marketing, and social media in achieving a broader reach. The message encourages authors to approach book marketing with a focus on making a meaningful difference with their ideas and connecting authentically with their audience over time.

Reach equals expanding audience plus lasting impact. You really want to have both sides, because it's not great to have a wider audience if you're not making a difference for them, if they're not invested in what you have to share, if you're not adding value for them.-Becky Robinson

In this episode, we discuss:

    • Definition of Reach: Reach is more than just having a larger audience. It includes expanding the audience plus creating a lasting impact.
    • Effective Strategies for Social Media Marketing:
    • Show up consistently on social media with value.
    • Understand the importance of moving your audience from social media to your website.
    • Building Online Presence:
    • Start early and be patient. Building an online audience takes time.
    • Consistency over time is crucial for building an audience.
    • Long-Term Approach to Book Marketing:
    • Book marketing is a long-term commitment, more like a daily commitment to something rather than a race with a finish line.
    • The Reach Framework:
    • The book “Reach: Create the Biggest Possible Audience for Your Message, Book, or Cause” introduces the Reach Framework, focusing on the importance of a website, email marketing, and social media.
    • Four Reach Commitments: Value, Consistency, Longevity, and Generosity.
    • Generosity in Marketing:
    • Generosity involves giving away valuable content, ideas, and time.
    • Amplifying marginalized voices and providing support for their messages is crucial.

Expand Your Reach As An Author

Does it sound familiar to struggle with book marketing as an author, despite following conventional advice? You may have been told to simply post more on social media or run generic ads, only to find that these efforts yield minimal results, leaving you frustrated and disheartened. But there's a better way to achieve your goal. Let's explore effective strategies to maximize your book's exposure, your online reach, and create a meaningful impact with your writing.

Key Takeaways

  • Mastering Book Marketing Strategies: Learn the essential tactics for maximizing book exposure and sales.
  • Capitalizing on Key Dates for Book Promotion: Uncover the power of leveraging significant dates for boosting book visibility and engagement.
  • Embracing the Four Book Reach Commitments: Discover the fundamental commitments that drive authorial reach and impact.
  • Cultivating Generosity in Book Marketing: Explore the significance of generosity in fostering meaningful connections and expanding book influence.
  • Crafting Reach for Making a Difference: Unveil the strategies for building online reach and creating a substantial impact with your writing.

Memorable Moments on Reach:

00:03:12 – Defining Reach
Becky defines book reach as expanding audience plus lasting impact. It's not just about a wider audience, but also making a difference for them and adding value.

00:06:12 – Long-Term Approach to Building an Online Presence
Building an online audience takes time and consistent effort. Starting early and focusing on providing value is essential. It's a marathon, not a sprint.

00:09:41 – Importance of Email Lists and Social Media
Social media helps build relationships and grow the audience, but it's important to drive traffic to a website and collect email addresses for long-term engagement. The email list is a valuable asset for authors.

00:12:57 – Book Marketing as a Lifelong Commitment
Book marketing is not about a single launch but a daily commitment to staying visible and engaging with the audience. Consistency over time is key to long-term book sales success.

00:15:25 – The Book Reach Framework for Online Presence
The guest shares insights on the reach framework, emphasizing the significance of a strong online presence, email marketing, and social media. The four reach commitments – value, consistency, longevity, and generosity – are outlined as essential for building audience and lasting impact.

00:21:51 – Amplifying Marginalized Voices in Publishing
The importance of amplifying marginalized voices in the publishing industry is highlighted. The guest discusses the challenge for individuals from marginalized communities and the privilege of being able to amplify others' voices. The focus is on making a bigger difference with the ideas and inspiration shared.

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