• Interview: Christy Mann

    Today I’m interviewing Christy Mann, author of some seriously scary stories. Here’s a bit about her in her own words. I’m Christy. I’m old enough to know better about most things but still young enough to do them anyway. I’m single as well, so I actually get to do them. I have 3 adult children, and I’m from Phoenix, Arizona originally. I currently reside in West Monroe, Louisiana with my daughter, her girlfriend, 2 dogs, 3 cats, a guinea pig, and about 20 fish. I spend my days clickety-clacking on a keyboard, writing full-time. When I’m not writing, I spend my time meeting people and getting to know what they…

  • Super Saturday: Krys Maiorca

    Today, we have photographer and visual designer, Krys Maiorca! She takes author photos, and has done cover design in the past. Here’s a bit about her in her own words. My name is Kristian Maiorca and I was a reader before I was a photographer.  I started writing in middle school and have been writing on and off since then. I actually used to get in trouble during high school for staying up too late writing.  When I graduated high school I turned my interests into other things, like graphic design and photography.  It was very natural for me to turn my interests for reading, writing, and NaNo into wanting…

  • An Ashwords Design

    Friendly Neighborhood Friday: Theodore Ashford

    Today, we have a designer, Theodore Ashford of Ashwords Design! Theodore is a visual artist whose work helps authors promote their books in a number of ways. He’s an award-winning author himself, so he knows what an author needs. Theodore Ashford is a writer and designer who is obsessed with the art of words. That love has led him into a path of typography and design, where he has a blast doing cover design and book photo shoots for other authors. The nice thing about book photoshoots is that books don’t get uncomfortable posing for a camera for long hours and don’t need a buffet. Theo has also worked as an editor for…

  • Fix Your Damn Book James Osiris Baldwin

    Friendly Neighborhood Friday: James Osiris Baldwin

    “Wow” is what authors want people to say about their books. But we have to fix them first, because first drafts, and even second ones, tend to be more “ow” than “wow.” And that’s where James Osiris Baldwin and his book come in handy. What book, you ask? Fix Your Damn Book, of course! James is also an editor for hire. Here’s a bit more about him. Dragon Award-nominated author James Osiris Baldwin is a transgender man from Australia who writes gritty LGBT-inclusive, dark fantasy and science fiction. He was the former Contributing Editor for the Australian Journal of Dementia Care and has also worked as an editor and website manager…

  • Matrix Website

    Friendly Neighborhood Friday: Grace Snoke

    Hello! For Friendly Neighborhood Friday, we have Grace Snoke. She does something that helps authors and all kinds of people. Web design and SEO optimization. Grace is also an author, so she understands what we need in that department. Here’s a bit about her in her own words. I’m a 34-year-old corporate journalist who enjoys the past times of gaming, reading, writing and jewelry making. My day job involves handling internal communication, maintaining websites and writing a couple of quarterly newsletters for the same Fortune 500 company, and handling a plethora of tech issues as well as some of the company’s (who I am employed by) website and social media.…

  • Lemons to Lemonade Editing

    Friendly Neighborhood Friday: Lemons to Lemonade Editing Services

    It’s Friendly Neighborhood Friday again and I’m here with Rachel Lemons. She’s an editor, something NaNoWriMo participants will need in the next few months. Here’s a bit about Rachel’s business. Lemons to Lemonade Editing Services is run by Rachel Lemons, who is a novelist as well as a proofreader. If you are a writer looking to self-publish your work and are in need of an editor, Lemons to Lemonade Editing Services is for you! Without further ado or a don’t, here’s the interview! D.R.- Coffee or tea? R.L.- Coffee is life. D.R.- Dogs or cats? R.L.- I have fifteen cats, so I had better say cats if I value my life. They are staring…

  • Sarah Anderson Self Portrait

    Friendly Neighborhood Friday: Sarah Anderson

    Today, we have Sarah Anderson! She’s an awesome designer, reviewer, and skyentist. Here’s a bit about her in her own words. Hi! I’m Sarah, and I’m studying Astrophysics in the South of France. Graphic design has always been a passion of mine, and I’m using this to fund my way through university. I first started designing book covers as a hobby, and it took off from there. I love helping people take their ideas and make them real, taking manuscripts and making them really feel like books. Authors will often ask me for bookmarks, banners, and other designs, and I’m always happy to oblige! I learn a lot from every…

  • You Need a Proofreader

    Friendly Neighborhood Friday with Keri Rozansky

    Today’s interview is with Keri Rozansky, who knows exactly what to do when your draft hands you melons that look like this one. She’s the woman behind Blank Page Writing, an editing company. Here’s a bit about her. Keri Rozansky tailors her services to the client’s needs. She has a rich and varied experience in writing and editing English language pieces. For over 20 years she has been writing everything from short stories to blog posts and news articles, to full-length manuscripts. As an editor she has worked on blog posts, news articles, and both fiction and non-fiction full-length manuscripts. Keri holds a Bachelor’s degree in English Literature and Language from Grand Valley…

  • Ellie Mack Editor

    Friendly Neighborhood Friday: Edited By Ellie Mack

    Yes, my friends. When writers draft, we need to do the above. Not only that, but we need more people to look at our words and edit. All. The. Words. But editors only have so much time, and none of those blue boxes which are bigger on the inside (although if you know of a Timelord Editors, I would love to interview them). Anyway, because of the limitations on the time-space continuum, it’s a good thing multiple people have decided to offer editing services. Especially people like Ellie Mack, who I just interviewed! Here’s a little bit about Ellie. Ellie Mack received her BS in cartography from Southeast Missouri State…

  • Michelle Dunbar Developmental Editor

    Friendly Neighborhood Friday with Michelle Dunbar!

    Unleash the dragon on your manuscript! Michelle is an editor, providing meticulous and amazing editing. Here’s a bit about her: Michelle Dunbar is a writer, reader and developmental editor of science fiction and fantasy. She assists authors from the very first draft and up to (but not including) copyediting. She holds a BA (Hons) in English Literature and is an entry level member of the Society for Editors and Proofreaders (UK). She has been a freelance editor since August 2015, but editing since June 2014 (prior to which she worked (online) as an intern for an overseas (American) independent publisher for one year. I know a few of her clients and they tell…