Ask the Editor Part 1

Ask the EditorAll this month I’m running Ask the Editor posts—questions from my readers. So if you haven’t already submitted your questions, be sure to include them in the comments below and I’ll get them answered before the month is over.

Let’s dive right in.

What are the different kinds of editing services normally provided and what can we expect from each? [Read more…]

How You Can Save Money in the Editing Process

save money using style sheetWe all know hiring a professional editor can be an expensive proposition. So finding ways to help your editor save time in editing your book is a good thing.

I can’t take credit for today’s idea. I learned this tool from author and publisher Mark Gilroy at a Heart of America Writers Conference I attended several years ago.

It’s a tool every writer should consider using because it’s tremendously useful for your editor and can save the editor a lot of time and work.

What is that tool? [Read more…]

Yossel the Dreamer: A Book 93 Years in the Making

Yossel the Dreamer

Co-edited by Debra L. Butterfield and Sheldon Friedman. Cover design by Jennifer Lauren Lee.

When I first started working on this project I knew 3 things:

      • Dr. Joseph Friedman was legally blind and needed help writing his book.
      • He was 91 years old at the time.
      • And he won an Emmy (Yes, the statuette is very impressive).

I didn’t know it would take 2.5 years to complete, but then how long does it take to write one’s autobiography with 93 years worth of living?

When we started, Dr. Friedman had no idea just how difficult the job would be. He planned to dictate his life events to me, have it edited and that would be that. But he found out there’s so much more to writing a book than that. 

He had 2 things he oft repeated that always brought a smile to my face. “No wonder it takes 6 years to write a book.” and “If I’d known I would someday write a book, I would have kept a diary.” His advice to everyone: Keep a diary. You might write a book one day.

For a man suffering with Alzheimer’s, his memory amazed me.

  • The grueling march across France with Patton’s Third Army, liberating the first concentration camp at Orhdruf, Germany, and knowing that had his parents not emigrated to America, he may very well have been a prisoner rather than a liberator.
  • Earning a Ph.D. after the war, and serving St. Joseph, Missouri, for 14 years as a podiatrist.
  • Then at the age of 42, chucking it all to follow his dream to the theatre. A man with determination and perseverance who played Avram on tour in Fiddler on the Roof for 2842 performances, and went on to film and televsion.

Along the way I learned about Dr. Joseph Friedman, a lot about writing a book, and that everyone should follow their dream

What did he do to win his Emmy? Sorry, you’ll have to read the book for the answer.

Available now at Amazon and Barnes and Noble.

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