IWSG, Time Crunch, and Susan Kaye Quinn helps Indies

Hi, fellow insecure writers. It’s time to air my writing insecurities and commiserate with others in the same boat. I hope mine isn’t sinking. But first, I’d like to thank Alex J. Cavanaugh for creating the Insecure Writer’s Support Group.

It’s not that I haven’t had successes this year. I have as a professional editor. Now most of my writing time goes to editing because I have a good eye for spotting errors and a Chicago Manual of Style guide for everything else. A bunch of my business comes from editing picture books, most of which rhyme. Those are fun. But lately, almost half of my editing business has arrived thanks to Susan Kaye Quinn who wrote the YA Mindjack SF novels, all of which have done extremely well in sales. I loved them so much I proofread while I read to review and ended up copy editing the last book.

Susan is not only a real rocket scientist, but also a huge help to indie authors. There’s a giveaway on her site right now for her series, along with an indie basics series on where to publish, formatting (the easy and hard ways), and this week she explains how to track sales.  Go read her page for writers and you won’t regret it. Then read her books too, and you’ll know why they’ve sold so well. Just click the picture below, and it will take you to Susan’s website. You can get the paperbacks or ebooks.

Back to IWSG. Since I love editing, my only complaint is the time crunch. If I could skip doing my taxes, I wouldn’t have had to turn down jobs due before April 15th. Sigh. So my challenge is figuring out how to divide my time between paid editing, critiques for my local and online critique partners, writing my own books, and doing yucky stuff like taxes and housecleaning.

Now I’ve resorted to editing on baby laptop during my book walks around the block (or inside my house if the weather is nasty). My walks are usually reserved for reading to review books and for critiques. I still love reading and always will. Otherwise, I wouldn’t edit. When I was a kid, I read while sleeping. Sort of. Sometimes I hid under my bed to read. Most of the time it was more like this:

If I could edit while I slept, I’d do that too. Well, I do edit when I sleep, but when I wake up there’s no real work done. Same goes for reading. And writing. Who wants to design a brain interface so I can make real use of my down time? Any of you SF writers? You’ll make a million and I’ll be your first customer. Now, tell me what’s your biggest challenge this year?

Also, if you’re a children’s book writer of picture books up through middle grade, please let me know if you’re interesting in joining an author coop. It’s free except for joint giveaway promotions once a quarter. There seem to be plenty of groups for YA writers, but I haven’t found one for us. Thanks!

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Indie author-friendly freelance editor, children's book blogger for picture books through YA, kid lit, SF/fantasy lover with special fondness for middle grade, pun-loving SCBWI member, meter-maid for poetry and rhyming picture books.


  1. Susan is just so great! She’s one of the first writers I met online a few years back, and the first author who asked me to review a book. So awesome you edit while merely reading for her. Cool!

    • You are right. I actually met Susan by winning some swag during her first book launch and begging for her book instead. She agreed but seemed surprised at how excited I sounded. I was like a kid in a candy store. Can you blame me?

  2. My suggestion is to concentrate on your online critique partners and let your husband do the housecleaning. Of course, I may be a bit biased here. 🙂 If you’re feeling reaaly pressed for time, perhaps it would be better if you skipped reading my IWSG post for the month.

    You’re very good at editing, BTW, and I hope that your editing business continues to grow.

  3. I’m so glad your business is doing well! I’ve got a shout out to you today on my blog! 🙂

  4. Glad to hear that you have lots of editing work! I can imagine that it takes a lot of time- but it sounds like you love it. 🙂 I used to read under the covers all the time as a kid.

    • Hey, Steph, somewhere there must be a writers conference where we can all huddle under the covers with flashlights and read as an exercise in creative writing, LOL! I know that reading time helps me as an editor too.

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