Pens and Proof

Why 3 Sets of Eyes are Better Than One

Tajah Ware and Tayler Otten join Pens & Proof as copy editors.

I’m so excited! I am beyond proud to announce the addition of two new copy editors to our team. The addition of Tajah Ware and Tayler Otten offers myriad benefits to our editing and ghostwriting clients. Higher Degree of Quality and Precision Having Ware and Otten as part of the Pens & Proof team means […]

No Time to Write Your Book? Interview-Style Ghostwriting Could Be the Answer

Interview-style ghostwriting helps entrepreneurs and business owners publish their book without writing it themselves.

You know you need to write a book. You can’t get it out of your head, but you don’t know where to start, or how to market and sell your book when it is published. Time, however, remains a challenge because your schedule is always jam-packed. Interview-style ghostwriting could be the answer. What is interview-style […]

Start Strong: Pre-Publication Marketing Strategies for Writers

Whew! You’re close to completing your book, and I know it has been a tough journey at times. Congratulations! Now comes the real work: To not just recoup your investment in writing, editing, and publishing your book, you need to market and sell it. Think of your book as your side hustle or, at the very […]

One Editor’s Definitions for the 4 Levels of Editing

If you’re diving into authorship, you need to know that not all editing is created equal. When your manuscript is ready for the next step in your publishing journey, understanding the different levels of editing will help you choose the right path forward for your book. 📖✨ Proofreading (Mechanics) Technically, proofreading is the final step […]

Choose Your Path: Traditional, Self, or Hybrid Publishing

When your book is ready, you have a choice: traditional, self, or hybrid publishing. Each one offers a list of pros and cons, and I gathered them here so you can make the decision best for your publishing journey. Traditional Publishing Opting for traditional publishing means securing an agent, and you can start looking at publishersmarketplace.com. […]

Finding the Perfect Editor for Your Nonfiction Book

Congratulations! You’ve known for years that you needed to write a book about your zone of genius and you finally did it! Now, it’s time for you to find an editor. And yes, you need a professional.   Why you need an editor Your editor is essentially your quality control, which is especially important if […]

Public Relations Is the Credibility You Need

While marketing gets the bulk of the attention given to how to promote your book, you can’t ignore public relations. So, what’s the difference? In a nutshell, marketing is you talking about yourself, and public relations (PR) is having other people talk about you. Think about when you see ads online or in a magazine […]

The Role of AI in Writing Your Book

I think we need to acknowledge the growing role AI plays in publishing.  For the record, I do not believe AI should be used to write your book, children’s books, or any book, really. Books are critical to our development as humans. They introduce us to people, take us to places, and teach us things […]

6 Steps to Earning 6 Figures with Your Book

Writing a book can be one of the more lucrative ventures you absolutely should undertake. You have the opportunity to turn your expertise and experience into  substantial income. If you are an entrepreneur, there really is no downside to writing a book about your zone of genius. Writing Writing your book doesn’t start with writing your […]

Storytelling Changes the Game

For micro businesses (fewer than 10 employees) and solopreneurs, we sometimes find ourselves on the struggle bus to stand out. What if I told you there’s a way to connect to your customers on a deeper level to increase traffic and sales, and it costs almost nothing?  The ancient art of storytelling remains the most […]