How Crutch Words Weaken Your Writing

Whoa! The “4 Myths About Editors” post has really taken off in the past few days. Thanks so much for all the positive feedback! What I want to talk about today is related to one of the myths I discussed in that post:…

4 Myths About Editors

What editors do is often kept hidden. In fact, a good editor is supposed to remain invisible by giving the text enough care and polish that it shines brightly and speaks for itself. The thing is, when your goal is to be invisible,…

The Value of Plain Language

One of the hardest lessons I ever had to learn as a writer was that using complex words was not a sign of good writing. It’s a natural assumption to make. “Good” writing means writing that sounds “smart” — and what’s…

What Taco Bell Can Teach You About Bad Business Copy

Do you know what your business copy says about you? Not what you think it says, but what it actually says? What if you want to look professional and competent but your business copy is secretly undermining you? Would you be able to see…

Resources for Editors

In September I wrote a blog post about my experience with Ryerson’s publishing program. At the end of the post, I said I would provide more info for people who want to learn more about editing or who want to be editors. So here’s…

3 Lessons From The Art of Entrepreneurship

On Tuesday I attended The Art of Entrepreneurship, a day-long event with info and resources for business owners and entrepreneurs. However, even though the speakers were famous, much of the advice about running a successful business was old-hat. You know the stuff. Build…

Ryerson Publishing: What Other Students Thought

I last wrote about the Ryerson publishing program when I answered some FAQs from prospective students. But what do other publishing students have to say about their experience? I found out — and I hope you get as much out of their…

3 Lessons From InboundCon 2014

A week ago I attended InboundCon 2014, a one-day conference on inbound marketing. It was intense. There were some breaks for networking and meals, but otherwise it was a non-stop stream of information about topics like SEO, PPC advertising, UX design, content marketing, social media,…

My Perspective on Ryerson’s Publishing Program — 3 Years Later

Ever since I graduated from Ryerson’s publishing program in 2011, I’ve been contacted by people asking for more information about it — about whether the program is worth their time, and whether it’s led to the kind of work I’ve expected. These questions…

Change: What I’ve Been Doing and Where I’m Going

It’s been about two years since I decided to transition to freelance work. However, it’s been a bumpy road. I’ve taken on contract work that took time away from doing freelance work. In some ways, I’ve decided to focus on writing…