How to Take the Nightmare Out of Networking

If you want to be a super networker, focus on helping someone else every time you attend a networking event. I know networking events can seem scary, especially if you attend one alone and don’t know anyone there except the host. If you weren’t the popular kid in...

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Using #NaNoWriMo to Jump Start Your 2016

This week’s guestblogger is  Dave Baldwin of Raleigh: writer, content producer extraordinaire and sales process architect. I’ve known Dave for over eight years after meeting at a publishing panel in Durham, North Carolina. Since then, we’ve collaborated on writing...

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How to Set Better Boundaries

Six years ago I emceed a monthly open mic, a monthly morning networking writing group and book club. I also led a weekly women’s networking referral group. I had client work due on a Thursday, the same day as the morning networking group, and had to tell the client I...

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How to Host a Book Launch Like a Boss!

Last week I celebrated two book launches for Heroes without Capes (check out more info about my book by clicking here), my new book of poems from Main Street Rag Publishing Company. I read my poems, sang my songs that originated from my poems and told stories about...

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5 Creativity Killers and How to Deal with Them

This week’s guestblogger is writer, content producer extraordinaire and sales process architect Dave Baldwin of Raleigh. I’ve known Dave for over eight years starting when he showed up at a publishing panel I was on in Durham. Since then, we’ve collaborated on writing...

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Find the Hero Within: Get Out of Your Own Way!

Are you getting in our your own way and stopping yourself from achieving fantastic things like publishing a book, landing higher-paying clients, securing a prestigious speaking or conference gig? Chances are you may be sabotaging your potential successes due to old...

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5 Essential Road Trip Tips for Authors

  I just came back from driving six hours to the beach and back—all in the same day. This recent trip to teach Reiki and Writing made me realize that I have quite a few more road trips to undertake because my new book, Heroes without Capes is hitting the shelves in a...

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Procrastination and the Art of the Deadline

This week’s guestblogger is writer, content producer extraordinaire and sales process architect Dave Baldwin of Raleigh. I’ve known Dave for over eight years starting when he was one of my open mic participants. Since then, we’ve collaborated on writing workshops,...

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Facing Your Fears: 5 Tips to Move You Forward

  As writers and fellow creatives, facing our fears (see my post on fighting fear) is something we do almost on a daily basis. We may open ourselves up to rejection and judgment more than folks who work in your typical 9-5 office, but the truth is that everyone is...

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Don’t You Dare Double Space After a Period!

It’s time for my annual “Don’t Double Space After a Period” post. I love posting this blog again as a PSA (Public Service Announcement) for my current and future editing clients—while taking out double spaces from manuscripts can be very meditative, it is also...

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My New Book is Almost Out–Heroes without Capes

It’s exciting when your new book is about to be published. Heroes without Capes will available for pre-orders for only a few more weeks. What that means is that you get a $6.50 discount off the book’s retail price of $14 and it will shipped to you as soon as it is...

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5 Ways to Fight Fear

Fears. We all have them. As writers, we can experience the fear of failure, the unknown, rejection, and criticism all in a few minutes or maybe even seconds. It’s okay to be afraid, but not okay if we let our fears stop us in our tracks. I had a big fear not long ago...

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6 Awesome Ways to Value Yourself as a Writer

You feel like an imposter. You hear voices telling you, “What makes you think you’re a writer? What makes you think you’re any good?” How do you combat these voices and be the rock star author millions will read? How do you value yourself so others value you? Read on!...

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How Does a Writer Find An Editor?

Look for a shared sense of humor. The writer needs to be open to possibility and try to find an editor who looks like they can challenge you and help you learn. This is actually very similar in finding a music or dance teacher. And on top of these points, I choose my...

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The Secret to Attract Awesome Clients

When I first started my writing business I didn’t think about the kind of clients I wanted to attract. If they paid me, then they were great clients! I wouldn’t have thought it possible to turn away ANY client. These were the dark days of the Great Recession and I...

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How Do You Book a Book Signing?

When you’re an independent author or publish with a small press or are a poet, you have to book your own signing gigs, much like independent musicians book theirs. Your publisher is too small to do it for you. How do you go about doing this? Well, today we’re going to...

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What Are You Grateful For Today?

As a kid I was forced to write thank you notes to my paternal grandparents (and Aunt Karyl) and maternal grandmother (and Aunt Suzanne) every Christmas. I remember my dad would take me to his office in downtown Washington, D.C. the day before school started back up...

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6 Steps for Getting Your Memoir Done

How do you start a book? A better way to put it would be, how do you eat an elephant? One page (or bite) at a time. Writing a book about your life is a daunting project and I’ve known some writers who started taking memoir workshops with me ten years ago and they...

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Three Tips for Surviving Tor-mentors

During the climb of your Hero’s Journey to your goal of finishing your book, mastering public speaking or finishing your first marathon, you’ll meet awesome mentors and supportive friends, as well as “tor-mentors.” Tor-mentors are jokers who first appear to you as...

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IMG_3008My name is Alice Osborn and I’m a born editor and a very picky reader. As a kid, I had to analyze books, movies and songs. Had to. My dad often told me I “thought too much,” but I couldn’t help it. I remember reading books that I wish were better written and I’d ask questions about why the author didn’t mention so and so. At the time I didn’t know what the phrase “plot hole” meant, but that’s exactly what I found in all of the fiction I encountered. As a result I started reading nonfiction, comic books and “movels” — movie novelizations; as least the plot didn’t lack any key elements and I already knew how the story ended. The only “fiction” I could stomach were the Greek myths since they were character-driven tales where the god/goddess/mortal had to cross almost insurmountable odds to achieve their goals. They were also violent. I loved the story where Artemis is bathing and a poor slob enjoys the peep show. He doesn’t last long since she turns her dogs on him. Perhaps this is why I’ve always been a fan of Star Wars, which is really a myth disguised as Luke Skywalker’s coming of age story of finding the home in his heart.

Speaking of Star Wars, I also loved going to the movies where I’d beg my father to sit through the credits so I’d know where it was filmed and who did the sound editing.  He always complied and never told me it was a little weird. Well, he probably understood me since he always pointed out anachronisms. For instance, in Raiders of Lost Ark which was supposed to take place in 1936, they showed a 1942 Ford, and boy did that mistake bother him! My husband, Keith, a vintage car owner, also loves to point out these issues to me, which makes only one trait my father and husband share.

Going to the movies and to the comic book store with my dad turned out to be one of our favorite things we’d do together. Thanks to Dad, he also bought me and my brother several comic book subscriptions: Spiderman, G.I. Joe and Star Wars that would arrive in our mailbox in brown paper wrapping.  My brother never read the comic books meant for him, so I became an enormous G.I. Joe fan by reading the comic book while playing with all of his action figures. Again, I loved the strongly developed characters and how they picked on each other while laughing in the face of danger. One of my favorite lines was, “You’re about as funny as a hand grenade.” No wonder I loved Predator and The Hurt Locker; both war dramas with strong characters and intense action. You know I’m also a fan of Lost for these same reasons and haven’t missed an episode since it premiered in 2004.

In college I majored in business and worked at Belk in several capacities for nine years. I dabbled in writing, but it wasn’t until I began grad school at NC State in English did I enter “editing world” through the tutoring portal. I tutored students in writing and speaking throughout my grad school stint, but I edited too much. That was OK, I’m not a tutor; I’m an editor.

One of my strengths is finding plot inconsistencies and working out character timelines in addition to performing the grammar, proofreading and line editing functions. I also love fact checking like my dad used to do at the movies. My clients love this about me and never get weirded out when I bone up on their subject and totally immerse myself in their world.

There was a time about eighteen months ago I was thinking about giving up editing so I could concentrate on my own writing projects. Editing others’ work does take up your life, not leaving much room for your own creativity. Then a friend of mine said, “Don’t quit; there aren’t many really good editors out there; we need you!” So I stayed in the game and began receiving stronger work to edit. I realized that I was not being picky enough with my clients since after all, I’m  a very picky reader! My mother also told me that my grandmother, her mother, was an editor. Soon after, I found out my first cousin had a 20-year editing career! Editing is definitely in my blood and I must embrace who I am. Like Luke Skywalker, I found my true calling after a lengthy search.

Alice Osborn will help you get your novel published and adored by your readers

Alice is THE professional editor and published author to help you get famous through publication.

Alice Osborn, Raleigh AuthorShe will help you achieve success and confidence with editing, writing workshops, and mentoring to help you achieve your writing goals. If you need one-on-one coaching, Alice offers mentoring that can turn you from a writer into an author. She is THE expert you can trust and who will be honest and fair with you.

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