David Colin Carr, Editor and Writing Coach


3 June 2014 Thanks to Anoop Ahuja Judge for the invitation to participate in “My Writing Process Blog Tour.” It has been a delight to work with her in developing The Rummy Club which she had stunningly produced, and launched with great style. It’s a delight to know someone so determined to look at every… Continue Reading

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27 January, 2014 My commitment to posting this blog weekly has been based on my understanding that to optimize searches, blogs need to appear on the same day(s) each week. Since SEO is not an urgent issue for me, I’ve decided to spare myself the burden of a weekly schedule that revolves around this, much… Continue Reading

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20 January 2014 This week I received a career memoir that the writer has been working on for 38 years. I was skeptical when he told me it was the first of five volumes. The autobiography of famous leaders usually fits in one volume, even though autobiography needs a lot more factual detail than a… Continue Reading

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13 January, 2014 If you know writers who are unhappily single, be sure to pass this advice along to them. Don’t be blatant about it – you don’t want to embarrass them. Slip it under their door when you know they’re not home. Use someone else’s printer for anonymity. They don’t fail because they reek… Continue Reading

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6 January, 2014 (If you read my blog last week, you’ll have been reminded that there can never be enough proofreading: “never” was written “ever” – a reversal of my intention. And today I received an email ad “Sale of the year” and under that “2013.” It’s usually the biggest font that doesn’t get careful… Continue Reading

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30 December, 2013 Three years ago, I helped a client through her dissertation. She was so pressed for time that I had to hire three assistants at once to review the footnotes and 120 pages of references so I could be free to concentrate on content and writing. I wouldn’t take on a project like… Continue Reading

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23 December, 2013 An old friend happened to call this morning to ask about converting into ebooks some slim volumes he self-published a couple of years ago (in Paris, how romantic, sitting in a café over wine with an Algerian cover designer). He’s been writing poetry and short stories for forty years, though he’s been… Continue Reading

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December 17, 2013 Much as I appreciate integrity in others, I try to act with integrity myself. So I’m finding myself in a quandary. At our last BAIPA meeting (www.baipa.org – our local network of people involved in all aspects of self-publishing) I offered to write a review of a member’s book in exchange for… Continue Reading

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December 10, 2013 A writing colleague through my professional network of independent publishers (the PC term for self-publisher) asked if I would do a sample edit of one chapter so she could compare it to the work of other editors she was considering hiring. I have responded to such requests before, and I have never… Continue Reading

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2 December, 2013 This blog usually arises from the challenge of my work week. But following the move, I ran off for a week’s vacation that had been planned a year earlier. I returned last night and have been so brain dead that I had not a thought about my professional life the whole six… Continue Reading

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