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Melissa Eskue Ousley Wins an Award!

posted May 12, 2014, 10:40 AM by Laura Garwood

Congratulations to my client, Melissa Eskue Ousley, who has won an Eric Hoffer Award for her Sign of the Throne! Sign of the Throne is the first book in Melissa's fantasy young-adult trilogy. I did a developmental edit and a copy edit on this book, and a copy edit on the next two books in the series, Raven and Rabbit and The Sower Comes. And I enjoyed every minute! I am proud of you, Melissa.

Book Giveaways as a Marketing Tool

posted Feb 3, 2014, 9:53 AM by Laura Garwood

Melissa Eskue Ousely, whose YA fantasy trilogy I have had the honor of editing, wrote an excellent article about Goodreads giveaways as a marketing tool. Marketing is a challenge for all writers, whether they are indie authors or those with publishing contracts.

Here's the article! http://indigoediting.com/February2014

If you need further marketing or publicity help, I highly recommend Jessica Glenn at Mindbuck Media.

Bruce Reyes-Chow Celebrates His Book Launch

posted Jun 12, 2013, 9:21 AM by Laura Garwood

If you're near the San Francisco Bay Area, come down to Bruce's favorite writing spot and celebrate the launch of his book on race, But I Don't See You as Asian. I did a developmental and a copy editing round on this book, and it was a lot of fun to work with Bruce. Shooting for the sweet spot between a protest line and academia, Bruce hopes the book can serve as a conversation opener for communities interested in learning what they don't know.

Hope to see you there! June 23, 2-4 p.m., at Philz Coffee in San Francisco. https://www.facebook.com/events/390502961066802/

Books are available as paper or e-book versions. http://ow.ly/lXSBX

Client Kaira Rouda Named Finalist

posted May 28, 2013, 8:24 AM by Laura Garwood   [ updated May 28, 2013, 8:31 AM ]

Congratulations to Kaira Rouda, whose book All the Difference has been named a finalist in the 2013 National Indie Excellence Awards! I had the pleasure of working on this book, and it was indeed excellent. For more information, check out Kaira's blog: www.kairarouda.com/blog.

Amy Hatvany Hits It Out of the Park Again

posted Apr 10, 2013, 10:09 AM by Laura Garwood

Client Amy Hatvany's next novel, Heart Like Mine, came out on March 19. Within days, it went to its second printing! Congrats, Amy. I did a developmental edit on this manuscript (well, a couple of rounds of developmental edits) before it went to Amy's Atria editor. It's such a good book, the story of a woman who never wanted to be a mother but becomes involved with a man who is already a father.


My Own Exciting News

posted Mar 8, 2013, 11:00 AM by Laura Garwood

I am thrilled to have been invited to be a member of the cast of the 2013 Listen to Your Mother show in Sacramento! We will be reading our motherhood-themed pieces on Mother's Day at the Crest Theatre. Congrats to the other participants!

The show website and blog

Huge Congratulations to Melissa Eskue Ousley!

posted Feb 28, 2013, 4:00 PM by Laura Garwood

Congratulations to my client Melissa Eskue Ousley, who has signed on with Gazebo Gardens Publishing. Gazebo will publish all three books in her Solas Beir young-adult trilogy. I highly recommend looking these books up--Melissa has done great work, and I really enjoyed working with her (and look forward to getting my hands on books 2 and 3)!

Amy Hatvany on Tour

posted Feb 28, 2013, 3:58 PM by Laura Garwood

My client Amy Hatvany will be touring Arizona, Washington, and California! If you have a chance to meet her, you should.

Here is her schedule: http://www.amyhatvany.com/Appearances

Now Accepting New Clients!

posted Dec 5, 2012, 10:42 AM by Laura Garwood

Now accepting new clients! Though I am based in Sacramento, California, I can work with anyone, anywhere. Unless a client prefers otherwise, I work electronically, meaning we can collaborate online. I successfully maintain relationships with clients in Washington, Texas, Maryland, South Carolina--you name it.

No, Where Are You FROM? A Book on Race

posted Dec 5, 2012, 10:41 AM by Laura Garwood

I will be partnering with Bruce Reyes-Chow, speaker, writer, and former moderator of the Presbyterian Church USA, on his new book, No, Where Are You FROM? This book is meant to open an honest discussion of race. Bruce is running a Kickstarter to help fund the book, and would love to have assistance reaching his stretch goal. All participants in the Kickstarter receive rewards like signed copies or Bruce visiting their churches. http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/breyeschow/brcs-self-publishing-endeavor-a-book-on-race

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