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Editor's Notes #75, Other Writer's Helpers
August 31, 2009

Writing a book is an adventure.
To begin with, it is a toy and an amusement.
Then it becomes a mistress,
then it becomes a master, then it becomes a tyrant.
The last phase is that just as you are about to be reconciled to your servitude,
you kill the monster, and fling him to the public.

--Sir Winston Churchill

In this issue:

1. Other Writer's Helpers
2. We Have A Winner
3. Interesting Web site
4. Tickled My Funnybone

1. Other Writer's Helpers
When I started my editing business and Web site, I chose the name Writer's Helper because I believe my services help writers. But I'm not the only writer's helper out there. In the last issue I promised that I'd share some of what I'm learning about self-publishing with you.

The first thing I've learned is that writers need LOTS of helpers. Here's a list of others you may need to help you with your book:
  1. A ghostwriter
  2. A transcriptionist
  3. An editor
  4. A banker
  5. An accountant
  6. A computer technician
  7. A researcher
  8. A fact-checker
  9. Various experts in fields you write about
  10. An illustrator
  11. A designer
  12. A desktop publisher
  13. A printer
  14. A shipping company
  15. A distributor
  16. Book reviewers
  17. A marketing expert
  18. Book store owners
  19. Magazine editors
  20. Radio talk show hosts
  21. TV talk show hosts
  22. Leaders of various organizations related to your topic
  23. A Web host
  24. A Web designer
  25. A Web marketing expert
  26. (More about the last three in a following issue)
I hope I haven't left out anyone.

You may not need all of the helpers listed above, but do consider how you will do the job those folk do if you don't hire a specialist. Several jobs I was sure I could do myself I am now more than happy to pass on to someone else.

I've come across another set of helpers I've never seen listed anywhere else, and I'm at a bit of a loss about how to list them. I've been the recipient of much help that can come only under the heading of "The Kindness Of Strangers." When I call someone looking for something, I've begun to ask for referrals to a host of others they might know who can help me.

My book relies heavily on photographs, and some have been very hard to find. But once I got into the circles of photographers and subject experts, I found a group of passionate people more than willing to help me out.


2. We Have A Winner
My apologies for the delay in announcing the winner of the Recession-Busting Draw. I have to say that everyone who entered gave me writing that was worth reading. That's always gratifying. In fact, I wanted many of the entrants to win. To be fair, I had my Mom draw the name from her new blue sunhat. Yvonne Forward won the draw for $1000 worth of free editing.


3. Interesting Web site
If you want to chat with other writers or just "listen in," you may enjoy There are both open chat times and times with specific topics that are announced ahead of time.


4. Tickled My Funnybone
Warning after teenage cliff falls


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