Author: Ellie Maas Davis

The Toils of Professional Book Editors

by Ellie Maas Davis “This is not a novel to be tossed aside lightly. It should be thrown with great force.” –Dorothy Parker It happened twice this past week. Once two weeks ago, before that it’d been at least six months. Like all things insidious, sad, and uncanny, they seem to travel in threes, and if one’s off her game with greater frequency. It’s as if the book gods know when an editor has scheduled gum surgery, nicked himself shaving, or eaten bad duck. No matter who we are it’s bound to happen, even to the best of us,...

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Getting Personal in the Increasingly Anonymous World of Publishing: Editors and Authors

by Ellie Maas Davis Strangely, over the years, I’ve found I rather appreciate finding an author bio enclosed at the tail end of a manuscript I’m about to edit. An author photo, which long ago might frustrate me for poking a hole through the veil of anonymity, now brings me pleasure. It isn’t as if I plan for us to meet—you, wordsmith, I conjurer-protector-enforcer—but once I’ve edited your work I’m smitten; you somehow become one of the family (even if I think of you as the crazy cousin who drinks too much at reunions or the great aunt who...

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Choosing an Editor

by Ellie Maas Davis When it comes to finding an editor to help you with your book, make sure it’s someone who responds to what you’ve written and how you’ve written it. Make no mistake: no one likes to be edited. It can be an incredibly painful process. You’re basically paying someone to poke holes in what you’ve done and critique every aspect of it from concept to comma use. Like many things in the publishing process, it requires a leap of faith, and if you want to ensure your book is marketable—or at the very least navigable to...

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Top 10 Reasons to Use a Ghostwriter

by Ellie Maas Davis Ghostwriting is a very common practice with busy professionals, celebrities and speakers.  If you knew how many bestselling books were actually ghostwritten, it might surprise you.  If you’re considering publishing and just don’t have the time to write and still want to have the book written in “your voice” hiring a ghostwriter may be your answer.  So what are the top 10 reasons to hire a ghostwriter? 1.  You’re a professional who needs a manuscript. Everyone changes the oil in their car; they take it to the shop, pay $29.95, then read Cosmo and drink...

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What It Means to Have Style

When it comes to an author’s writing, style can only mean one of two things—one can be learned; the other, which is far more elusive, must be honed.

Ellie Maas Davis

About Ellie Maas Davis

Educated at Southern Methodist University, the University of Kansas, and the University of Witswatersrand in Johannesburg, Ellie Maas Davis has written extensively on the environment and issues of human rights. She is the owner of Pressque, a publishing consultation firm located in downtown Charleston that offers editing, ghostwriting, and marketing services to authors and publishers. She is a founding board member of the Lowcountry Initiative for the Literary Arts, a former curator and host of Charleston's longest running weekly literary series, Monday Night Blues, and serves as a mentor to senior writing students at Charleston County School of the Arts. Published in a number of anthologies and journals, she is the author of The Humours of Folly, See Charleston in a Day, 100, over a dozen ghostwritten works of fiction and nonfiction, and often reviews books for The Post and Courier. When she's not living somewhere else, she makes her home on Daniel Island with her family.

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