In spite of the past year’s challenges, four of my clients published their books in 2020, and others will publish in 2021. Like you, I am looking forward to the prospect of a better year in 2021. Let’s start the new year by offering a round of applause for my book clients who accomplished their publishing goals in 2020..

Attorney James H. K. Bruner published the third novel in The Bike Cop series, Shadows of Dog Island Light (The Proverbial Lawyer Publications, 2020). For me as the copyeditor, it was fun to revisit the fictional town of Port Talbot on Maine’s southern coast. Find more information about the series here. James got some nice press on the launch of the third book in the series, including a cover story in the August 2020 issue of Maine Seniors and an article in the Portland Press Herald. There’s also a TV interview with the author on News Center Maine.

Vermont-based author and illustrator Paul Laud published a second picture book featuring Janie and Nell, a dog and cat who enjoy holiday-themed adventures. The Tiniest Owl (Onion River Press, 2020) has a Halloween theme. My work on this one involved editing the rhymed couplets that supplement the whimsical illustrations. Learn more about the series here.

On the non-fiction side, several of my book editing clients published in 2020. After many years of research, Susan Wadia-Ells has published Busting Breast Cancer: Five Simple Steps to Keeping Breast Cancer Out of Your Body (Busting Breast Cancer, 2020). Find information or order a copy here.

The 2020 edition of Managing a Special Needs Trust: A Guide for Trustees offers a valuable update on a complicated topic, from authors Barbara D. Jackins, Esq., Richard S. Blank, Esq., and Ken W. Shulman, Esq. (disAbilities Press Books, LLC, 2020). More information here. 

Other Blue Pencil Consulting clients refreshed the content on their websites (is your professional bio up to date?), and continued to publish e-newsletters and post on social media platforms. Still others began developmental work on their books, with Blue Pencil Consulting providing manuscript critiques and “book therapy.” If we can help you this year with your content, whether it’s blog posts and newsletters or a new book, please get in touch.

Happy New Year!