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Molly McCowan – Lead Word Nerd

Molly is a professional writer and editor who offers copyediting, book editing, proofreading, copywriting, and more.

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Recent Inklings

  • Learn How to Self-Edit Your Writing (Podcast)

    Learn How to Self-Edit Your Writing (Podcast)

    I recently taught a class on editing your own work at the Northern Colorado Writers (NCW) association here in Fort Collins, Colorado. The class went really well; there were about 15 students in attendance, and they learned how to do basic developmental editing of their fiction or nonfiction books. They ... Read More
  • How to Hire an Editor, Not an “Editor”

    How to Hire an Editor, Not an “Editor”

    “Editors” are a dime a dozen these days. Plenty of people think that just because they: a) read a lot, b) are good at spotting typos, or c) picture themselves wearing a tweed jacket and teaching Shakespeare to enraptured students on the coiffed lawns of Harvard, they can sell their ... Read More
  • What is the Value of an Editor?

    What is the Value of an Editor?

    About a year ago, I was at a networking event when I was approached by a middle-aged man wearing a black sport coat over a lightweight periwinkle sweater. He was holding a glass of red wine in one hand, and the word “author” was written in blue Sharpie underneath the ... Read More
  • Being an Editor Doesn’t Mean You Know Everything…Even When You Think You Do

    Being an Editor Doesn’t Mean You Know Everything…Even When You Think You Do

    Having a head full of inane trivia can be quite useful at times (even though my friends have banned me from playing Trivial Pursuit because I always win). But just because I can spout off a few pieces of trivia about octopuses—yes, octopuses, not octopi—doesn’t mean I’m an “expert” on ... Read More
  • How My Dog Makes Me a Better Editor

    How My Dog Makes Me a Better Editor

    Update 9/2/2014: Misty passed away peacefully in my arms on August 29, 2014. I will always cherish our 16 joyful years together. Read on to learn some of the things she taught me. When I was 11 years old, there was nothing I wanted more than a puppy. After months ... Read More