With the help of the project managers, we are working to ensure that no important work is lost going forward. And like Nancy Drew, we will investigate the whereabouts of those old missing files.
Prior to my career at Portland State University, I enjoyed all the career benefits of a creative writing degree: cooking, serving, managing—anything with an apron. Then I moved to Portland with the intent to find a “real” job. Have you ever bought Tupperware from a fresh-faced go-getter in the grocery store? Did that person seem […]
Good dialogue is one of the most crucial ingredients for a well-written story—and, to the frustration of many a would-be author, one of the easiest to bungle. Writers often commit the sin of overwriting dialogue in their zeal to draw in the reader. Whether you’re an editor trying to curb your client’s excesses or an […]
The two most common responses that I received as an undergraduate English major were “So you want to be a teacher?” and “What can you do with that, besides teach?” As it turns out, you can do more than just teach with an English degree. You can work in publishing and help produce the literature […]
After almost three terms as the editorial assistant for Ooligan Press, I have become accustomed to the compulsory blank stare that results from hearing the term “light copyedit” when discussing blog posts and the importance of maintaining an author’s voice and intent. For some floaters, or volunteer editors, this glazed-over expression is a sign of […]
The entire purpose of young adult literature is to connect with the unique experiences of preteens and teenagers. Successful authors seek to uncover the raw, emotional reality behind these tumultuous, angst-filled years and tell a story that resonates with readers in an organic way. The problem with YA novels, however, is that it is impossible […]