My Books

Non-fiction

In this concise guide, Sarah Barbour shares her experience as both a freelance editor and a self-publishing author to show you:

  • The different levels of editing, what each involves, and what you can expect to pay
  • Where to find an editor
  • How to decide if an editor is right for you and your book
  • How to communicate effectively with your editor
  • Common mistakes and how to avoid them

This short book won’t take more than an hour or two to read—but it could save you countless hours of frustration and disappointment (and maybe even some money!).

The Copy Editor’s Guide to Working with Indie Authors is the perfect starting point for anyone trying to break into one of the fastest-growing markets for freelance editors!

In addition to drawing on her own experiences, author Sarah Barbour surveyed over 75 independent authors to define the key factors they care about when contracting an editor—and what will keep them coming back for more.

This to-the-point reference will help you:

  • Identify and approach high-value clients so you don’t waste valuable time on dead-end leads
  • Set firm and fair rates by studying your market and competition
  • Cultivate a loyal following by understanding and delivering what each client wants
  • Focus your efforts on the right tools, strategies and skills you need to establish yourself in this exciting niche

Spend less time marketing and more time earning!

Fiction (as Thea Dawson)

Monica Prescott, writer and world traveler, has everything she wants … except a man who’s free-spirited enough to join her for a life on the road. But when she bumps into Jason, the guy who broke her heart in college, she lets him think she’s engaged. It wouldn’t take much to fall for him again–and that’s one road she doesn’t want to go down.

Jason is everything she’s not and doesn’t want to be. He’s settled down in snowy Chicago and focused on his high-powered desk job, while Monica longs for foreign shores and sunshine. But the more time she spends with Jason, the more she starts to question her career and lifestyle.Monica has two weeks before a new assignment starts in Bangkok, and time is running out for her to make the biggest decision of her life.

Lauren Prescott has just been assigned to write the raunchy sex advice column, “Ask Angelina,” at the fashion magazine where she interns. Only problem? “Angelina” is the voice of experience, and at the age of twenty-two, Lauren is still a bona fide virgin.

Her best friends Joey and Krista offer to help her, but their advice soon has Lauren looking at Joey in a whole new light. To complicate matters, the magazine is bought out by a handsome Italian playboy, who wants to send Lauren to Italy for Fashion Week—and who may want to be more than just her boss.

Whisked from Minneapolis to Milan and suddenly in the middle of a love triangle she never expected, Lauren will to have to stop playing it safe if she’s going to get what she wants—But if she goes too far, she may lose everything she truly cares about.

Craft

Ask most people to picture either a librarian or a knitter, and they’re likely to conjure up the same image: a stern, older woman with sensible shoes and hair in a bun.

Stereotypes aside, there does seem to be a special bond between knitters and libraries. This book celebrates that connection, offering 30 exquisite designs inspired by librarians (real and fictional), library architecture, cataloging systems, and sometimes the books themselves. Each pattern comes with its own story, making this book as fun to read as it is to knit from.

Advance praise for Stitching in the Stacks:

“Surprisingly seductive and exuberantly restrained, Stitching in the Stacks unfolds as each beautiful design reveals itself—glasses off and hair unbound—in a “Miss Jones, you’re beautiful!” kind of way. The stories surrounding each project are pithy and enlightening, satisfying the history nerd as well as the knitter in me. I was gratified to see an array of models used, many sizes and shapes represented, because—as we all know—true beauty knows no singular definition.”

—Annie Modesitt, aka the Knitting Heretic and author of History on Two Needles

“This book gives a very healthy dose of TLC to librarians, crafters, and those who are both librarians and crafters (like me). The patterns are gorgeous and honor librarians past, present, and fictional. Our authors also provide extensive research into the study of library history, librarians, and library science, citing colleagues I am proud to have met at conferences. A must for any who love fiber and libraries.

—Kate Kosturski, co-founder of the American Library Association’s CraftCon