Author: Melissa Breau
My name is Melissa Breau & I’m a Raleigh-based tea-drinker and dog aficionado. If you’re local, let me know—I’d love to grab a drink.
By day, I’m a keyboard junkie, and (shameless plug) craft killer marketing content for small business owners far and wide.
By night (and sometimes on the weekend) I help out at several nonprofits, teach my dog new tricks, and try to spend as much time outside in the sunshine as I can.
Before joining the world of marketing I spent several years at various publishing companies in NYC, including both magazine publishers and book publishers. I also earned my Masters in Publishing from Pace University.
By Melissa Breau on June 17, 2013There is one thing almost every author overlooks when self publishing—and it may surprise you. Sure, there's lots of talk about the importance of professional editing. Even I've written about it. And everyone knows it's important to have test readers or a writing group who critique your novel. But I'm going to let you in on a secret: writing a […]
By Melissa Breau on June 10, 2013Note: Melissa no longer offers these services. This post remains as archived content for your reference. One of the most common questions I get as an editor is about what different types of editing there are and what each one entails. New clients aren't always sure what level of editing they need and don't know how to make that decision. Before […]
By Melissa Breau on April 16, 2013Before hitting "send" when sending out a new piece or before hitting "publish" on a new blog post, it pays to proofread your piece. Here are some quick things to check when proofreading your own copy. Homophones Perhaps one of the most common mistakes when when writing is misusing homophones–words that sound alike but are spelled differently. Spell check won't […]
By Melissa Breau on April 2, 2013You may have had college professors preach to you to "show, don't tell." The ironic thing about that statement is that it contradicts itself. Take the video I've embedded below, for instance. In the video, a blind homeless man is begging for change. A young woman comes by and changes what he has written on his sign–and in response, many […]
By Melissa Breau on January 31, 2013Most authors who choose to self-publish know they've got a rough road ahead. Once they finish writing they'll need to get their book formatted (or learn how to do it themselves), have a cover designed, and market, market, market. But for the uninitiated, learning how to market a book is hard. And most authors would much rather be writing. Derek Halpern […]
By Melissa Breau on December 3, 2012Digital Book World recently reported Barnes & Noble CEO William Lynch's plan to help make the nook profitable. The device is not currently performing as well as B&N had hoped—although the company reportedly sold twice the number of devices this black Friday versus last. Lynch is quoted as saying that the "key" to Nook business is to continue to grow […]
By Melissa Breau on November 21, 2012Creativity is defined as the ability to transcend traditional ideas, rules, patterns, relationships, or the like, and to create meaningful new ideas, forms, methods, interpretations, etc. We often hear this concept expressed as "thinking outside the box." Authors, perhaps even more than other creative groups, feel the stress to be "truly creative." To avoid cliches. To add stunning plot twists. […]
By Melissa Breau on October 30, 2012So perhaps you've done the hard part already and written a book. Or maybe you're just doing some research because you're thinking about writing a book. Either way, you should know that the publishing landscape today looks vastly different than it did a mere 15 years ago. Heck, it looks vastly different than it did 2 years ago. Authors today have […]
By Melissa Breau on October 11, 2012This year I'm participating in NaNoWriMo for the first time. For those of you not familiar with the acronym, it stands for National Novel Writing Month and it's organized by the Office of Letters and Light. Participants begin writing on November 1st, and the goal is to write a 50,000-word novel by midnight on November 30th. As I said, this is my […]
By Melissa Breau on October 2, 2012I don't normally write posts this long—but this time I couldn't resist. Andrew Stanton's TED talk was something every author—every storyteller—should listen to. Andrew Stanton starts off his TED Talk with a joke. "A tourist is backpacking through the highlands of Scotland and he stops at a pub for a drink. The only people in there are the bartender and […]
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