“I have now self-published nine novels, available at Amazon and Barnes & Noble. I’ve had many people ask me about the whole self-publishing process, the dos and don’ts, etc. And I tell them there is only one huge mistake I made—I didn’t hire a professional editor to review my first couple of books before publication.

I mistakenly believed that friends and family members had caught all the typos, plot errors, etc. I was wrong. And you can only make a good first impression on readers once. You can’t say later, oh, sorry about the editing errors. So if you have a manuscript that you want to self-publish, you need to do it right. And that means finding an established, professional editor.

I was fortunate enough to meet Shelley Holloway a couple of years ago and all I can say is that I wish I’d known her from the start. But as the saying goes, hindsight is 20/20. Shelley and I have now worked together on all my books—six books to date—and when I finish the book I am currently working on, the manuscript will be sent to her. I will let her do her magic, making this seventh book that much better than what was originally sent to her. Plus, she also formats my books for Kindle and Nook publication. This is wonderful, since I want to focus on writing, not formatting.

Shelley is a joy to work with, has a terrific sense of humor, and puts up with my eccentricities. What more could an author want?”