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About Louann Pope

Louann's former career was in business, finance, and economics, but she's always loved reading and language. . . so she obtained a specialized copyediting certification and launched a freelance copyediting career. Personally, her favorite genres to read are science fiction & fantasy and mystery. Because she loves language and has this eclectic combination of background and interests, she can copyedit a wide range of materials—everything from academic journal articles to company press releases to time-travel romances. Regardless of the type of writing, her goal is always to ensure that the manuscript reflects the best of the author’s ability and unique voice. She sees the editing process as a collaboration in which she acts as a bridge between the author and the reader.

Kudos to Chris Spurvey, a Successful Client

Congratulations to Chris Spurvey, a copyediting client of mine who has sold 10,000 copies of his book, It's Time to Sell: Cultivating the Sales Mind-Set, in its first 30 days of availability. His success has even been recognized in a Forbes article written by Cheryl Conner. As an added bonus for me, that article included the following kind words that relate to my work on his book and his blog posts: The book is Spurvey’s own voice and his own authentic story in every chapter and verse. He gingerly stepped up to the plate and tried his hand with a series of blogs. . [...]

By | 2016-10-13T14:48:22+00:00 January 31st, 2016|Business, Nonfiction, Writing Tips|0 Comments

LGBT Language Tips for Authors and Editors

As an author or editor, do you have questions about appropriate LGBT language? Let's test your knowledge with a brief quiz (answers are given after the quiz): Do you know where to find LGBT language guides? Yes/No What should you consider in deciding which singular pronoun to use to refer to an individual? Should you ever use the word "homosexual"? Which of the following nouns and noun phrases are accepted terms for people whose gender identity, expression, or behavior is different from those typically associated with their assigned sex at birth? transgendered person, transgendered man, transgendered woman transgender man, transgender [...]

By | 2017-01-11T16:33:24+00:00 April 23rd, 2015|Fiction, LGBT, Nonfiction, Resources, Writing Tips|4 Comments

Tips for Writing an Effective Press Release

My blog posts thus far have focused on fiction writing and editing. For a change of pace, let’s talk about business writing. Working in investor relations at a large company, I gained firsthand experience with press releases, especially those in which we announced our quarterly financial results. Recently I’ve done some further thinking (and research) on how best to structure press releases, and I’ve compiled a set of tips that I hope you find helpful. 1. Be newsworthy To create a newsworthy press release, you need to put yourself in the target audience’s shoes. Most good press releases are issued [...]

By | 2017-03-29T14:09:41+00:00 November 25th, 2014|Business, Nonfiction, Nonprofit, Writing Tips|1 Comment

Anything You Say or Do May Be Used in a Story

UNABRIDGED event flier On Saturday, October 25th my spouse and I attended a Lambda Literary event titled “UNABRIDGED: A Conversation with Ana Castillo, Andrew Holleran, and Justin Torres” at the Armory for the Arts Theater here in Santa Fe, New Mexico. The event consisted of readings from each of the three authors, followed by a discussion with the author panel moderated by Amy Scholder. Alice Darwin (@alicewriterland) I came away from the event with a greater appreciation for the challenges writers face in navigating the line between fiction and nonfiction when their writing is inspired by [...]

By | 2016-10-13T14:48:23+00:00 November 3rd, 2014|Fiction, LGBT, Writing Tips|0 Comments

Misplaced in Time?

I've been rereading Diana Gabaldon's Outlander series (because I'm a longtime fan and because it's finally made it to the small screen—thank you, Ron Moore!). For full disclosure, I should admit that I'm also listening to the audiobooks when riding in my spouse's car. While listening to Dragonfly in Amber, my spouse heard the word "zombie," paused the CD, and exclaimed, "Whoa! They had zombies in the 1700s? No way. I think Diana messed up." Since the scene takes place in the 1740s, the word zombie seemed misplaced. I stopped to ponder: Did people in Scotland at that time know [...]

By | 2016-10-13T14:48:23+00:00 October 24th, 2014|Fiction, Writing Tips|0 Comments