Author Archive for Toni Rakestraw

Gearing Up for NaNoWriMo

Yes, it’s that time again! Writers everywhere are plotting and planning as they get ready to dive into the trenches of NaNoWriMo. What’s NaNoWriMo, you may ask? NaNoWriMo stands for National Novel Writing Month and it takes place in November.…

Preparing Your Manuscript

You’ve finally done it… written your novel. It’s complete. All those words down in one place. And you’re no fool. You’ve got an editor all lined up.  But wait. Is it really ready for the editor yet? When you say…

Using a Plan

I just got a new book yesterday: Outlining Your Novel by K. M. Weiland. I’m really excited about this book and I’ll tell you why. John and I are starting our next book, and as much as I’d like to…

Get the Most for Your Editing Buck

No, this isn’t a sale. We covered this topic in a Google Hangout on Air. Believe it or not, there are ways to make sure you get the most out of your editing dollar. If you go back through the archives, you’ll see I’ve talked about this before, but it bears repeating. Of course, you don’t need to read… you can listen instead. :)

Of course, who am I to judge? If you prefer to pay your editor to check your spelling, remove your overused words, and spend her time on a rough draft, it’s your dime. But you can take this to the bank: your editor will love you forever if you improve your writing skills from one book to the next. I know it means a lot to me.


John and Toni Rakestraw are the owners of Rakestraw Book Design. Toni is the editor; she keeps all those words in line. John is the voice of the company. He can often be found hosting Google+ Hangouts on writing and issues writers face online. Archives for his shows can be found on YouTube.