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Teamwork

Teamwork

Holidays are a great tonic—especially when work can be completely banished. I’ve just returned from sun, sea, and sand where the only thing I had to remember was the plot of the novel I was reading. But returning to work…

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What’s In A Name?

What’s in a name?

In March, mature coastal Douglas-firs are 12 months into their 17-month reproductive cycle. March is the time of pollen making, and in April the pollen-bearing cones burst and pollination of the seed cones begins. Pseudotsuga menziesii was first discovered on…

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The Talented Ms. Tomlin

The talented Ms. Tomlin

There has never been a West Coast Editorial Associates without Barbara Tomlin—until now. On January 1, 2016, Barbara officially retired from the partnership she co-founded with six other experienced editors in 1992. Barbara is not “retired retired.” She continues to…

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A Hallowed Tradition

A hallowed tradition

Last night, it being Halloween—or perhaps Hallowe’en—I spent a few minutes thinking about apostrophes again. My blog writing schedule seems to be governed by dates of note that may or may not take apostrophes (see my April 1 posting on…

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Changing Hats

Changing hats

Although I’ve been a writer and editor for almost 30 years, most of my work has been outside the book publishing world, and I’ve never worked in-house. So when I pitched a children’s book idea to Orca Book Publishers a…

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