Warm Up Makerspaces This Winter with a Hot Cocoa Bar

By Sara E. Hoffmann, School & Library Series Managing Editor

What are chilly February days perfect for? Making something warm and delicious in a makerspace, that’s what! Courtesy of Lerner Publications’ Party Time series, below are instructions on how you can transform a makerspace into a hot cocoa bar for an afternoon. Read More

Proofreading, Copyediting, and Editing: What’s the Difference?

By Sara E. Hoffmann, School & Library Series Managing Editor

Sometimes I’ll be browsing reader reviews of a new release I can’t wait to get my hands on, and I’ll see comments like: “Great book, but it could have been better edited. I spotted several missing commas!”

I take the point. Those missing commas distract me as a reader too. But I always want to reply to such comments and say, “Technically, you mean that the proofreading could have been better.” Read More

How to Be a Great Work-for-Hire Author

work-for-hire authors

By Sara E. Hoffmann, School & Library Series Managing Editor

People often ask me how they can get started as a school & library work-for-hire author—or, once they’ve gotten started, how to ensure they’ll keep on getting projects in the future. They wonder what qualities editors look for when we’re deciding whom to approach with writing assignments. Read More