TLBTV: Rick On Life – The Interesting World of Professional Editing

With Special Guest - Editor, Jill Corley

Rick On Life – The Interesting World of Professional Editing – With Special Guest – Editor, Jill Corley


Hosted by: Rick Amitin

There remains a great power in the written word. But the influence of the printed story is vastly reduced when it is poorly conceived or poorly edited. Whether it’s fiction, a memoir, or any other genre a sure way of going without notice is to publish with an abundance of careless blemishes. If you really care about what you have labored to get on paper then you may want to consider professional assistance.

When I sat down to write a memoir I was untrained and ill-prepared for the task. I had enough trouble dealing with the pain of the story I so desperately wanted to tell. The last thing I wanted was to get bogged down with the art and craft of writing. I had little trouble conveying my thoughts…it was the way I was saying it that gave me pause.

I had a decision to make. Either I would put my book on hold, forever how long it would take to learn what I needed to know or, I could collaborate with experienced proofreaders and editors. I chose to put a team on my project. It was the right decision for me and most authors. In this age of digital print-on-demand anyone can publish a book. Sadly, books are too often thrown together haphazardly.

If you just want to create a book for your family and friends, by all means, proceed at your own risk. But, if you want to reach a broad audience, which will certainly include advanced readers with a keen eye for mistakes, I encourage you to get the help you need. Even if you are a polished writer it pays to get unbiased eyes to see what you’ve put together before you hit publish.

Jill Corley is a rare find in today’s sea of writing and publishing. Her professionalism shows up immediately because Jill cares. She doesn’t only care about the work she does but she cares deeply about the work each writer/author is doing. You can expect the highest quality from Jill on any project she gets involved in. Just read the testimonials from her satisfied clients.

Whenever I encounter someone like Jill who is tirelessly supportive, inspiring, and clearly exists to do good in the world I can’t help but move in a little closer. We all have a story to tell. And, our stories matter. It would be a tragedy the diminish what you have to say by publishing an unedited, unproofed book. The best advice I have for everyone who’s thinking about writing a book is first to write it and second, use proof readers and a professional editor.

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About your Host: Rick Amitin is TLB Project’s Assistant Media Director, a Writer, Author, Blogger, Poet, Inspirational Speaker, Founder of, and Host of “Rick on Life“. Rick is a contributing columnist for Read My Mind Magazine, an online and hard copy publication. Rick is published on various platforms including,, a Top Ten ( literary blog.

Rick published his first book, If Only I Had a Dad: Finding Freedom From Fatherlessness, a Memoir in December 2016. He has also published a Companion Workbook of the same title. Rick is currently working on a book of inspirational and thought-provoking poetry as well as his second book.

Rick is an Ordained Minister, traveled extensively as an Evangelist, and Pastored several churches before embarking on his journey as a Transformational Life Coach. As a Certified Behavioral Analyst, with the Institute of Motivational living, Rick believes determining why we do what we do is critical to effecting positive change in our individual lives.

Rick is in the final stages of developing an online training platform to accompany his live events, and one-on-one coaching sessions. Rick has attended countless seminars and training programs in personal development and has acquired an awareness of the deep disconnection brought on by a lack of understanding of the principles of compassion, empathy, and love. Rick is an optimist and believes strongly that the key to peace of mind, and a more peaceful world is found in personal responsibility.

Rick is highly visible on social media websites and engages with his community regularly. Rick is a consummate mentor accepting the mission of sharing his insights for living a rich, rewarding, and fulfilling life. Rick is an avid researcher and is committed to being a life-long learner. In an ever-changing world, Rick remains a lover of people.

Rick has been married to his wife, Tina, for 36 years. Has three grown children, four granddaughters, one grandson and three great-grandsons.

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