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Book Doctor Bobbie Christmas owns Zebra Communications, a book-editing firm in metro Atlanta. She not only edits books, she also helps writers power up their prose to increase their chances of success. She is the author of Write In Style (Union Square Publishing), a creative-writing guide that won three awards.

Experience in the area

Bobbie has spent more than 40 years in the publishing and communications industry and has run Zebra Communications, a book-editing company, since 1992. The editor of many publications and periodicals, she has worked with book publishers and trade magazine publishers as well as working in marketing communications and corporate communications.


Past president, Georgia Writers Association; past vice president, South Carolina Writers Workshop; charter/lifelong member, Florida Writers Association; Southeastern Writers Association; Atlanta Writers Club; Society for the Preservation of English Language and Literature (SPELL); International Guild of Professional Consultants


Write in Style (Union Square Publishing), A Cup of Comfort (Adams Media Corporation), A Cup of Comfort for Friends (Adams Media), A Cup of Comfort for Mothers and Sons (Adams Media), Haunted Engounters (Atriad Press), Remembering Woolworth's (St. Martin's Press), First-Time Home Buyer magazine, HomeBusiness Journal, Apparel Industry Magazine, Edge Magazine, Atlanta Jewish Times, Time Travel Australia, American Writers Review, Points North, That's Entertainment, Atlanta Parent, Agnes Scott Alumnae Magazine, etc.


Journalism: University of South Carolina plus four decades of working in publishing, marketing, communications, advertising, newspaper and magazine production, book publishing, etc.

Awards and Honors

First Place, nonfiction, Georgia Writers Annual Contest, 2005; First Place, education, Royal Palm Literary Award, 2004; Best in Division, Georgia Author of the Year Awards, 2005; Finalist, Best Books 2005, USA BookNews Third Place, nonfiction, Georgia Writers, 1999; Nominated for Georgia Author of the Year, 1998; plus many other awards

Past/Present Clients

Capital Books, Sourcebooks, Olin Frederick, The Writer's Machine, Russell Dean & Company, Outskirts Press, and hundreds of writers.

What do you like about this subject?

Words are my favorite building blocks, and I love all aspects of writing, editing, and publishing. I also love helping others achieve their goals of getting published.

What do you still hope to achieve/learn in this field?

I have several more books I want to write. I have already begun writing several, and others are still in my head.

Something interesting about this subject that others may not know:

Only one percent of all books written today are accepted by traditional publishers (not self-published). Your manuscript must be better and more polished than ninety-nine percent of every other manuscript submitted. I help writers achieve that goal.

Something controversial or provocative about this subject

Although self-publishing has become popular, most self-published books have a dismal sales record. If you self-publish your book, it had better be the best it can be.

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2016-11-30 Is this a book idea or not...:

Dear Lance:    I've thought long and hard about this set of questions before I sat down to respond.     First, the unifying element (not theory) that ties all those things together is simply that in one

2016-10-02 general writing layout:

Congratulations, Liz, on starting the process correctly by creating the book in standard manuscript format.     Standard manuscript format calls twelve-point type, usually Times New Roman or Courier New

2016-05-19 Breaking up book into chapters:

If it were me, I would list the sections in the table of contents and then under each section list the titles of each item that appears in that section and the page numbers that start those items, be they

2016-05-19 Breaking up book into chapters:

As you have probably learned, no rules exist for breaking books into chapters. The only thing that applies is that information should flow in a logical manner. Does this mean it has to be chronological?

2015-12-03 any time vs. anytime:

Although conceivably either could be used, in my opinion, the second one is preferred in this case, because “anytime” as one word means “at any time” or “whenever it seems convenient or appropriate.” If


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