Butterflies in your stomach about facing your client (or, from the other direction, your editor)? Here’s a secret: use Skype. Files these days are usually swapped by e-mail, but this is worth the extra time. One of my clients introduced me to the wonders of discussing writing over Skype, and it’s a really terrific tool. Aside from being reasonably easy, and free, it allows both sides to avoid ruffled feathers thanks its restoration of two old-fashioned aspects of communication: tone of voice and facial expression. But here’s the best part: you can share screens! That saves a lot of time when you’re discussing the details of a long, complicated manuscript.