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15 Mar 2019

HOW TO WRITE THE PERFECT NONFICTION BOOK PROPOSAL: TIPS FOR PITCHING YOUR BOOK AND GETTING PUBLISHED

Can you secure a book deal before you even finish writing the book? Sounds too good to be true, but if the book is nonfiction, it’s in the realm of possibility. It all starts with a book proposal. As an expert, you know your subject and have plenty to say. Writing a nonfiction book is […]

04 Mar 2019

THE EDITOR’S GUIDE TO CAPITALIZATION AFTER COLONS

When it comes to proper punctuation and grammar, editors have a lot of rules to keep track of. And to make things even more challenging, the rules tend to change or differ, depending on which guide you are following. One rule that constantly comes into question is whether or not the word following a colon […]

25 Feb 2019

HOW TO BECOME A GREAT SELF-EDITOR: 7 QUESTIONS TO IMPROVE YOUR WRITING

We’ve said it before, and we’ll probably say it again: Editing is an essential part of the writing process. Every writer — from the bestselling novelist to the complete novice — can benefit from a thorough review by a critical, impartial eye. Of course, it’s hard to be critical and impartial about your own work. […]

28 Jan 2019

SANS FORGETICA: A FONT TO HELP READERS REMEMBER

As a general rule, we writers tend to favor fonts that are practical and easy to read. While Baskerville Old Face and Lucinda Calligraphy are fun, it is highly unlikely that you will ever see them printed in a book. But what if we are doing it all wrong? What if the “easy” fonts such as […]

16 Jan 2019

THE GREAT OXFORD COMMA DEBATE

It is one of the greatest debates in the English-speaking world… To Oxford comma, or not to Oxford comma. While it is technically a grammatical option in American English, there are many people who feel very passionate about the Oxford (or serial) comma. In fact, this silly little comma has been the topic of debate […]

29 Oct 2018

COMMONLY USED PRINTING AND PUBLISHING TERMS

To a first-time author, few stages of the book-writing process are as overwhelming as publishing and printing. You’ll make decisions about everything from cover art to paper quality. You’ll have to decide which printing option is right for you and your readers. You’ll need to have opinions about whether you want a prologue or an […]

31 Jan 2018

WHAT KIND OF EDITING DO I NEED?

“Can you edit this?” It’s arguably one of the vaguest requests heard in the world of editing and publishing. That’s because there are multiple types of editing, and they often mean something very different to each party in the editing relationship – the writer and the editor. A basic Internet search of “types of editing” […]

28 Dec 2017

A PROOFREADER’S CHECKLIST

Proofreading can be scary at times because it carries so much responsibility. The proofreader must deliver a product that is as perfect as humanly possible. In some businesses, the proofreader is the last person to touch a document, making the final changes before it is published. Like editing, proofreading can require a light or a […]

29 Aug 2017

INTERVIEW: THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN EDITING AND PROOFREADING

With traditional publishing on the decrease — self-published books represented 31 percent of  e-book sales on Amazon’s Kindle Store in 2014 — more authors than ever shoulder the responsibility of making sure their books contain clean, polished, and accurate copy. That means, ideally, that they’re hiring professionals to fine-tune their manuscripts once the writing is complete. The […]

24 Sep 2016

TEST YOUR GRAMMAR KNOWLEDGE

Can you spot the 10 errors in the paragraph below?   Click here to view the answers!

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