—Mark Levine, CEO of Hillcrest Media Group and author of The Fine Print of Self-Publishing
Even in self-publishing—perhaps especially in self-publishing—editing remains a critical step toward publishing a high-quality, professional book. But how do new authors go from finishing their first manuscripts to actually working with an editor?
For authors new to independent publishing, the idea of hiring a professional editor can be daunting. Concerns may include:
What does an editor do?
Do I really need an editor for my book?
How do I know what kind of editing my book needs?
Where can I find beta readers?
How can I find a great editor when I’m not an editor myself?
How to Hire an Editor shows authors new to the publishing process how to make sure their manuscripts receive the editorial attention they deserve, even with a self-publisher’s unique production schedule, budget constraints, and publishing goals.
Author and editor Sarah Kolb-Williams provides an in-depth look at the editing process squarely from a self-publishing perspective. She breaks the complex world of editing down into manageable pieces, making the entire process a little more accessible and a little less overwhelming for authors who have never worked with a professional editor before.
If you know you need editing but you’re just not sure where to start, How to Hire an Editor will demystify the process. You’ll discover effective ways to self-edit, work with beta readers, avoid scams and unqualified editors, and find the perfect editor for your book.
This book will show you how by focusing first on the structural aspects of a great book and then getting down to the nitty gritty of copy editing and proofreading.
Not sure if the beginning will hook the reader? Think your pacing might be off? Is something not quite right but you don’t know what it is? Learn how to analyse what’s not working in your manuscript and get tips on how to fix it.
Claire Boston has been writing, mentoring and judging competitions for more than ten years and continues to see the same issues in beginner writers’ work. She made the same mistakes when she was starting out. With her help you can avoid the pitfalls and ensure your manuscript is the best it can be before you submit it.
Updated with all-new writing exercises, Spunk & Bite will help writers take books, articles, business reports, memos, and even e-mail messages to the next level.
From the Trade Paperback edition.
- Stand-out style techniques, from accessing an authentic voice to applying techniques of "wordsmithing" that transform prose
- How to rewrite characterization for dimensionality, a universal need, and theme
- Adjustment suggestions to match the prose style and structure of specific genres
- Correct grammar, punctuation, spelling, and style
- Strategies to strengthen story beginnings and endings
- Methods for increasing plot stakes, creating movement, and adjusting pace for maximum suspense
Everyone knows that writing can be improved by the simple process of reviewing, editing, and rewriting, but many struggle with how to go about critiquing their own work—be it a letter to a friend, an important business document, or an academic essay. Fortunately, help is at hand in Rewrite Right! The skills needed to revise your work are surprisingly easy to learn and a cinch to incorporate into everyday writing routines. This practical guide describes in clear, direct language how to effectively rewrite a report, letter, essay, or article, so that writers of all levels can improve the quality of their work and harness the power of language.
Want to know how to write more powerfully? You've come to the right book. Word Up!—an eclectic collection of essays, more inspiration guide than style guide—serves up tips and insights for anyone who wants to know how to write with umph.
Word Up! does what too few writing books do: it practices while preaching, shows while telling, uses powerful writing to talk about powerful writing.
Word Up! explores the perplexities and celebrates the pleasures of the English language. It leaves you smiling—and ready to conquer your next blank (or blah) page.
If you are self-publishing, then don’t turn off your readers with the 10 fatal writing errors described in this ebook, including confused tenses, head-hopping points of view, and dialogue without subtext.
Each and every mistake is easy to fix once you know how. Each chapter begins with a diagram containing solutions to punctuation problems that may have eluded you for years, including tricky apostrophes, dashes and semicolons.
From Chapter 9, Semicolonic Cleansing: “Semicolons are punctuation bling. They look flashy and like to strut their stuff. But much of the time, novice writers just stuff them up.”