Being a demanding self-editor is a must if you want to be the best writer you can be. What's the point of pouring weeks, months, or years into a manuscript, then settling for something other than your very best work?

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BookBaby president Brian Felsen interviewed Constance Hale, an American writer based in Oakland, California and Cambridge, Massachusetts. Her journalism has appeared in metropolitan newspapers and national magazines, but she is best known for her books on language: Sin and Syntax and Wired Style. In this clip, Hale talks about the rigorous, 7-step self-editing process she goes through with every piece before showing her work to editors, writing groups, or trusted friends.

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Want to know how to format your Word document before converting it into an eBook? Here's how to prepare your book manuscript to become an eBook.

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