Nancy L. Erickson joined our September BookBaby Twitter Chat to talk about how to produce a professional manuscript, including some of the common mistakes a new author often makes.

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In my years of coaching writers, I’ve seen manuscripts from many a new author. The manuscripts I receive normally come from nonprofessional writers who have experienced or learned something they feel compelled to share. But because they aren’t professional writers – some of them may not have written since they were in school – the work is often substandard. Here are 10 common mistakes new writers make. You can avoid all of them!

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Common Author Mistakes[This article was written by guest contributor Bobbi Linkemer.]

If you're a first-time author, you may feel like a stranger in a strange land.

Welcome to the world of book publishing.

If you don’t know your way around, you may make wrong turns and unnecessary blunders, but you can also avoid these common mistakes if you know what they are in advance.

Mistake #1: You mention to people that you’re writing a book …

… and they become instantly fascinated. "You are? That’s terrific. What’s it about?” they ask.

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