Editing

Insights, advice and articles on the importance of editing your book before publishing.

beta reader

How to be a good beta reader

When you read for an author, what do you offer? These eight considerations form a kind of code of conduct that can help a writer and beta reader get the most from one another.
developmental editor

Things You Might Hear From A Developmental Editor

Within the domain of book editing, a developmental editor will assess content and story structure. Go to one when you want to see if your story "works."
Marie Kondo

What Marie Kondo Can Teach Us About Decluttering Our Prose

When "Tidying Up" aired early in January 2019 on Netflix, hordes of fans clamored for more of Marie Kondo's animism when dealing with all their "stuff." Kondo peddles the concept of perfect control over your things instead of letting your things control you. Writers, we can take a page out of Kondo's book.
red pen

Red Pen Praising: The Best Thing You Can Do For A Writer

This twist on editing can turn those red marks on the page into something a writer craves. Red pen praising only highlights the best of a writer's work.
Online tools to revise your work

Online tools that will help you revise your writing

Hiring an editor is an important step in publishing a book-length manuscript. And now BookBaby offers an affordable editing service for authors. But for smaller projects — short stories, essays, academic assignments —it's not always possible to get a professional editor to check your grammar and structure before submitting. But you can still bring your writing skills to perfection when you access the right tools.
book editing

How To Turn A Good Manuscript Into A Great Manuscript

Self-editing can be harder than writing because we grow to love our creations, and we often have difficulty seeing them objectively. We have a hard time destroying the little superfluous bits that keep our manuscripts from greatness because it feels like we’re destroying pieces of ourselves.
first-time authors

Book Publishing Blunders of First-Time Authors

Author, book publishing expert, and coach Judith Briles (AKA The Book Shepherd) joined our February #BBchat Twitter Chat to discuss book publishing blunders for first-time authors.

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