Editing

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

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These Manuscript Mistakes Can Sabotage The Editing Process

Your manuscript stands ready for professional editing. Or does it? Here is a list of manuscript mistakes that can hamper your editors efforts to improve your work and get it ready for publication.
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Green-light editing: What makes publication-quality text?

Publication-quality text is what agents, editors, and readers are looking for — and they can tell whether you have it in the first paragraph, or even the first sentence.
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If you don’t pay for book editing, it’s going to cost you

God only knows why Dr. Tony Lewis, the president of Christian Bible Institute and Seminary in Spring, Texas, didn’t get professional editing for his book. “Something was telling me I should have paid to have it edited,” he says. “Had I done that, it would saved me a lot of money in the long run.
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Crutch Words: Why They Cripple Your Writing

In a conversation, "crutch words" give you an extra second to think of what to say. In writing, they are glaring annoyances that destroy your writing style.
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7 ways an algorithm can help you write a better novel

Like any craft, the beauty of writing lies in the creative process combined with the workmanship and joinery that lie beneath the surface. So writers, don’t panic! You’re not out of a job. Apple’s next major innovation is not going to be the iTolstoy. Please carry on writing wonderful stories for us to read. But, while a computer program can’t generate a compelling narrative or sympathetic characters, it might help make a good story even better. It's where technology can make a difference.
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Four Mistakes Indie Authors Make With Their Book Description

Think of your book description as the most important sales pitch of your life. Every word must count, every idea must serve to rope readers in. Too often, indie authors fall short and lose readers to a book with better promo copy.
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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.

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