Guest Post: How to Balance Writing Your Novel and the Rest of Your Life

By Josh T. It seems like whenever you try to sit down and write your novel, life gets even crazier. In all likelihood, you have another job to support you and your family or you have school to deal with. Where is the time to write? It’s there, but you may have to make a …

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Indie Authors: Self-Editing Before Getting Your Manuscript Edited

Editing is an important step to publishing, both indie and traditional. A book that is poorly edited can be a big turn off to readers. Bridget McKenna gives an example in her post, "Why I Didn't Keep Reading Your Book, Part 2": Your opening sentence demonstrated that you don’t know the difference between “number,” which …

Indie Authors: Editing Tips to Attract Readers and Save Money

No first draft is perfect. That's why editing is such an important step in the writing and publishing process. There are a few types of editing: Developmental editing Line editing Proofreading In a nutshell, developmental editing looks at the big picture of a story, and makes sure the tone is consistent and things make sense. …

Guest Post: 6 Questions (and Answers!) about Editing Contracts You’ll Want to Know

Editor's note: For more information on what to include in an editing contract, see Megan's "8 Must-Haves for Freelance Editing Contracts." By Megan Harris If your book is complete, or in the process of being completed, you may start to think about the next steps involving your book–namely, hiring an editor to help you polish …

Editing Tips and Resources for Authors

When it comes to editing your book, authors have a lot of options. The first step is to self-edit. This can help cut down on costs later when you start working with a professional editor (which I highly recommend doing). Jane Friedman has a great post on how to write a book in three drafts. There's …

Indie Authors: Writing and Publishing Tools

It seems that every day I come across a new site or tool that can help with writing, editing, promoting, or pretty much any stage in the publishing process. (The Book Designer has a great article explaining why authors should embrace new technologies.) Here are links to a few of the best ones: Writing Citation …

Indie Authors: Using Collaboration Tools

Indie authors have a lot of options when it comes to the tools they work with, and nowadays there are more and more tools that allow for productive collaboration. Below are just a few: Ice. A content editing tool on Github that lets you customize editing styles. The Substance Composer. Includes two-panel editing, DIY publishing, …

Indie Authors: Working with Beta Readers

Beta readers are amazing. They can help find plot holes, grammar mistakes, and other issues with manuscripts. They help save you time and money with editing. And they are part of your fan base, and a great first marketing step for a book. According to Belinda Williams, it’s important to find the right kind of …

Poetica, A New Editing Tool

Very recently, a new tool for editing called Poetica (that I've been waiting on for nearly two years, since I first heard about it at Books in Browsers) launched. Poetica was created to bring the elegance and trust of paper editing to the digital world. As you can see in the image above, editors can …