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 …

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Guest Post: Pro Tips for Editing Your Book Efficiently and Effectively

By Mariah You've finally written that book, and you are so proud of your efforts. It may have been very long in the making, and you are ecstatic to be so close to the finish line. There is still some work that needs to be done on it; it needs to be checked for grammatical …

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 …

Guest Post: 6 Tips on How to Fulfill Your Publishing Resolution

By Keith Ogorek Keith Ogorek is the President of Author Learning Center, an online author education community. It’s that time of year when many people make resolutions and set goals they want to accomplish in the coming year. For some, that includes writing and publishing a book, but they are not sure where to begin or how …

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 …

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 …

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, …