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The no-hoper’s guide to submitting your draft to an editor

You can help the editorial process along by following these masterful tips on submitting manuscripts for editing: Please use as many fonts, colours and styles as you can. It looks pretty, doesn’t it? It won’t at all distract me from the editing process. Never use Word...

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Choosing book categories when self-publishing

If you are self-publishing your book via Amazon's CreateSpace, Lulu, IngramSpark or the like, you will probably be asked during the process of listing your book for sale what BISAC (Book Industry Standards and Communications) and/or BIC (Book Industry Communication)...

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What to do with your proofreader’s PDF markup

Proofreading is usually done these days using a PDF file of the layout. Once the designer or author has laid out the book or article ready for publication, that's when proofreading happens to make sure everything is in the right place and to catch any last-minute...

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How to find expert proofreaders and editors

Did you know that there is a free searchable UK directory of professionally qualified proofreaders and editors, writers and more on the website of the Society for Editors and Proofreaders (SfEP)? It's the first place I direct enquiries to if I'm not available or I...

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Is my company singular or plural?

I was recently asked this question by a client: I often get confused over these, so which is correct? [company] guarantee confidentiality OR [company] guarantees confidentiality and [company] have developed OR [company] has developed Firstly, I’m pleased he asked, as...

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Should you do your own book layout?

OK, I admit it, I’m one of those people who likes to think I can have a go at anything. Take my bathroom shower. It started leaking. It looked like it just needed a new line of sealant around the tray. How hard could that be? I set to picking off the old stuff. Then I...

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Quick tips for authors on submitting your draft to an editor

You can help the editorial process along – and save money and time – by following these quick tips on submitting manuscripts for editing: Don’t try to make your document look like a finished product/book, with pretty fonts and formatting, as I'll probably strip that...

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