Today’s post offers 10 expert tips on how to improve your proofreading skills. The question of how to stay focused when proofing came up in a recent conversation with a client. We were both working on her Word manuscript for submission to a literary agent. After we’d completed about a hundred pages, we exchanged status […]
Whether you’re a writer who is just starting out or you’re an author who has been publishing books for years, developing and maintaining a successful author-editor relationship is key. Why Is the Author-Editor Relationship So Important? Not only will a quality professional editor improve your manuscript and advance it toward being published, but their edits
In this post, I’ll provide a Microsoft Word Track Changes tutorial to explain how to apply your editor’s markup. Reviewing your edit on screen for the first time can be alarming. (I used to describe it as “seizure-inducing,” but my editor suggested I cut back on the hyperbole. He’s right, of course.) Coloured insertions, underlines,
In this post, I’ll cover how to number pages for a self-published book layout. The smallest element on your manuscript page—the page number—can often be the biggest headache when preparing for your self-published book layout. Page numbers can also make a big impact on whether your finished book looks amateurish or professional. Publishing types can
In this post, I’ll review how to format your manuscript before you send it to your editor. Once you’ve hired an expert book editor, how do you format your manuscript to make sure it’s “editor-ready”? Likely you’ve already completed some of the formatting steps below. But it’s important to do another run-through before you hit
Your manuscript is ready for editing. But when you google “hire a book editor,” a mere 70 million+ results show up—and that number increases daily. Wait… What? Clearly there’s no shortage of editors, but are they any good? The self-publishing boom, turbo-charged by the global pandemic, has created a glut of self-proclaimed professionals for hire.