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How to Review Your Edit: A Microsoft Word Track Changes Tutorial

When you review your edit in Microsoft Word’s Track Changes for the first time, it 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, strikethroughs, highlighted text, dotted lines connecting markup to margin notes… What happened to …

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How to Number Manuscript 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 spot an uninformed effort a mile away. Savvy readers may find an unconventional or …

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How to Vet a Book Editor (and Avoid the Fakes, Flakes, and Factories)

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. …

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