Self-publishing skills: Editing

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In last post, I said it’s best not to edit as you write. So, we should probably look at what editing means.

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Self-publishing skills: Writing with grit and determination

This is the first in a new series of blog posts looking at all the skills you need to become a self-published writer. Make sure you subscribe to or follow the blog to get all the latest updates, tips and articles.

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It’s said that everyone has a book in them. And that’s probably true. More than one, possibly. We dream, we imagine, we say “what if?” and play out lots of scenarios in our heads.

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Book review: United Queerdom

By Dan Glass

Part memoir, part queer history book and part instruction manual, Dan Glass’s United Queerdom brilliantly explains the struggle.

Many people would believe, with gay marriage and many other rights now enshrined in law, that the fight is over. Pride in London moved from being a protest march to a parade back in the early 2000s, what is there left to do?

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By Dan Glass

Part memoir, part queer history book and part instruction manual, Dan Glass’s United Queerdom brilliantly explains the struggle.

Many people would believe, with gay marriage and many other rights now enshrined in law, that the fight is over. Pride in London moved from being a protest march to a parade back in the early 2000s, what is there left to do?

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Fact in fiction

Just because the characters and the story have come from your imagination, there is still a place for fact in fiction. Getting that right is key – and is also just one of a number of things that your editor will be checking.

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Emails, tweets, texts …

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Emails, texts, tweets and status updates. They are everywhere in our lives and so, increasingly, they are finding their way into novels.

But exactly how do you show this emails, texts, tweets and the like in your own writing?

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Money makes the world go round

It does, indeed, make the world go round. It also makes books fabulous!

I’ve written before about how, as a self-publishing author, you need to copy the professional publishers. Therefore, you really should budget for certain things and editing and proofreading is one of those things.

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I’ve written before about how, as a self-publishing author, you need to copy the professional publishers. Therefore, you really should budget for certain things and editing and proofreading is one of those things.

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Writers’ and Artists’ Yearbook 2021

I’ve blogged before about some of the essential tools of the trade. And this is another vital book for any writer, editor or anybody else who regularly works with words.

This year’s edition of the Writers’ and Artists’ Yearbook 2021 is the one hundred and fourteenth, the first published way back in 1906. And it has been a staple on any writer’s desk ever since.

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I’ve blogged before about some of the essential tools of the trade. And this is another vital book for any writer, editor or anybody else who regularly works with words.

This year’s edition of the Writers’ and Artists’ Yearbook 2021 is the one hundred and fourteenth, the first published way back in 1906. And it has been a staple on any writer’s desk ever since.

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Watch your tail

Bandits at six o’clock. By now, I expect you’re out in the street, arms outstretched, making neeeeawww noises and machine gunning the neighbours’ homes.

Okay, so maybe not! But I do want to check your tail: specifically, the tails on your apostrophes.

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Okay, so maybe not! But I do want to check your tail: specifically, the tails on your apostrophes.

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It depends…

Often, as an editor, I’m asked about what’s right. People assume that there are rules, after all, language can’t be completely random can it?

Well, very often there is no right answer. It depends!

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Going italic for Italian

Let’s not get laissez-faire over this. There are rules! So, settle down with your café noir, if that’s your preference, and let’s discuss italics.

Look back at the opening paragraph. There are two foreign language terms in there: laissez-faire and café noir. Did you see how one is in italic but one isn’t. Why is that? Damn, that’s inconsistent I hear you cry!

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Look back at the opening paragraph. There are two foreign language terms in there: laissez-faire and café noir. Did you see how one is in italic but one isn’t. Why is that? Damn, that’s inconsistent I hear you cry!

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