On LGBTQ+ editing: Characters

This is the first in a mini-series of posts looking LGBTQ+ fiction editing. By LGBTQ+ fiction, I mean any fiction that features LGBTQ+ characters. From erotica to science fiction, stopping off at romance, fantasy and historical. No genre should now be without LGBTQ+ representation.

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Commas and adjectives

This blog post comes as a result of question posed. If you have a question you’d like answering, feel free to get in touch and I’ll do my best to answer.

When do you need to use a comma when listing adjectives and why do you see no comma between some adjectives?

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Self-publishing skills: Learning and getting better!

Welcome to the final post in this series, dedicated to self-publishing. Keep an eye out for a free e-book of these posts. But do make sure you subscribe to this blog and get more insight from the editor’s desk!

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So that’s it! You’ve written your book. Designed it, inside and out. Publicised it, sold it, and managed your finances and time effectively.

That’s it then. Well, yes and no.

While it’s tempting to bask in the glory of your success there are a few things you could be reflecting on before you start your next book or writing project.

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Self-publishing skills: Time management

Welcome to part nine, the penultimate post, in this series. Remember to subscribe to get more delivered direct to your inbox!

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Writing, marketing, selling, editing, designing, typesetting … just how do you find all the time?

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Self-publishing skills: Accounting and finance

Welcome to part eight of this series of blog posts about self-publishing. For the latest updates, do make sure you subscribe.

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As a self-publishing author, you are really a small publisher. And with that, will come income (hopefully) but there will definitely be costs! Keeping on top off this is key and you’ll need to learn to be an accountant, as well as all the other things you need to learn.

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Self-publishing skills: Selling your books

Welcome back to another look into the skills you’ll need as a self-publishing author. Last time we looked at publicity, now let’s look at selling your newly made book. Remember you can subscribe to get the latest blog posts direct to your inbox!

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We spoke last time about publicity. Let’s talk now about, what you do when people start wanting to buy your book. How do you sell books and how do you get them out there?

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Self-publishing skills: Publicity

Welcome to part six of this series of posts, all about self-publishing! Do make sure you subscribe to get all the latest updates direct to your inbox.

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Congratulations! You’ve made a book!

After all that hard work and investment, you can’t afford to sit back and expect the readers to fall at your feet: it’s time to start shouting about it. We’ll look at the specifics of selling in the following post, so make sure you come back for that one. Today, we’re simply looking at publicity.

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Self-publishing skills: Proofreading

Welcome to the fifth in this series of blog posts all about self-publishing. Do make sure you follow the blog to get all the latest updates direct to your inbox.

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“I need a proofreader!” cries the self-publishing author.

Very often, however, the term “proofreading” gets mixed up with “editing”. See an earlier blog post about the differences here.

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Self-publishing skills: Typesetting

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So, you just copy and paste your words into the page and that’ll do. Right?

Sadly not.

Typesetting is the crucial stage of getting your words into a format that will work on the page. It is closely tied in with all the design skills you need and that we looked at in the previous post. If you haven’t done so already, why not take a look at that?

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Self-publishing skills: Designing

Welcome back to the third in this series of self-publishing skills. Today we will be looking at the skill of designing the great cover.

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