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.
The tired old maxim is to not judge a book by its cover. Sadly, when it comes to sales, that doesn’t cut it. Think about where you want your book to be sold, be that in a bricks-and-mortar bookshop or online and when you see books for sale, the first thing you see is the cover.
This is the second in a series of blog posts about 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. In last post, I said it’s best not to edit as you write. So, we should probablyContinue reading “Self-publishing skills: Editing”
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.
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.
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?
Not many editors will publicly discuss their rates. That’s not to be secretive or because we want to hide extortionate fees. It’s because there isn’t a one-budget-fits-all approach to pricing an editing or proofreading job.
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.
We are not going to look at apostrophes for possession today, perhaps I’ll cover that soon. Instead, we are going to look at apostrophes that are used for contractions: the shortening of words.
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!