The table of contents is a common part of any book, but you don't always need to include one (depending on your book's genre, purpose, and audience). But when can you make an exception without damaging your book's marketability and sales? Here are five things to take into consideration when you're deciding whether a TOC is necessary for your book or not.
Revising & Self-Editing: How to Polish Your Manuscript to Get the Most Valuable Feedback from Your Editor
And what, exactly, is the difference between revising and editing? Revisions are a part of your job as a writer, while edits are mainly there to make sure your writing is presentable and correct. While you handle bigger issues such as sequence of events, scene placement, plot structure, and character development during the revision process, an editor is there to focus on the finer details such as word choice, sentence structure, punctuation, and spelling, one line at a time. So... how can you make sure your manuscript is ready for your editor? Read on to learn some general as well as more specific ideas to get your book in tip top shape =).
When you think of an author bio, what comes to mind? How many author bios have you read over the years? Do some stand out more than others?
If you’re anything like me and most of today’s western society, your attention span is about the size of a walnut’s. We seek instant gratification, entertainment, and a great story, and the author plays a part in how we perceive their work. And how do we “get to know” an author if all we have to go on is their book? Yup. Their bio.
You may have heard the terms, "traditional publishing," "vanity publishing," "indie publishing," and, "self-publishing," but what do those terms actually mean, and which publishing choice is the right one for you and your book(s)? And when you think you've found the right one, how do they actually work? Whether you're new to the literary world or have been familiar with this industry for years, the one thing to keep in mind is that the entire industry has been turned on its head by self-publishing, and it doesn't look like this massive change has settled yet. Let's discuss =).
Whether you’re new to self-publishing or not, it isn’t uncommon to forget some of the sections that authors put into their books. And does every book need a foreword? What’s the difference between a foreword, an introduction, a prologue, and a preface? What about a table of contents? And how do you know what to put on the copyright page? People don’t usually read the copyright page, but it’s important because it protects you and your work.
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