What kinds of books need references? What kinds need resources? What's the difference? Check out this 8th lesson in the free mini-course, What Goes in Your Book Besides Your Book? Watch & learn ;).
What is the purpose of having a conclusion at the end of your book? What about a "final thoughts" section? Can you have one or the other of these in a fictional book? Or is this limited to nonfiction? Watch & learn. ;)
How detailed should your TOC be? Do all books need a table of contents? Do some need it more than others? And what do you need to know about an interactive or linked table of contents? Check out today's lesson to learn more.
You may be wondering if that's even possible... or allowed. Disagreeing with your editor? Hm. Well, yes... you may, in fact, disagree with your editor if there are no set-in-stone rules about the particular instance in question. In many cases, there are two or more different ways of writing something correctly, and sometimes one is just considered more formal than the other. No matter what the case, the way in which you present your opinion to your editor is often more important than whatever is going on in your manuscript.
If you've written a book (or anything else for that matter - let's travel back to English class for a few, shall we?), you've probably gotten at least a little bit familiar with the idea of working with an editor. Not yet? Hey, that's okay, too. No matter where you find yourself today, these seven tips will help you to make the most of your time with your editor, which in turn will make your book its absolute best.
This month on the No Bull Blog we're covering a lot of information about why you should hire an editor (if at all possible) and how to go about doing so. But how do you determine whether an editor is good or not? Even if you're working with a shoestring budget, you can probably find an editor who has the right qualities but may not have realized it yet (like me when I first started by entering into an unpaid internship with phati'tude Literary Magazine and the IAAS). Even though I had already done some editing work for numerous people over the years (since I was about 15), I never seriously pursued it until I began self-publishing and recognized a need for affordable editing services.
The point is, you may be able to give someone with a great deal of talent a decent beginning while they help you polish and finalize your book without breaking the bank. To determine whether someone is a good editor, you should look for several personal traits and ask some very specific questions of your potential editor. Read on to learn more.
In my years of working in self-publishing, I've heard numerous stories from authors who tried to hire an editor and either got taken for a ride or the quality of work wasn't worth the pricing. Of course the opposite happens, too - as an editor, I've had people hire me only to cancel, ignore instructions, and try to get me to work for free or keep the edited body of work without paying. The truth is that, no matter who you are or what you do, there are always "bad eggs" among people, which is why you should do your due diligence before hiring anyone independently.
It is generally recommended that authors get feedback from people on their book before they publish, and this rings especially true if you plan to self-publish. Though hiring an editor isn't always mandatory, it certainly helps to bring the story together more professionally as well as eliminating most or all mistakes within the book. However, in order to save you time and money, there are a few things you can do before entering into any kind of editing agreement to help make the process faster, less tedious, and in many cases, less expensive.
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 =).
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