Does your book need an epilogue? What purpose can an epilogue serve? Also... is including an epilogue only for certain genres? Watch & learn ;).
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 ;).
[VIDEO] Lesson 005: Foreword, Intro, Preface, Prologue - Front Matter Essentials - Anatomy of a Book
What's the difference between these four front matter elements? How do you know which one (or two) to include within your book? Does genre make a difference? Find out in today's lesson about the foreword, introduction, preface, and prologue of a book.
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.
If you've ever looked into self-publishing your own books, you probably realized very quickly that there's a lot more to it than what it sounds like. That initial realization can send even the smartest and toughest authors into analysis paralysis and a general feeling of overwhelm.
Fortunately, there are lots and lots of resources online for learning everything you need to know, the No Bull Blog included ;).
To make sure I focus exactly on your needs, I thought it would be a good idea to ask you seasoned self-pubbers out there:
What aspects of the self-publishing process drive you batshit crazy? Email me or leave a comment on this post =).
Read on to learn about some of my most frustrating experiences in self-publishing.
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.
Some thoughts & observations on taking pride in your work as an independent author. You can read a full article on this topic in a previous blog post. These are just some thoughts & observations from my time being an editor, self-publishing consultant, and contractor. I hope you find it useful =).
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.
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