Does Your Book Need an Introduction, Preface, or Foreword?

Preface, Foreword, or Introduction—which of these, if any, does your book need, and how are they different from each other? I’ll give you my advice as a substantive/developmental book editor with two decades' experience editing both fiction and nonfiction. Novels don’t need any of them. Novels may, however, need a Prologue. (See my article Does Your Novel Need a Prologue? ... Read More

Developmental Edit or Substantive Edit? Is There a Difference?

As a book editor, I’m sometimes asked what the difference is between a developmental edit and a substantive edit. Authors typically use the first term to mean something different than what it originally meant to editors. In so doing, they’ve created a new (popular) meaning for the term. This leads to all sorts of confusion, which hopefully this article will ... Read More

How to Write an Author Bio Page

How to write an author bio page … this question may have you scratching your head when you get to the end of your manuscript. Also called the About the Author page, your bio must follow book-publishing protocol for it to sound professional. As a book editor, I see lots of authors make mistakes with this page, so let me ... Read More

Branding Your Book with Your Book Title and Cover

Branding is as important for a book as it is for a business, and branding starts with your book title. As a developmental book editor, I advise on the book title, helping authors see how their  proposed wording is likely to strike their target audience. A book title needs to convey the genre and indicate the nature of the content, ... Read More

Crafting an Irresistible Book Title

"A rose by any other name would smell as sweet," said Shakespeare, but clearly he wasn’t talking about book titles. When it comes to choosing the right book title, the name is everything. Why is it so important? Because your book title, along with your book cover, are the first things a prospective reader or buyer are going to see. ... Read More