Writing Your Book’s Back-Cover Copy

So you’ve written your book, you’ve chosen your title and cover design, and you’re breathing a sigh of relief. Now you have to decide what goes on the back cover. New authors sometimes rush this decision, writing the first thing that comes to mind. After all, it’s the back of the book. How important can it be? A lot more important than a person might think. The first hundred …

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Professional Book Editing: Lots More than a Grammar Check

If you are an author seeking professional book editing, you need to know there are several kinds of editing to choose from. If you're confident that your content is well-organized and beautifully written (and if your assumption is correct), all you need is a copy edit: essentially, a grammar and punctuation check. Some people call this a proofread. Different Kinds ... Read More

Novel-Editing Services: What to Expect, What to Watch Out for

So you’ve finished writing your novel, and now you’re in need of novel-editing services. What should you, as an author, expect a fiction editor to provide, and what do you need to watch out for? Novel Editors versus Other Editors First, make sure you hire someone with professional training in fiction editing. You don’t want to settle for just a ... Read More

How to Structure Your Novel

If you are confused about how to structure your novel, I congratulate you. It means you at least realize a structure of some kind is necessary. That places you miles ahead of most beginning novelists, who typically plunge ahead into the writing, inspired by a cool initial idea. Many hours later, they realize they’re stuck. They have a story dozens ... Read More

How NOT to Use a Thesaurus—the Problem of Wrong Connotation

Here is a writing mistake I see often as a book editor. A client uses—or rather, misuses—hundred-dollar words to, supposedly, elevate her manuscript. She wants to dress the writing up, to make it sound professional, so she adds in fancy words from the thesaurus instead of going with simple words used in everyday speech. Let’s talk about how not to ... Read More