Final Chance To Get Let’s Get Digital 3 at 99¢ Marketing Publishing Resources

Let’s Get Digital 3 is out. Hooray! Pre-orderers will have already received their copies, but for those who prefer to wait until a book is live (I’m totally like this) you can still get it at the promotional price of 99¢. Don’t delay, as the price will rise tomorrow to $4.99.

I really hope you get a lot out of it, your support during the pre-order period was phenomenal – 2,500 writers have bought the new edition already. I hope I can repay that support with valuable information you can use to build your readership. Read More…

Self-Editing: Back to Basics, Part II – Guest post from Karin Cox, Editor

We wrap up our series on self-editing today with part two of Karin Cox’s guest post on self-editing basics and the common mistakes writers make. On Monday, we kicked off the series with a post from UK author and editor Harry Bingham (The Writers’ Workshop), who underlined the importance of editing, and how developing your own self-editing skills can greatly reduce the amount you need to spend on professional help (and lead to a better book). If you missed it, that’s here. On Wednesday, my editor, Karin Cox, gave some practical tips on how to avoid some of the more common errors she sees in writers’ manuscripts, such as unnecessarily florid verbiage, wandering commas, and modifiers gone mad. That post Read More…

Self-Editing: Back to Basics, Part I – Guest Post by Karin Cox

We continue our series on self-editing today with the first of a two-part post from author and editor Karin Cox. Karin has a unique perspective: she has considerable experience working for a trade publisher in Australia and is also a freelance editor. On top of that, her own work (both fiction and non-fiction for children and adults, as well as poetry) has been published the traditional way and has been self-published; she really has seen all sides of the equation. Karin is also my editor. I have first-hand experience of her impressive pleonasm-hunting skills as well as her uncanny ability to turn my sopa de letras into intelligible prose (no mean feat). If you missed the first installment in this series from UK Read More…

Edit Like A Pro: Guest Post by Harry Bingham

Last week, I spoke about the importance of getting the basics right. This week we are going to focus on editing, and in particular self-editing. One of the more common criticisms self-publishers receive is with regard to editing (or proofing, which is part of the editorial process). Sometimes the criticisms are misplaced, with readers confusing British English with a typo, or a stylistic choice (like whether to use the Oxford comma) with a rule. But oftentimes,  readers’ comments are on the mark. Equally often, readers find flaws with the story that could have been addressed with a more rigorous edit. For example, if your readers felt nothing when a character died, perhaps you should have done more to establish an emotional Read More…

The Importance of Being Edited

One of the major arguments put forward in favor of going the traditional route – and one of the most appealing to writers – is the advance. I have a guest post on the blog of bestselling UK author Mark Williams which examines what the advance really costs you and how you can beat it long-term even with modest self-publishing sales. An accompanying – and in my opinion more valid – argument centers on the professional experience and support a writer will get from a publishing house, especially in the areas of editing and cover design.

Indie Publishing for International Writers, Step 3: Edit Your Story

This is the third post in my continuing series INDIE PUBLISHING FOR INTERNATIONAL WRITERS, a step-by-step guide to getting your stories into (digital) print. I’ll be doing each step with you, learning as you do, because I’ve never done this before either. STEP THREE: EDIT YOUR STORY Now that your cover has attracted readers inside to sample your writing, you better make sure your book is professionally edited. 

What We Talk About When We Talk About Editing

A lot of the focus on this blog (and in the news) has been on the challenges that the digital revolution poses trade publishing houses.  Most of the talk is about what is best for writers, and how they will be affected.  But today, I want to talk about editors. Editors are the unsung heroes of the publishing world.  While some of their names might be known inside the industry, the reader rarely has a clue.  Yet the books they buy would never have been the same without them.  Editors have suffered the most from the upheaval in publishing, and I fear their pain will continue as the Big Six continue to make missteps. Aside from acquiring books from agents Read More…