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How to Self-Publish a Book

Some years ago, the publishing industry was fairly predictable and easy to navigate. A number of commercial publishing houses, with secure reputations, dominated the landscape. Smaller presses, serving niche audiences, had established their own positions in the field....

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Historical Fiction Writing Checklist

By Ana Howard, Historical Fiction Editor and Published Author In many historical novels, the setting is so alive and present it feels like another character in the book, and when readers see it that way, it’s a huge compliment to the author. I think we’ve all read a...

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How to Sell Books to Traditional Publishers

Traditional Publishing Is Not Dead The general consensus among aspiring authors is that any yahoo can self-publish but it's almost impossible to sell your book to a traditional publisher. The first part is certainly true, but selling to traditional publishers is...

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Book Editing Associates – Website Redesign

New York, NY -- (ReleaseWire) -- 09/19/2018 -- Book Editing Associates has been redesigned to make it easier for writers to find book editors by topic or genre. "The site made it easy for me to have access to many experienced editors and then choose the one that best...

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Choosing an Independent Book Editor

You need an editor—of that much you are certain. But how can you avoid falling prey to incompetent, untrained, or inexperienced pretenders who may insert more errors than they correct? (Yes, it happens alarmingly often.) And how can you avoid falling prey to the scammers?

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Are You Thinking About Self-Publishing?

The business of self-publishing ... Perhaps you have tried to find a publisher and have not succeeded. You are not alone. The reality is that unless you are a celebrity or have a ready-made marketing platform that is guaranteed to sell thousands of books, it is...

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9 Mistakes that Authors Make—And How to Fix Them

You’re going too fast Every author needs an editor, but authors need to know how to edit themselves too. Carefully evaluate what you’ve written and then go back to improve it. Are you saying everything you have to say? Is your argument clear? Are your characters...

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Manuscript Evaluations, Critiques, Line Editing

I'm one of those editors who say that you should never change your book based on what an agent or book-buying editor says would be "a good idea," or "just the thing your story needs" . . . unless that agent or editor says he will represent you, or will put your book...

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How Writing Query Letters is Like Dating

It is not as if you and your literary agent are star-crossed lovers, it is that you both seek a similar outcome: the sale of your manuscript, your growth as a writer, a meaningful relationship. Depending on circumstances, any of these scenarios may precede the other....

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The Challenge of Writing Good Fantasy

I read a lot, but it's mostly just for entertainment. It's not often that I tell myself, "Damn, I wish I could write like that!" and start studying someone else's work for pointers. In this essay, I'm going to tell you about someone whose work hit me that way,...

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Writing a Book. The All-Important Opening.

Novels that most of us read while in school probably opened very differently than successful novels of today. In the past, an author was allowed the luxury of giving the reader details right away about the main character's past, sometimes even going back to their...

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