Writing Tips for Becoming an Author

If you want to write for a living then you need to—and I mean doggedly—set yourself up to write. Sounds easy, right? It isn’t, at least not for most of us. There’s carving out time. There’s finding a physical space, someplace quiet without distractions. There’s finding inspiration, and there’s also learning and perfecting the craft. Not to mention that beyond this, there’s finding someone to read what you’ve written and, hopefully, monetizing your efforts. Here are a few writing tips for becoming an author.

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Understanding the Book Publishing Process

Authors unfamiliar with the book publishing industry can sometimes stumble on the path to publication by not understanding the definitions and roles of people in editing, production, distribution, and sales. By having clarity on the function and purpose of service companies and freelancers, authors can be smarter about hiring the right help.

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6 Things to Consider Before Publishing Your NaNoWriMo Book

All of November you were on the clock to complete your book for NaNoWriMo. If you succeeded (WOW!) you're basically a superstar. Congrats! And after you spent an entire month lovingly crafting the perfect manuscript we know you’re eager to get it published. 

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Good Book Editing Doesn’t Just Correct, It Collaborates

I love the economy of publishing: a writer takes an idea and creates a product (the writing-the-book part), perfects the product (the editing-the-book part), and then prints the product (the finished-book part that readers pay to read). It’s one of the purest forms of capitalism.

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DIY Tools and Services to Help You Edit Your Book

by Julie-Ann Harper, Managing Director and founder of Pick-a-WooWoo Publishing Group and Authors Wish
No manuscript should reach published form without first being edited by someone other than you. Many self-publishing authors are working with limited budgets, and many will choose to overlook the editing process, but they do so at their peril. Don’t ever make the mistake of thinking that your writing is so 'spot on' that you don’t need editing; everyone needs to be edited, and the author who believes he or she is the exception to this rule is usually the most in need. If you want your writing to be taken seriously, help ensure that by having it properly edited first.

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The True Glory of Professional Editors: What Happens in Edit, Stays in Edit

by Porter Anderson (@Porter_Anderson) The Hot Sheet
In an exchange with a London-based self-publishing author lately, I was given an outline of how some indie writers use beta readers and colleagues rather than professional editing and proofreading services. I’d been writing about Reedsy’s offerings for authors, developed in smart association with IngramSpark. This writer was focused on demonstrating to me that it can be far less expensive to go without formal edits, and many indies—understandably!—would like to ease the costs of professional edits.

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9 Things You Need to Know About the Book Editing Process

by Ellie Maas Davis, owner of Pressque
Ellie Maas Davis shares frequently asked questions and answers about the book editing process based on the way she runs her business.

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Editorial Review: The First Step to Self-Publishing Your Book

by Ellie Maas Davis
Before an indie author with a book can be paired with an editor, there’s something called an editorial review. This is an assessment that helps self-publishers choose what level of editing their manuscript needs—and if it needs editing at all.

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4 Often Overlooked Details That Help Your Book Look Professionally Published

by Jane Friedman (@JaneFriedman) The Hot Sheet
In every profession, there are little details that reveal the time, attention, and care you’ve put into your work. For independent authors and small presses, paying attention to these details can make a favorable impression on potential customers, especially those inside the trade—booksellers, librarians, and others who are intimately familiar with publishing standards.

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Author Meets Editor: The Perfect Editorial Match

By Ellie Maas Davis of Pressque
How do you find the one? The one editor, that is. Finding an editor that will bring out the best in your book can be a bit like finding that person that gives you butterflies. Dating and finding an editor can be daunting. The below should be considered in order to make finding “the right” editor a breeze.

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