Excellent guidance and advice for all authors – traditional and especially self-published.
If “impatience is the bane of self publishing,” then well-crafted writing, careful editing and artful book design are its salvation. In this post, I outline the steps that transform a piece of writing into a publication. These are the steps required regardless of how the book is published: electronically, offset, or letterpress.
If you want to have a good product, you’ll start with developmental editing, which is a fancy term for readers who ask questions and make comments along the way.
Well-crafted writing is the result of practice and time, good research, excellent language, and most probably several drafts. Ideally, some of those drafts will benefit from developmental editing – an elegant name for feedback from at least one critical reader who can comment on the merit of the work and ask questions that will help the author revise and hone the book until it is truly…
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