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January Book Update

January Book Update

It’s January! Depending on where you live, you may not be experiencing the level of cold and snow we have been experiencing. Then again, you might be getting more snow and having much colder temperatures. Here in southwestern Ontario, it’s been cold. I have to admit, I prefer June. I wanted to give a quick book update for you as I’m moving toward the April Book Launch, so here it is!   Book Launch Teams I have three book launch…

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Setting up Your Book: Front and Back Matter

Setting up Your Book: Front and Back Matter

A short while ago, I posted a blog called, Setting up Your Book: the Basics. We looked at trim size, margins, fonts and more. Today, I want to take a look at Front Matter and Back Matter.   Quick explanation of what the Matter is Okay, any editors reading that title are currently having a conniption. For the rest of us, let’s dive in. The interior of your book is basically made up of three parts. Front Matter, the Body…

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Setting up Your Book: The Basics

Setting up Your Book: The Basics

When I started into publishing, much of the whole process seemed so complicated and so difficult. One of the reasons I started this blog was because I was having a great deal of difficulty finding helpful websites to walk me through the “how to’s” of publishing. I thought I could be a support and help to others on this process and provide clear, practical help in this area where there appeared to be a lack. Since that time, I have…

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Working with Your Proof Copy

Working with Your Proof Copy

It’s been a little while since I’ve posted a blog, but with Christmas and New Years and snow and cold and more… I’ve had to step back just a bit. It’s time, now, to get back to posting blogs. One of the things I’ve been able to do over the Christmas Season is to proof my printed book from Createspace. It’s coming out in April and I needed to get through the proofing process quickly so I can move on…

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December Book Update

December Book Update

December is a busy month, but the publishing process continues! This past month I posted a series on Alpha and Beta Readers and as I’m finishing up book one, I am reminded of how grateful I am for each person who has taken the time to give me feedback. But in the meantime, let me give a bit of an update on the process at the moment.   Book One (subtitled: The Key Quest) I finally got Book One put…

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Honest Alpha and Beta Readers

Honest Alpha and Beta Readers

This is part of a four part series on Alpha and Beta Readers. This is also my favorite of the four parts. Part One: Editing with Alpha Readers Part Two: Editing with Beta Readers Part Three: The Questions I Ask My Alpha and Beta Readers Part Four: Honest Alpha and Beta Readers It is crucial in your writing to find Honest Alpha and Beta Readers! Let that sink in. You need them. Desperately! Honest ones! So find them! Here’s how…

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The Questions I Ask My Alpha and Beta Readers

The Questions I Ask My Alpha and Beta Readers

This is part III of my short series on Alpha and Beta Readers in your book editing process. Part One: Editing with Alpha Readers Part Two: Editing with Beta Readers Part Three: The Questions I Ask My Alpha and Beta Readers Part Four: Honest Alpha and Beta Readers I wanted to cover some of the specific and common questions I ask people after they have edited my book. My books (to be published in 2018) are novels aimed at younger…

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Editing with Beta Readers

Editing with Beta Readers

This is part two in my series on Alpha and Beta Readers. As I post them, I will update the blogs to link them together. Until then, check out the first blog on Alpha Readers! Part One: Editing with Alpha Readers Part Two: Editing with Beta Readers Part Three: The Questions I Ask My Alpha and Beta Readers Part Four: Honest Alpha and Beta Readers   Beta Readers! There are definitely different opinions about the definition of a Beta Reader….

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Editing with Alpha Readers

Editing with Alpha Readers

This is the first part of a short series I’m posting on Alpha and Beta Readers over the coming weeks. This first one is about how to make use of Alpha Readers in your editing. The second is about how to make use of Beta Readers. The third is about the questions I ask my Alpha and Beta Readers and finally, the fourth is about finding “Honest” Alpha and Beta Readers. Here are the links this series: Part One: Editing…

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November Book Update

November Book Update

This past month I have been pretty silent on the blogging front. I’ve been focusing in on NaNoWriMo as I’ve written the rough draft of the third book in my series (rough draft finished!) and cleaning up the first book in my series for publishing in April. I’m planning on posting a series soon on Alpha and Beta Readers, but while that is still coming, I wanted to give an update on my book situation! Here’s where things are at!…

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