Proofreading is the reading of a galley proof or an electronic copy of a publication to find and correct production errors in the text. Copy-editing is the final stage of editing before you publish your manuscript. Learn which one you really need, and how to find the right editor for your book.
It’s easy to use your real town in your novel because you know all the setting details—weather, culture, town history, local politics. But even if set in a real place, you’ll be surprised at how much you don’t know and the research you still have to do to write a convincing novel. In this article, find out how to fictionalize your town to use its details in your novel.
When writers begin things in the middle, they plunge the reader into things that are already happening. No intro. No backstory. No weather description. Action is happening, and the reader is right there. Find out how to use _in medias res_ to capture your readers' attention.
Learn how to plan your book series from overall theme to individual books. Follow these top tips for success.
Are you a new author? Find out the professional steps you should take to prepare a book manuscript for an editor.
Connect with readers using natural language that ignores old-fashioned grammar rules. Here are 10 ways to break the rules and engage your readers.
How to introduce your unique and universal story in the first ten pages of your script to make readers – and film producers – care.
How to implement clarity to express big ideas to engage your reader. Help them understand your meaning through readability, the right verbs, and sentence structure.
Do your characters feel flat? Here's how to develop traits to create three-dimensional characters that come to life in your novel.
Writers write. Writing a novel is not a one and done for the day game. It requires the discipline of consistency to complete the manuscript. The challenge of finding time confronts every writer who is not a full-time author. In this article, find out why building a personal writing discipline will help you complete your novel.
Discover the difference between clues, evidence and red herrings. Then, scatter them throughout your mystery novel to lead the detective and your reader down the discovery path to solving the puzzle. There's nothing like a good "who-dun-it!"
How to go from story idea to a well-formed novel concept. Begin writing your novel today with the right planning process.
7 traps that keep new authors from book publishing success. From pre-publishing errors, to book listing oversights, to author online presence, here's how to avoid common mistakes.
Dramatic questions create external and internal story tension. Create a protagonist who confronts both to keep readers turning pages.
The words you use in your content can strengthen or weaken your prose. In this article, we teach you how to boost the power of your content by eliminating non-words and weak phrases that take up space but dilute your statements.