Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Links to Writing & Marketing Blog Posts

By: Corina Koch MacLeod

Did you know there are ways to save money on editing costs? If your editor charges by the hour (and many do), every extra task she or he has to do to get your manuscript ready for editing takes time and costs you money.

That's right: there are some tasks editors need to complete beforebeginning an editing job. You can save money by handling those "before editing" tasks yourself, and instead spend your money on what editors do best: polish your writing.

So, what do editors do to get a manuscript ready for editing? They "clean up" the manuscript by removing extra and incorrectly applied formatting, such as:
  • Extra spaces after end punctuation (one space, not two)
  • Excessive use of the space bar
  • Manual tabs (use the paragraph style in your Word processor to indent paragraphs)
  • Extra spaces between paragraphs
  • Underlining
  • Boldface and italics, used incorrectly
  • Excessive use of "fancy fonts" (try to stick to two fonts for your entire book; choose ebook-friendly fonts)
So, how can you address these items on your own? Take a page from the copyeditor's book!

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If you missed my writing & marketing tweets and retweets yesterday, here they are again: 
  1. Try to vs. Try and Daily Writing Tips
  2. Ebooks, Paper Books, or Both: Finding the Solution that is Right for You |
  3. Is that really a publishing offer? | Nail Your Novel
  4. Beyond Paper Editing: Editor's Tip: Cleaning Up Your Manuscript Can Save You Money
  5. The Other Side of the Story: 6 Tips on Making Similar Scenes Feel Different
  6. BookMarketingBuzzBlog: Making Your Book More Promotable
  7. Writer Unboxed  Why genre matters
  8. Writer Unboxed » Negative Reader Reviews: The Antidote
  9. Sony exits and the ebook business loses an original player | The Passive Voice |
  10. How to Make Turning Points Drive Arcs and Themes | Jami Gold, Paranormal Author
  11. Facebook Facts you Need to Know in 2014 - Jeffbullas's Blog
  12. Maggie Lyons Blog: Top 5 Things to Do to Make Sure Your Book Fails
  13. Self-Publishing: Do It Your Way | Catherine, Caffeinated
  14. Creating Stunning Character Arcs, Pt. 1: Can You Structure Characters? - Helping Writers Become Authors
  15. How Is First Person POV Different? - Marcy Kennedy
  16. Open Road Has Acquired E-Reads - GalleyCat
  17. How to Use Social Media to Promote an Event | Social Media Examiner
  18. Tips For A Long Term Writing Career And Writing Historical Fiction With Colin Falconer | The Creative Penn
  19. Wattpad for Writers | Indies Unlimited
  20. Relationships Matter: Use Power Words to Spice Up Every Page of Your Book or Website
  21. Secrets to Getting More Visitors to Your Site - Marketing Tips For Authors
  22. Cockeyed Caravan: The Ultimate Story Checklist v4!
  23. What to Do If Your Great Content Isn’t Getting Found - Copyblogger
  24. Life After Keywords (Not Provided): What’s Next For Bloggers? : @ProBlogger
  25. Author, Jody Hedlund: The Value of Clocking In Time and Words
  26. "One of the many things I love about writing is there's always more to learn and discover..." via @Ava_Jae
  27. Synesthesia In Literature: Definition and Examples
  28. The Report – Author Earningsby Hugh Howey
Happy writing and running, Kathy

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