Writing and editing non-fiction

Guest post by Kit Carstairs of The Manuscript Agency   Writing and editing non-fiction manuscripts has more in common with fiction than you may realise. Regardless of the content, it is important to draw your reader into your writing. Both fiction and non-fiction authors use the same principles to create works that are emotionally and intellectually engaging.     These […]

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What is a structural edit, and will it improve your book?

A professional editor approaches a manuscript in two stages. The first stage – the structural edit – focuses on big-picture elements such as narrative voice and point of view, characterisation, plot, story structure, pace. The second stage – the copy edit – is all about the details of the text, looking at sentence structure, writing style, vocabulary, spelling, grammar and […]

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Copy editing tips for authors

Copy editing is usually the most expensive part of the editing process because it requires your editor to read every word and every punctuation mark in your manuscript, often more than once. Here are some things you can do yourself before you send your manuscript to a copy editor. Spell-check Always run a spell-check over your manuscript before you send […]

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Indie author Toni Brisland talks about publishing and promoting books for children

Australian author Toni Brisland writes books for children. She has published two novels in her DemiChat series (a Sherlock Holmes spoof), with a third due for release this year. The first, DemiChat and the Kent Street Mystery, is on the NSW Premier’s Reading Challenge Lists for Years 5–6 and selected readers in Years 7–9, and on the South Australian Premier’s […]

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Marketing and promotion strategies for indie authors

On 22 May, I attended NSW Writers’ Centre’s The Forest for the Trees event at the Sydney Writers’ Festival. All the sessions were excellent, but the one I found most useful for indie authors was Pushing Your Own Cart, about how authors promote their books and the tools they use. The panel comprised Kate Forsyth (The Witches of Eileanan series, […]

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What should my print book look like?

Look at any of the popular print-on-demand sites like Lulu, CreateSpace, BookBaby or Ingram Spark, and you’re likely to find a dizzying array of shapes and sizes, paper types and finishes you can select for your book. Which ones should you choose? The single most important factor is making sure your book looks professionally produced. If it looks amateurish, potential […]

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The Don’ts of DRM

Digital Rights Management (DRM) is an ‘electronic lock’ that is meant to ensure that ebook files, and other digital content, are secured from theft and can only be opened and accessed by those people who have purchased them. It’s also meant to prevent copying. There are two simple ‘don’ts’ for indie authors when thinking about DRM: don’t consider using it, […]

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