Many people find proofreading to be a drag. And while you can do it yourself, and maybe should, another person, who isn’t as familiar as you are with the text, will spot errors that you miss over and over again.
Okay, you’ve written your first draft, and you’re really proud of the words you’ve set down. You may think that they’re unchangeable. After all, these are your words. However, your work is not yet a published book. It’s only a flow of words that will likely need to change a number of times before it’s actually published. It may need rewriting.
So many rules. So many exceptions. Should authors pay more attention to content or to grammar? Read on.
How do you interject something into a sentence or dialogue that’s not actually part of the main thought? You can use commas or parentheses—or you can use em-dashes. Here’s how.
You’re sitting in front of your PC trying to write, and your brain will not engage. You’ve got a case of writer’s block. Now what? How do you get past this barrier? Following are some ideas.
A common problem writers face is whether to use a comma between two clauses. The solution depends on whether one the clauses is essential or non-essential. Following are some useful guidelines.
So, you think you have some advice to share, or you have an idea for a work of fiction, or you have an opinion on some topic. You’ve thought about getting an agent and/or going to a main-stream publisher. But that feels like a long, tough haul. You’ve thought about writing and publishing an electronic book (eBook), but you don’t know where to start. Okay, here are some guidelines you can use to write an eBook.
If your book title grabs a potential buyer, the next place he or she will likely look is the book description. If written effectively, this short blurb, on the back cover or inside flap of printed books, can be an effective sales tool.
The old saying that you don’t get a second chance to make a great first impression is totally appropriate when applied to a book’s introduction.
As part of a book’s cover design, your title is part of what grabs the attention of a potential reader. So, it needs to be strong, catchy, or contain a “hook”.