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Setting up the Page Layout (Typesetting your manuscript–article 5)

There are a few things to consider when choosing a page layout. The first and most obvious is the size of the book you plan to use. If you are going to be using CreateSpace or Lightning Source, check out the standard layouts they accept. I highly recommend staying with common book sizes. The most […]

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Building a Table of Contents (Typesetting your manuscript – article 4)

Whether your book is fiction or non-fiction, it needs a table of contents. Aside from the fact that readers need it to locate the chapter they want, a book with a table of contents looks more professional, and readers can browse the contents to get an idea of what to expect from your book. Word […]

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Beta readers – a goldmine of valuable feedback

In a previous article we talked about strategies, advantages, and pitfalls in critiquing. We all need the eyes of others to look over our work, but once the critiquing process is complete, the manuscript isn’t yet ready. It is my opinion that every manuscript should be read by non-writers. We as writers have a different […]

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Getting the Most out of Critiques

Critiques with purpose Peer critiques are a valuable tool in polishing up your writing, but it has to be done correctly to be effective. Writing is a lonely business, but publishing is a social world. You cannot go at it alone. Even the best writer can’t critique his/her way to perfection. You may know what […]

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Manuscript Submission Service – Is it worth the money?

Is Manuscript submission service a good value? Manuscript submission service is branded, rebranded, and reworded in an effort to make it sound as if it’s a new idea. Regardless of how it’s branded, the industry name for this service is a ‘virtual slush-pile’. A slush pile is the term that refers to a stack of […]

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