With no knowledge other than your manuscript’s word count and whether it’s fiction or nonfiction, I can with a high degree of accuracy predict three things. In this post, I’ll tell you what they are and why they matter.
Too often authors approach me about developmental editing after they've had their manuscripts copy and line edited. This is disheartening because they've wasted time and money.
In this post, I walk you through the four phases of a book project, focusing on the types and order of editing. I also talk about exceptions to the rule and how you can improve your chance of capturing the attention of a literary agent.
It's important to understand the legal and reputational risks you face as an author, particularly if you write nonfiction. You may be familiar with the rules that apply to academic writing, but those rules most likely do not apply to you now.
What follows is an explanation of how to track and cite your sources per Chicago Manual of Style (CMOS), which is the publishing industry's style guide.