Useful information that I have gathered on my writing journey. I love helping people. Please feel free to contact me if you have questions or need help with anything.
If you get writer's block. I would leave and come back to it, write something else, or read a book.
FORMATTING IS IMPORTANT HERE TOO.
Find out what the size needs to be by searching the site where you will be publishing.
I held a cover model search to find someone local to be featured on my cover. I created an event on Facebook, made flyers, and asked family and friends to share. If you are not teck savvy, or don't have the time to commit to making a cove; then I would higher someone to design it for you.
The absolute best advice that I can give when it comes to editing, is that you can never read through your manuscript too many times. Each time there is something new that you discover. Whether it is inconsistencies, repetitiveness, word usage, or grammar. Every time you go through it, you are weeding out those things. Go through it as many times as you can until you see none of those things. You also want to make sure that you have a group of readers, at least ten, to read through your novel before it is published. You may not have an objective eye not to mention you have read it so many times that it may seem perfect to you but you definitely want to get other readers objective opinion before release day. This way you can make changes if need be.
I recommend finding a professional editor. However, it can be very expensive. If you have the money, then by all means, go for it. If a couple thousand is not in your budget for editing- don't settle. Find a friend or family member who is extremely good with grammar, word usage, and sentence structure- and let them help with that. I love, love, love--Grammar Girl. She always has what you are looking for and sites her sources. Then, pick up a copy of the Chicago Manual of Style from the library, purchase your own book, or get a subscription online, and study grammar yourself. The Chicago Manual of Style is the most commonly used tool that editors use. Using the manual will help you stay consistent throughout your writing career in every book, and will answer any grammar questions you have.
Just remember...it takes time. Don't rush to publish if you are not completely comfortable with it.
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