It might be unfair to judge a book by its cover, formatting, and layout, but all these conventions make it easier to read the book, and we should all think carefully about breaking these rules. If you have a good reason that fits with the content and tone of your book, go ahead and get creative. But by knowing the conventions of book design, you’ll be able to make more informed choices that lead to a stronger book overall.CONTINUE READING
That page at the front of the book is the “colophon,” or the copyright page. It’s where publishers put information about important things like copyright, publication details, and legal disclaimers.CONTINUE READING
Before beginning any project, sit down and think about what you want to accomplish. Too many people start projects before accurately identifying their goals, and this leads them to waste too much time on ideas and writing things that aren’t relevant.CONTINUE READING
ProofreadingPal supports writers in all parts of their careers, whether honing their academic writing skills or navigating the challenges of publishing that novel, memoir, or nonfiction book. So here on the blog, we’ll be taking a look at the nitty-gritty of the business side of writing and editing and how you can make the best of a changing landscape in modern publishing.CONTINUE READING
I’ve edited many books, short stories, and even papers by authors who seemingly believed that ambiguous, dramatic, and descriptive words (and even repetition) somehow increased their document’s level of professionalism. Perhaps they were attempting to make the scene come alive for the reader or evoke a sense of rambling thought—very noble intentions indeed. Regardless, unnecessary wordiness and redundancy are generally considered unacceptable in professional writing.CONTINUE READING
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