Category: Books and Manuscripts

Professional-Looking Book Layout

April 15, 2016 by ProofreadingPal in Books and Manuscripts

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.


Colophon: The Publication Page

December 26, 2015 by ProofreadingPal in Books and Manuscripts, Publishing

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.


Pitching Manuscripts

June 19, 2015 by admin in Books and Manuscripts, Publishing

A pitch package is a way of premarketing your book. Depending on whether you’re pitching a fiction manuscript or a nonfiction project, the package might take different forms.


Do I Need a Literary Agent?

May 14, 2015 by ProofreadingPal in Books and Manuscripts, Proofreading and Editing

Agents are businesspeople and creative professionals. They’re here to help you get your book into the publishing mainstream and into the hands of readers everywhe


6 Easy Steps for Writing Faster

April 24, 2015 by ProofreadingPal in Books and Manuscripts, Essays

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.


How Book Writers Get Paid – Pt 1

March 20, 2015 by ProofreadingPal in Books and Manuscripts

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.


Professional Writing

March 14, 2012 by Lori in Books and Manuscripts

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.


Submitting Short Fiction to Literary Magazines

October 20, 2011 by Jessica in Books and Manuscripts

So you’ve written a short story and are looking to getting it published in a literary magazine. There are still a few steps you’ll want to take before you can see your name in print.


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