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Self-publishing: producing a hardcopy book

The steps of producing a self-published hardcopy book are: writing and self-editing (including, possibly, beta reading and/or manuscript appraisal); editing; graphic design; proofreading; proofread...

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The editor’s role in producing your book

The editor's role in producing your book is to edit the manuscript to make sure it  is well-structured and error-free, so it is ready for the next stage of production. A brief overview of the edi...

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4 FAQs for writers – beta reading, manuscript assessments and structural editing

FAQs about beta reading, manuscript assessments and structural editing 1. At what stage should I look at having my manuscript beta read, assessed or edited? Self-edit your manuscript to what y...

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Editing fiction and non-fiction: a comparison

The purpose of editing any publication, whether non-fiction or fiction, is to make the corrections necessary to ensure that the author's meaning, and voice, are conveyed as exactly as possible to t...

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Poetry Book Beta Reading Checklist

On Time Typing, Editing and Proofreading's Beta Readers: read and review your poetry book manuscript, then write a Beta Reading Report based on our Beta Reading Checklist. Our Poetry Boo...

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Our Beta Readers

On Time Typing, Editing and Proofreading's team of Beta Readers are avid readers. We read and review your manuscript then send you a Beta Reading Report that addresses our On Time Beta Reading Crit...

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A self-publishing case study: the path from handwritten MS to ‘printer stage’

This case study is about a manuscript written by Michael Cusick in 2017-18, edited and designed by On Time Typing, Editing and Proofreading in 2018-2019, and self-published in 2019. Background and...

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Writers and editors: symptoms of vicarious trauma

Writers and editors who work with traumatic material (i.e. stories involving descriptions of traumatic events) can suffer 'vicarious trauma'. That is, although they are not the victim of the trauma...

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Writers and editors: rules for managing vicarious trauma

If you are about to launch into an activity or project that involves working or dealing with people who have suffered or are suffering from violence or abuse, you are at risk of suffering vicarious...

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Tips: hyphens, and em and en dashes

While the way hyphens are used is pretty universal, rules of usage about en and em dashes differ depending on your country, and your organisation's style guides. The below rules apply to Australian...

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