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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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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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Tips: grammar, punctuation, spelling

Grammar 'That', 'which' and whether to put a comma before which Traditionally, we use "that" with restrictive clauses and "which" with non-restrictive clauses. A restrictive clause 'restricts' th...

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What’s the difference between beta reading and a manuscript appraisal?

The differences between beta reading and a manuscript appraisal are... Beta readers come from all walks of life and industries. They need to be well-read but are not usually editors. The level of ...

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Formatting tips for people editing (or self-editing) in Word

Word Styles The easiest instructions I have ever come across for how to use Word styles to format your document and save time: Word Styles by blogger Louise Harnby. Here is another helpful link: ...

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