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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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Self-publishing At Crib Point! The path from handwritten MS to ‘printer stage’

Michael Cusick first approached On Time Typing in October 2017, to ask if we could assist in typing  and publishing  his handwritten manuscript (MS) about the history of the Crib Point football, ...

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Editing poetry compared to non-fiction or prose

Editing non-fiction or prose (fiction) is quite different from editing poetry, as demonstrated below. When line or copy editing non-fiction or prose, collaboration is not essential, although s...

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The process for editing another person’s poetry

Editing poetry written by someone else is very different from editing your own poetry. It requires not only poetic instinct and experience in reading and writing poetry, but also an understanding o...

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Self-publishing: file formats from writing to proofreading

Most manuscripts are written and edited in MS Word or other word processing programs. The program you then use to design and proofread your manuscript depends on the type of publication. Editing y...

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Self-editing your manuscript

How do you get your manuscript from 1st draft stage to the point where it's ready to be handed over to an editor? Self-edit. Rewrite if necessary. Self-edit. If you think it will help, use beta rea...

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