Publishing imperfectly – why having a publishing standard matters

When I worked in publishing, we had to find a balance between the need to meet deadlines and the requirement to publish to a high standard. You notice I said “to a high standard”, not “perfect”. That’s because getting each book published was also of high importance (you don’t get far if you don’t get the book out into the market).

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Revising your first draft

If your book has got stuck at the first draft stage, it’s probably because you are struggling to do your revisions before you send it off to an editor. Revising your first draft is one of the most difficult stages in writing a book, but one that can make all the difference to the quality and readability of the end product. It will also reduce the cost of editing because your editor will need to do less work for you.

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Edit-Amend-Check

People often think I’m joking when I say the publication process takes about 12 weeks. “Why on earth does it take so long?” they ask. And there is a simple answer: because in publishing, you go through the edit-amend-check process time and time again until (hopefully) everything is correct, and you are as sure as you can be that the book is error-free (or as error-free as is humanly possible).

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The Publishing Process – Editing

The publishing process can be confusing and difficult to navigate. When I first started working in publishing, it took me a while for me to totally understand the process, so I sympathise with you if you are coming to it for the first time. The truth is that the publishing process is not set in…

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The final stage in getting your book done

The final stage in getting your book done is often the hardest because it involves a technical process that can be difficult to understand, and because it can involve working with other people.

This can quickly turn into a stumbling block that keeps you turning back to more revisions, and endless delaying unless you finally begin the publication process itself.

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Am I capable of writing a book

One of the key reasons many aspiring authors don’t even start their book is because they are dogged by the question: ‘Am I capable of writing a book?’ The root of that doubt lies in three places:

Your ability to get through the process of writing a book.
Your ability to write the number of words to create a book.
Your ability to write sufficiently well to write a book

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How to handle a revised deadline

Deadlines can change in the blink of an eye. When I worked at BBC Books, deadlines changed all the time as television transmission dates altered.

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A Brief Guide to the Book Publishing Process

The book publishing process is notoriously complex and confusing. It’s not helped by being littered with technical terms – many of which sound similar and so are easily mixed up. To help you navigate the publishing process, I have written a brief guide to the key points in the publishing process. Starting with the manuscript,…

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Proof-reading – do you need it?

Proof-reading is one of those editorial jobs that you can definitely do yourself if you know what to do. That doesn’t mean it is an easy job for you to do yourself, but it is possible. Sometimes, publishing consultants suggest that you can use proof-reading as a substitute for editing, however, proof-reading is not editing…

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Editing – why, how much and when?

Editing – it divides publishing consultants – some think you need it, others don’t; some think you need a lot, others think you need a little – so how can you decide whether to hire an editor at all and if you do, how can you work out what kind of editor you need? First…

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