In this day and age, many submissions are handled through email. Agents and acquisition editors will often look at the submissions sent to them on an electronic device, commonly a computer or tablet screen. For many submissions, the initial contact is contained in the body of an email (no attachments). However, if they ask for added materials, they expect things in the standard submission format. Yet, agents and editors will still often look at those submission materials using electronic devices.
So, if everything is now through electronic submissions, why must we format our manuscripts using a format that was devised back in the day when everything was printed? Well, believe it or not, the standard manuscript format is very specific for a reason.
There are many out there who will use the terms website and blog interchangeably. The difference between the two is not as clear as one might think. It probably doesn’t help that many blogs are hosted on personal websites. However, there is a BIG difference between a website and a blog, although the line is a little fuzzy.
A website is your internet home, containing information about yourself and your various projects. The pages are static, occasionally updated to reflect changes. It will contain the most up-to-date information about your work, assuming that you actually keep it up to date.
A blog, on the other hand, is like a diary. It will be constantly changing with whatever content or other information you choose to share with the world. In some respects, a blog will contain even more up-to-date information about your work. However, the information on a blog quickly gets buried, depending on the frequency at which you post. This means that you can’t rely on your blog as a marketing tool for older works.
If a reader visits your site, they want to be able to find your books, products, or whatever quickly — and with little effort. This is the key point that distinguishes a website from a blog.
When I tell people that I’m an editor, the first response that I typically get is something along the lines of, “You must love spelling.” It’s amazing how many people assume that editing is just looking at the punctuation and grammar, perhaps finding typos. However, this proofreading type of editing is the final stage of the process. Before you get to that point, there are so many other aspects.
I have written about the stages of editing before, describing when you need to seek those external eyes and what type of external eyes you need. However, I still encounter many who are confused about what editing really entails.
In this week’s post, I thought I’d elaborate on the two main categories of professional editors that you’ll likely encounter, and why BOTH are vital to the health (and success) of a story. I’m talking in particular about developmental editors and copyeditors.
It has been a long time in publication, but it’s finally here. The first of the new videos in Tips and Tricks for Scrivener is now available.
In the second series, we’ll delve a little deeper into the capabilities of Scrivener, including how to make templates and backup files.
In the first video, learn about the built-in project backup system, and how you can back up your system settings. Learn about syncing your projects between multiple devices, and how multiple devices can access the same Scratchpad files.
The road to publication is a long one, and as my faithful readers will know, there are no shortcuts. Publication requires countless hours of editing, development, and, in many cases, tears. Then you have all the public aspects of the process: social media, websites, conferences, and the list goes on.
It’s incredibly cruel of an industry to leave those new to it to flounder their way through life.
For the past six month, I have been writing, and editing, a book that I feel ALL writers could benefit from, looking at the various hidden traps associated with an online platform. I’m please to announce that the book is now available for pre-orders through a variety of retailers.
The whole concept of building a following can be overwhelming at times, and there really isn’t much solid advice out there. However, a writer’s platform is not the complicated concept that many turn it into.
A writer’s platform is NOT marketing, promotion, or publicity. It’s not just a website or social media — for that matter, it’s not just your books. A writer’s platform is everything that you do to connect with readers.
It’s your local writers’ group that you attend once a month, or more frequently, as the case may be. It’s those conferences and book festivals that you save your pennies for so you can afford the registration. It’s your participation in special events that have nothing to do with writing and your books.
Yes, a writer’s platform includes your books, website, and social medial, and yes, this online component in today’s market is important, but it’s not everything.
My readers will know that I’m working toward the publication of Hidden Traps: A Writer’s Guide to Protecting Your Online Platform, due to be released August 2017. It’s been an interesting journey: revisiting my nonfiction writing roots; learning about ISBNs and publishing options; and devising marketing strategies. It has definitely been a steep learning curve. I have learnt many things along this journey, topics of which will become future blog posts, but there is one aspect that I thought was perfect to reveal now.
Graphic designers think in images.
Looking back at it now, it seems so logical, but at the time that I commissioned the cover for Hidden Traps, it was a concept that completely eluded me. I’m a writer and editor. I spend so much of my time looking at how to craft that perfect sentence to convey the right picture. I’ve commissioned artwork before, providing only a line from my stories and getting the perfect image in return. Surely, I can do the same for a cover.
I’ll hang my head in shame now, because clearly my words weren’t enough.
This week’s post was written by Joynell Shultz, where she shares some of her insights on marketing books — knowledge gained through trial and error, and a lot of research. Perhaps you can gain a few ideas that might work for you too.
While writing, we often have a list of words that we’ll fall back on when we can’t think of another word to write. Sometimes, we don’t even realise that we’re doing it. It’s not until our critique partners, beta readers, or editors point it out to us that we see the repetitive word glaring at us.
“How could I have missed that? It’s as obvious as the nose on my face.”
Well, it’s quite easy to miss things when you don’t know that they’re a problem. However, the solution is surprisingly simple.