Writer’s Guides

How Not to Write a Book: 5 mistakes to avoid when writing nonfiction

As a nonfiction book editor, I see my fair share of great first drafts, but also some pretty average ones. A mediocre […]

The Worst 5 Pitfalls of Self-Publishing and How to Avoid them

Self-publishing can be a magical thing. It opened up the publishing world to the masses, enabling anybody to publish a […]

Editing vs. Proofreading: What’s the difference?

As a writer or author, you may want a professional to add that extra polish to your work. But do […]

5 Reasons to Write a Nonfiction Book during Coronavirus Lockdown

We’re living in unprecedented times, when many people are worried about the physical and mental health of their loved ones […]

Why Don’t We Spot Our Own Typos?

Have you ever written a blog, proofread it, and posted it—only for someone to point out a glaring typo? Or […]

How Much Does Professional Book Editing Cost?

You’ve written a book. You’ve done some self-editing. You’ve made the decision to hire an editor and you’re ready to […]

To Hire an Editor or Not to Hire an Editor?

I was delighted to be featured as a guest blogger on author Sally Jenkins’ writing blog recently. You can check […]

Top 3 Capitalisation Errors

In the last few guides, we looked at the top five grammar errors and the top three punctuation errors. But there’s another area […]

Top 3 Common Punctuation Errors

So, we’ve looked at the most common grammar errors. But what about punctuation? Some of the most heinous crimes against writing […]

Where Can I Find the Best Editor for Me?

You might have the perfect date or partner for Valentine’s day, but how do you find the perfect editor for […]

How to Choose an Editor or Proofreader

So, you’ve written a book, blog post, article, or essay, and now you need an editor or perhaps a proofreader. […]

Can I Publish a Book as a Non-Native Writer?

As a nonfiction book editor, I’m often asked whether it’s possible to publish a book as a non-native speaker or […]

Top 5 Common Grammar Errors

Having proofread over 400 books, I’ve encountered many a common grammar error. The same mistakes pop up time and time […]

How to Self-Publish Your Book: A Step-by-Step Guide

As a book editor, authors often ask me how to self-publish a book and what the self-publishing process entails. In […]

Introduction vs. Preface: What’s the Difference?

When you’re writing a nonfiction book, you might wonder what the difference is between an introduction and a preface. Do […]

How to Write a Nonfiction Book: 10 Simple Steps

We’ve all heard the saying “Everyone has one good book in them” or some variation. In fact, the original quote […]

To Publish or Self-Publish? That Is the Question…

Well, that’s what Shakespeare might be asking if he was still alive. Indeed, it’s the question on many a budding […]

How Long Does It Take to Edit & Publish a Book?

As a book editor, I often get approached by authors who have just finished writing their book and now need […]