Writer’s Guides

Why Nonfiction Needs to Have a Narrative

Guest post: By Shazeen Iqbal, The Writer Vending Machine A nonfiction book is a unique journey where the author communicates factual […]

3 Simple Steps to Start Writing a Nonfiction Book

If you want to write a nonfiction book, the first question that probably comes to mind is: where do I start? As […]

What Format & Trim Size Should My Book Be? An inside guide to book design and formatting

With the rise of e-books and various ways to read books, long gone are the days of books just being […]

How to Get Published: An insider’s guide to the four types of book publishing

If you’re an aspiring author, the age-old question is “How do I get my book published?” While it used to […]

What Type of Editor Do You Want to Work with? The editor’s inside guide to editors

What Type of Editor Do You Want to Work with The editors inside guide to editors

As an author or aspiring author, you’ll no doubt find yourself working with an editor at some point in the pre-publishing process—either a freelancer editor in the process […]

What Type of Author Are You? The editor’s inside guide to authors

If you’re an author or aspiring to be one, you’ll probably end up working with an editor at some point, […]

What’s It Like to Work with a Book Editor?

If you’re thinking about hiring a freelance editor for your book, you might be wondering what it’s like to work […]

“I want to write a nonfiction book, but what should I write about?”

According to a recent survey, 80% of adults have thought about writing a book at some point. But if you’re […]

Can I Use Quotes in My Book? Copyright, permissions, and plagiarism…

As a nonfiction author, you may want to quote other people in your book—be it to set a certain tone, amplify your […]

What Is More Lucrative—Traditional Publishing or Self-Publishing?

Some people write books for the love. Some to entertain and enthral readers. Some to make the world a better […]

Which is the best proofreading software – Grammarly or Word’s Spellchecker?

Whether you’ve written a blog, a book, or some website content, you no doubt know that the text needs proofreading […]

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 […]