Milestone #3: Polish Your Book
For a step-by-step explanation of how to reach this milestone, read the Write Your Book e-guide. Use the curated content below for a brief overview and quick access to valuable information and resources.
Tips (Excerpt from 101 Tips for First-Time Authors)
- Tip #39: WRITE Your Book-Schedule “writing appointments” in your calendar that are set aside specifically for researching, writing and editing your book. They can be as short as 30 minutes or as long as 2 hours. This goes a long way towards building your writing system.
- Tip #40: WRITE Your Book-Invite family, friends, members of your target audience and professional editors to give you feedback about your book. (This also helps you generate excitement about your book.)
- Tip #46: WRITE Your Book-There are three levels of editing: developmental editing, copyediting (aka line editing), and proofreading. Developmental editing will help you organize your ideas into a solid manuscript that carefully balances your enthusiasm for your message with the needs and interests of your readers. Copyeditors analyze the words in each line of your manuscript for accuracy, word choice, tone, grammar and punctuation. Proofreaders review for spelling, grammar and punctuation errors in the final manuscript before it is printed.
Tools and Templates
- Checklist: The Ultimate Self-Publisher’s Checklist
- Guide: Menu of Book Elements
- Worksheet: Author Bookkeeping Spreadsheet
- Publishing FAQs
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