15 07, 2019

Preparing Your Novel for Traditional Publishing

By | 2019-07-15T17:37:39+00:00 July 15th, 2019|Publishing|0 Comments

How you prepare your novel for traditional publishing will vary a little depending on the exact way your agent and publisher operate, once you land them. Most publishers take on very few unsolicited manuscripts. That means you can’t just send [...]

1 07, 2019

What to Do If You Can’t Afford Professional Editing

By | 2019-07-09T12:18:42+00:00 July 1st, 2019|Publishing|0 Comments

If self-publishing professionally is important to you, I whole-heartedly urge you to try and save some money for editing. But I also understand that the cost of editing is simply impossible for some. So here’s my advice on what to [...]

22 10, 2018

Client Interview: JS Hollis on Deciding to Self-Publish

By | 2018-10-22T10:22:38+00:00 October 22nd, 2018|Novel Editing, Publishing|0 Comments

A few weeks ago, an email dropped into my inbox. It was a past client, letting me know the manuscript I had line and copy-edited for him around eighteen months ago was now a fully published novel. It's always exciting [...]

11 09, 2018

How Many Submissions Do Literary Agents Receive?

By | 2019-07-25T11:59:04+00:00 September 11th, 2018|Publishing|0 Comments

If you want to be a published author, you have two main options. You can either self-publish or you can work with a traditional publishing house. Most publishing houses don’t consider unsolicited manuscripts for publication. Instead, they’ll let literary agents [...]

24 01, 2018

How to Write a Synopsis – Everything You Need to Know

By | 2018-01-24T12:13:28+00:00 January 24th, 2018|Publishing|0 Comments

A synopsis is a one-page summary of your novel, used to demonstrate your story-crafting skills to a literary agent (or publisher). Most publishers don’t accept manuscript submissions directly from authors, so if you’d like to follow the traditional route to [...]

22 08, 2017

What You Need to Know Before You Self-Publish Your Novel

By | 2017-08-22T18:48:26+00:00 August 22nd, 2017|Publishing|0 Comments

I wonder if the following scenario sounds familiar. You know a writer who has self-published several books. They bashed them out at a dizzying speed. You’ve seen their writing – extracts they post on Facebook or their blog. It’s always [...]

20 07, 2017

What You Need to Know Before You Judge Self-Publishing Authors

By | 2017-09-05T12:33:24+00:00 July 20th, 2017|Publishing|7 Comments

Not so long ago, there weren’t many resources available that would enable an author to self-publish their writing. As the technology emerged, so did a stigma. It was thought that you only self-published if your book wasn’t good enough to [...]

8 08, 2013

Self-Publishing Essentials: How to Know if Your Book is Any Good

By | 2017-09-05T16:11:41+00:00 August 8th, 2013|Novel Writing, Publishing|0 Comments

The first essential step in becoming a successfully published author (self-published or otherwise) is to write a good book. It’s pretty obvious, really. But what constitutes a good book? We could debate this until the cows come home (from wherever [...]