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Your guide to using styles in Word

Your guide to using styles in Word

Styles Make Your Writing Better Well, ok, they won’t make your writing better, but they make it a hell of a lot easier to format. Styles also make it a LOT easier if you change your mind and want to create a new look for your document. They’re also the editor’s friend, so if you […]

The quick and easy guide to using beta readers [FOR AUTHORS]

The quick and easy guide to using beta readers [FOR AUTHORS]

Oh, no … You didn’t just ask your spouse, your mom, or your best friend to read your book and tell you what they think, did you? Every author needs test readers—impartial, unbiased test readers. As much as your squad may want to help, beta reading is one area where friends and family don’t qualify. […]

Writing for international audiences

Writing for international audiences

Writing has a huge potential audience now as we have many ways to access the written word. If not done well, though, writing for a global audience will not reach some readers. Who is the audience? When writers are writing, they may not automatically have their worldwide audience at the front of their mind, or […]

Publishing and Positioning: What thought leadership means for authors

Publishing and Positioning: What thought leadership means for authors

My mum received a Christmas card from an old friend a few years back with a brief update on family news, including this plaintive summary: ‘The kids are both doing jobs I don’t understand.’ And who can blame her. For centuries how people described what they did in the working day was fairly consistent, but […]

Nibbies shortlisted What Belongs to You: Interview with author Garth Greenwell

Nibbies shortlisted What Belongs to You: Interview with author Garth Greenwell

Norah Myers interviews Garth Greenwell about his debut novel, shortlisted for a Nibbies (or The British Book Award), What Belongs to You. 1) Huge congratulations on your nomination for Debut Fiction Book of the Year at the Nibbies. What does it mean to you? It’s thrilling, of course, and it feels especially meaningful because of […]

Why professional ghostwriters don’t work for peanuts [winning blog idea February]

Why professional ghostwriters don’t work for peanuts [winning blog idea February]

Each month BookMachine offers a community member, with great ideas, the chance to write on the site. February’s winner was Emma Murray, who wrote for us about why it’s worth investing in a good ghostwriter. Emma is a bestselling author and ghostwriter, specialising in business, psychology and higher education. She also ghosts books, blogs, articles, case […]

Why writing rules and outlining won’t squelch your creativity

Why writing rules and outlining won’t squelch your creativity

Lisa Poisso is a fiction editor and book writing coach working with independent authors and new authors seeking representation. Lisa helps emerging authors tune their manuscripts to publishing industry standards and craft commercial fiction that resonates with readers. Find her at Lisa Poisso, follow her on Twitter at @LisaPoisso, or like her on Facebook. This guest […]

Write to the End of Your Novel: Interview with Anna Davis

Write to the End of Your Novel: Interview with Anna Davis

Norah Myers recently interviewed Curtis Brown Creative’s Rufus Purdy about Curtis Brown Creative, the writing school led by the team at Curtis Brown. Here, she follows that by interviewing Curtis Brown’s managing director, Anna Davis, about a new course from Curtis Brown Creative: Write to the End of Your Novel. 1) How does Write To […]

Post-publication editing for self-publishing authors

Post-publication editing for self-publishing authors

Louise Harnby is a professional proofreader and copy-editor who specializes in helping independent authors of fiction and non-fiction bring clarity and consistency to their books. To get in touch, visit her website: Louise Harnby | Proofreader. I’m a specialist author’s proofreader and copy-editor. I work primarily with independent fiction writers in a variety of genres […]

Should you send your whole manuscript to a prospective editor?

Should you send your whole manuscript to a prospective editor?

Lisa Poisso is a fiction editor and book writing coach working with independent authors and new authors seeking representation. Lisa helps emerging authors tune their manuscripts to publishing industry standards and craft commercial fiction that resonates with readers. Find her at Lisa Poisso, follow her on Twitter at @LisaPoisso, or like her on Facebook. This guest […]