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Road to Publication: Page Proofs

What do you do when you get page proofs for your book from your designer? Quite a bit, actually. Here's the rundown on all that happens when you have page proofs in hand, as I experienced it:   I received first page proofs for Perfect Bound: How to Navigate the Book Publishing Process Like a Pro April 15 via e-mail. I immediately printed four sets. My husband and I each had a copy, and two copies  were sent out for advance reviews. I e-mailed the PDF to three more people, one of them being the proofreader and the other two being more reviewers.   The page proofs have arrived!   While the proofreader was working away, my husband and I were each reviewing our sets of the pages. I read the book from beginning to end,...

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Save Your Reputation: Edit Your Writing and Hire Pros When Needed

It might not be clear to all aspiring authors that their reputation is at stake with everything they put out into the world. A typo in a cover letter, a small factual error in a novel, a few misspelled words in a short story -- who will notice? Who will care?   The truth is, although many people won't be bothered by little errors here and there, enough people will be, and it is often these people who are the most vocal or are in a position of power.   The repercussions can include having your query to an agent dismissed, your short story rejected from a literary mag, or your novel blasted on Amazon and Goodreads. Unfortunately, you won't get a second chance with an agent, and those online reviews never go away....

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Announcing the All-New Hop On Publishing Website!

Hop On Publishing LLC has just launched its website! A division of POP Editorial Services LLC,  Hop On will be publishing my first book, Perfect Bound: How to Navigate the Book Publishing Process Like a Pro, in September 2014. The book is intended for aspiring authors of fiction and nonfiction who want to create a high-quality, highly marketable book. Both self-publishing and traditionally published authors who feel overwhelmed by the publishing process will gain the confidence they need to be successful when they learn what to expect, and what's expected of them, on the road to publication. So, hop on over to www.hoponpublishing.com to read more about Perfect Bound, watch a video, and learn about upcoming events. You'll also find resources for writers and authors, plus a handy-dandy way to sign up for...

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Road to Publication: The Design Process

UPDATE--May 15, 2014   We have a final cover!   [caption id="attachment_1018" align="alignnone" width="275"] The final front cover with endorsement[/caption]   Originally published April 29, 2014 If you'll recall, I left off last time having successfully navigated the copyediting stage of book production. For four weeks the manuscript for Perfect Bound: How to Navigate the Book Publishing Process Like a Pro had been with the copyeditor, which was a welcome break from the revisions I had been doing. However, I wasn't completely off the hook. The book still demanded much of my attention.   The same day I sent the manuscript to the copyeditor, I sent another copy of it to the designer. I had hired a woman I have worked with in the past on other books (not my own).  From that experience, I knew she had done...

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Road to Publication: Copyediting

Oh my! So much has happened in the life of Perfect Bound: How to Navigate the Book Publishing Process Like a Pro in just the last four weeks.   For one thing, we have chosen the final title (see above). Phew! I'm happy to have that figured out.   More important, however, the manuscript has gone through the copyediting and design processes. I'll tell you all about design in the next post. Continue reading below to find out what it's like to have your manuscript professionally edited.   Everyone Needs an Editor   If you have good writing and editing skills, it's tempting to think you don't need a copyeditor. If you already know the rules, why not just do it yourself? I'll tell you why: you are too close to your work to see all of the errors....

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Why a Sample Edit Should Be Cheap or Free

OK, everyone. Get ready for a rant.   I have recently come across several editors who charge for sample edits, with some charging more than $100 for a ten-page sample. One woman said outright, "I do nothing for free."   I respectfully disagree with that approach. Why? Because the sample edit is as much a tool for the editor as it is for the writer.   A ten-page sample edit might take two hours. To give that away for free is the same as handing over between $50 and $100, depending on the editor's rates. But is that so much to give up when a project could garner the editor $1,500-$3,000? Before paying for a sample edit, writers should understand that the editor is trying to get their business. They should also know that the editor...

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How I Chose My Path to Publication

Self-publishing isn't right for every person or every book. It is, however, right for me. Here's how I made my decision.   Like many people, I started by assessing my strengths in relation to the requirements of traditional publishing.   I previously posted a brief quiz to help authors assess their strengths and weaknesses and consider how those factor into a decision about the right publishing path. Those same ten questions are what helped me decide my own route to publication.   My Quiz Responses 1. Do you have at least $5,000 that you can dedicate to your book project? Yes   2. Do you want complete creative control regarding the text, layout, and cover design of your book? That's not essential but it would be nice.   3. Do you have unquestionable credentials in your field, such as a degree or many...

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Don’t be “scared.” They’re only scare quotes.

Are you ready for some "fun"?   Here, have some "free" chips.   These are "delicious"!   Have you ever noticed someone using quotation marks like this? Some writers seem to pepper their documents with quote marks, leaving their readers baffled at all the hidden meanings. There is a name for this type of punctuation. They are called scare quotes, and they are used to put the reader on alert that a different meaning is intended from what is commonly understood by a word. They are especially handy for indicating skepticism or irony.   When quote marks are used this way, it's as if the writer has inserted so-called before the word. The reader stops and considers what else that word could mean. For example:   The "hero" who showed up at the crime scene turned out to be the...

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Road to Publication: Manuscript Development

My book project Perfect Bound: How to Publish a High-Quality Book That Sells (previously Manuscript to Book: How to Avoid the Potholes on the Road to Publication) has recently undergone a major shakeup. That is part and parcel for the manuscript development stage. It's an exciting time! After taking the book apart and putting it back together in a new format, I now have a structure that is tight, dynamic, and compelling.   How did this happen?   After some consideration, I decided to enlist the help of beta readers. I could have hired a developmental editor and saved time. However, by using beta readers, I was able to save a fair amount of money. I felt this was the right option for me because I knew most of the pieces of the book...

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The Road to Publication

For the past year I have been writing a book about how to publish a book well. In Perfect Bound: How to Publish a High-Quality Book That Sells (formerly Manuscript to Book: How to Avoid the Potholes on the Road to Publication) I take the reader through the entire book publishing process, one step at a time, highlighting the common pitfalls that authors fall victim to at each stage and offering practical guidance on how to avoid them.   As I embark on this same path that the book describes, I invite you to share in the journey. At each phase of book production I will detail what is happening to the manuscript and where it is in its transformation into a book.   If you, too, are hoping to publish a book, these...

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