On this page you’ll find writing and editing tips, and musings on editorial life.

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Why you need to write a book

Yes you, lovely reader. You need to write a book! Seriously, if you’re reading this, you’ve probably been thinking about it or are pondering the possibility at the moment. But there might be all sorts of reasons that are holding…

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How to prepare book prelims

When you’re writing, trying to organise your book prelims can be confusing. Here’s my superfast guide to getting the order, labels and content right. Title page Imprint Dedication Contents Foreword Preface Introduction Title page This contains your title, subtitle and…

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How to write online for impact

Don’t write like this online… Where Every Single Short Sentence is on a separate line. Like this. And this. And this. Why? Well, it’s literally difficult to read. When we’re taking in information, our eyes need to move physically from…

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To write well, you need to do this…

Read. As much and as widely as you can! Why? Because it exposes you to the key elements of good writing: style, structure, story. Try exploring different genres, go on a journey of book discovery. Find what you like and…

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How to self-edit like a pro

Are you writing and wondering what’s the best way to get your draft into shape? You’ve got your content down, now the work of self-editing starts. Great! But first – and this is really important – set it aside, for as…

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