I received my preordered copy of the newest (16th) edition of The Chicago Manual of Style right before leaving to teach at the Montrose Christian Writers’ Conference last week. But I’m back now, and ready to dive in and find out what’s changed. I’ll be posting on this blog some of the things I discover. […]
When you start a sentence with a modifying word or phrase, the next thing in the sentence is what must be modified by that word or phrase. A “dangling modifier” is a phrase that does not clearly and sensibly modify the appropriate word.
Following on the heels of last week’s column, here are more ways you can tighten your manuscript.
To tighten your manuscript, do what I call a Scissor Edit. Cut out everything that doesn’t absolutely need to be in the manuscript. The tighter the writing, the more publishers—and readers—will like it. Here are a few ways to cut. Look for more next week!
Want to get a book published? There are several options available today: 1. Commercial (royalty-paying) publishing 2. Subsidy publishing 3. Self-publishing 4. Do-it-yourself printing 5. Electronic publishing
Standard book publishers receive far more manuscript submissions than they could possibly print, so considerably more proposals are rejected than accepted. Most publishing houses focus the majority of their promotional efforts on previously published authors who already have an established fan base. This makes sense–after all, publishing is their business and they need to make […]
In the past, writers who couldn’t get their books commercially published paid companies to print their manuscripts. These printers came to be known as “vanity presses.” Because they did little if any screening of manuscripts, much less editing or proofreading, these companies (and the books they printed) garnered a reputation for a severe lack of […]
With true self-publishing, the author takes responsibility for the entire process of publication, either performing the steps personally or hiring someone to do them. These steps include: 1. Writing the complete manuscript (or hiring a ghostwriter/collaborator)2. Editing the manuscript (or hiring a freelance editor)3. Proofreading (or hiring a proofreader)4. Cover design (or hiring a designer)5. Getting an ISBN/barcode for […]