Tag: manuscript

How to Cite Sources in Your Manuscript

How to Cite Sources in Your Manuscript

Nonfiction authors know the importance of citing sources in their work. But sometimes it can get confusing figuring out how to correctly quote and give credit to your sources within your text without losing your flow of thought. When it comes to citing sources in your manuscript, there are some general style guidelines to follow. […]

How Many People Should Read My Book Before It’s Published? by Amberly Finarelli

How Many People Should Read My Book Before It’s Published? by Amberly Finarelli

You’ve done it: you just finished the first draft of your manuscript! Once that adrenaline-surging moment of completing such a monumental task has passed, you can’t wait to have someone else take a look at your work…and, okay, you’re probably a little nervous about it, too. Will readers “get” it? Does the development and flow […]

Outlining Non-Fiction – Guest Post by David Colin Carr

Outlining Non-Fiction – Guest Post by David Colin Carr

Don’t cringe! I promise, on a 30 year career of editing and a lifetime of writing, that it’s not as complex as you fear. I am forever grateful to Miss Delia Stebbins who had the foresight to teach our eighth grade class to outline. Benefits Outlining will speed the writing process and prevent blocks that […]

How to Turn Your Blog into a Book (Or Start Blogging and Complete Your Manuscript in 60 Days!)

How to Turn Your Blog into a Book (Or Start Blogging and Complete Your Manuscript in 60 Days!)

Turning a blog into a book isn’t exactly a new concept—it’s been done by many over the years. One big example was highlighted in the movie Julie and Julia, featuring Meryl Streep and Amy Adams. The movie was based on a blog-turned-book by Julie Powell, a woman who decided to spend a year cooking all […]

Traditional Publishing Myth: Your Book Will Be Published Exactly as It Was Written

Traditional Publishing Myth: Your Book Will Be Published Exactly as It Was Written

As you may know, I’ve written books using both “sides” of the publishing business—traditional and self-published. Though there are advantages and disadvantages to both, one of the most distressing aspects of publishing a book through the traditional route is giving up creative ownership of your book’s title, concept—even text! Before you make your final decision […]

How Long Should Your Nonfiction Manuscript Be?

How Long Should Your Nonfiction Manuscript Be?

I get this question a lot, and it’s a valid one—especially since the answer can be divided between traditionally published books and self-published books. Generally speaking, traditional publishers expect completed nonfiction book manuscripts to be between 50,000 to 75,000 words. Most traditional publishers will place restrictions on an author and require that the manuscript not […]