FAQs

How should I prepare my work before sending to you?

Unless otherwise specified, we like submissions to be formatted thus:

  • Word format
  • One-and-a-half spaced
  • 12-point font, Times New Roman
  • Pages numbered
  • Word-count listed.

In a separate Word document, list any questions or concerns you have about the manuscript in its current form. So that we’re reading the manuscript afresh, we won’t read these questions until after we’ve read and appraised the manuscript. But we’re happy to address these in our appraisal of the manuscript.

 
 
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I’m not sure which service I need – can you help?

That’s what we’re here for. We’re good at asking questions and listening to the answers to help you take your next step with confidence. We can help you plan the entire project, if that’s what you need.

 
 
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I’ve got an idea for a book – can you guide me? 

Sure! We enjoy teasing out an author’s initial ideas.

Usually we use mind-mapping (brain-storming) as a starting point, but we can start wherever you’re up to. If you’re comfortable with mind-mapping, you might want to run yourself through this process and then get in contact to engage us to help you make sense of the myriad ideas you came up with. We’ll organise them into a plan to follow. This is the first step to writing a book.

During this process you might realise that you:

A.    Are willing to and capable of writing your first draft

B.    Want some help to organise your thoughts or motivate you to meet milestones

C.   Have no interest in writing the book yourself and are keen to get us to ghostwrite [LINK]

D.   Will need some support to write. (After all, this is your first book!) You might be interested in our collaborwriting service [LINK]

E.    None of the above. Get in contact!

 

How do I write a book?

Hmm, that’s a good question …

There are so many ways to start! And continue. And finish. To learn about the steps involved, download our ‘How to write a book?’ guide. [LINK TO.]

 
 
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How do I publish a book?

Publishing books has become so much more accessible in the past decade. This means the world is full of books! Some are better than others … Make sure yours is one of the best by seeking professional advice early and often.

To give you some idea of what’s involved in book publishing, download this free checklist and follow our blog for tips and tools. For a short, catchy outline of the three stages involved (writing, publishing and selling your book), go here: [LINK TO ‘HOW TO’ DOWNLOAD]

 

What is editing?

Editing is the overall term used to described the process of improving writing. Editing can be divided into three main areas:

  • Structural
  • Copy
  • Proofread.
 
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What is structural editing? ADD: short critique illo

When you write anything beyond a few pages, it can be hard to see what’s going on in your work. You’re too close to it. We think of structural editing as the great untangler.

A structural edit (also known as substantive edit) will identify and analyse broad story elements in your novel, short story, essay, poetry or short-story collection, memoir or business book. Structural editors look at broader issues, such as organisation of information, missing elements, clarity of argument and matters of character, setting and scenes in fiction or creative non-fiction. We flag areas that might be improved to enhance the story. We ask questions about believability, connections and consistencies.

A substantive edit is useful early in the drafting process. It’s no use crafting lovely sentences and creating fabulous characters only to discover that they just don’t seem to fit!