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Smash all the Windows: the proofread

The Making of a Book

This week we come to the final edits and the proofread. And for this I used Perry Iles. He describes his job as ‘look after the small stuff’, but attention to grammar, spelling and consistency (is it proofread, proof read or proof-read?) is vital at this stage, when the temptation might be think you’re on…
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Smash all the Windows: how I use beta readers

The Making of a Book

Beta readers are an essential part of my editorial process. I couldn’t do without them. What is a beta reader, and how does this differ from an advance reader? Confusingly, authors use different terms to describe the same role, or sometimes one term is employed to describe different roles. When I use the term ‘beta…
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Smash all the Windows: the structural edit

The Making of a Book

In this week’s blog, I focus on the structural edit. It includes a contribution from my structural editor, Dan Holloway, the person Stephen Fry might have had in mind when he said, “We are not nouns, we are verbs.” “I am not a thing – an actor, a writer – I am a person who…
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Smash all the Windows: my cover design process

The Making of a Book

This week will be the first of a short series of posts about the production of Smash all the Windows. Its cover design has been attracting compliments, with many people wanting to know about my cover design process.  One of the other huge joys of self-publishing is choosing how to present your work. Given that…
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Virtual Book Club: Darlene Jones introduces When the Sun Was Mine

Today, I’m delighted to welcome Darlene Jones to Virtual Book Club, my interview series which gives authors the opportunity to pitch their novels to your book club. Darlene Jones is a retired educator and writer. A graduate of the University of Alberta she was a teacher, principal, second language consultant, and staffing officer with Edmonton…
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Virtual Book Club: Virginia Moffatt introduces Echo Hall

Today, I’m delighted to welcome Virginia Moffatt to Virtual Book Club, my interview series which gives authors the opportunity to pitch their novels to your book club. Virginia was born in London, one of eight children, several of whom are writers. Her eldest brother writes about theology and politics, one sister is a poet, a…
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Virtual Book Club: Elizabeth Gates introduces The Wolf of Dalriada

Today, I’m delighted to welcome Elizabeth Gates to Virtual Book Club, my interview series which gives authors the opportunity to pitch their novels to your book club. Between reading English Language & Literature at Bedford College, University of London, and acquiring an MA in Linguistics at the University of Essex, Elizabeth explored Europe as a teacher…
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Virtual Book Club: Kat Michels introduces In A Time Never Known

Today, I’m delighted to welcome Kat Michels to Virtual Book Club, my interview series which gives authors the opportunity to pitch their novels to your book club. Kat lives in Los Angeles, CA, with her two puggles. She is the author of a historical fiction novel, three children’s book, and a series of mini-biographies about extraordinary…
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My Reading Year 2017

According to this article by Beulah Maud Devaney in the Guardian, the average reader will read 3,000 books during their lifetime (assuming they make it to 90). Like many readers who chose books they are told they ‘ought to read’, Devaney felt cheated when she didn’t enjoy an estimated 300 of the the 900 books…
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Virtual Book Club: Katrina Shawver introduces Henry: A Polish Swimmer’s True Story of Friendship from Auschwitz to America

Today, I’m delighted to welcome Katrina Shawver to Virtual Book Club, my interview series which gives authors the opportunity to make a pitch to your book club. Katrina is an experienced writer, blogger, speaker, and the author of Henry: A Polish Swimmer’s True Story of Friendship from Auschwitz to America, an adult nonfiction biography released…
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