Thanks for speaking to us Graham. So, what is your book about? Graduate Entry Medicine is a step-by-step guide for graduates on how to gain a place at medical school. It includes routes into medicine for graduates, detailed information on the application process for each medical school that offers the course (such as interviews and … More Dr. Graham Blackman, Graduate Entry Medicine
Is it your dream to read and critique books all day? Would you love to help authors bring their books to life? If this sound like the dream role for you, then perhaps you should consider becoming a book editor. But how do you become a book editor? What skills and knowledge do you need? … More So, You Want to Be a Book Editor?
In the last few guides, we looked at the top five grammar errors and the top three punctuation errors. But there’s another area of writing where mistakes are lurking around every corner, and that’s capitalisation. While correct capitals were once the preserve of publishers, magazines, and newspapers, the rise of the internet has seen these … More Top 3 Capitalisation Errors
So, we’ve looked at the most common grammar errors. But what about punctuation? Some of the most heinous crimes against writing have been committed with bad punctuation. Once you know these bad boys, you’ll see them everywhere. Even in company names! I’ll show you the top three punctuation errors, and how to avoid these mistakes … More Top 3 Common Punctuation Errors
You might have the perfect date or partner for Valentine’s day, but how do you find the perfect editor for you? As an author looking for an editor, where do you look? After all, there’s no Tinder or Bumble for editors! The process is actually not that different to searching for the love of your … More Where Can I Find the Best Editor for Me?
Do you dream of eliminating typos from your favourite books or magazines? Do you find yourself spotting errors in adverts, menus, and billboards? If so, being a proofreader might just be your ideal job! But what does it take to become a proofreader? Do you need a degree? And how do you start on the … More So, You Want to Be a Proofreader?
So, you’ve written a book, blog post, article, or essay, and now you need an editor or perhaps a proofreader. But how do you know who to choose? With the plethora of editors and freelancers out there, how do you know who the best freelancer is for you? Here at The Book Shelf, we know … More How to Choose an Editor or Proofreader
As a nonfiction book editor, I’m often asked whether it’s possible to publish a book as a non-native speaker or writer, and my answer is always of course you can! In fact, as a freelance editor I work with non-native authors fairly often, and when I worked in-house for a book publisher, around half of … More Can I Publish a Book as a Non-Native Writer?
Having proofread over 400 books, I’ve encountered many a common grammar error. The same mistakes pop up time and time again. In fact, they’re so common that I see them in published books, on billboards, and even in huge national advertising campaigns! So today, we’ll look at the top 5 common grammar errors that writers … More Top 5 Common Grammar Errors
As a book editor, authors often ask me how to self-publish a book and what the self-publishing process entails. In this article, I’ll run through the self-publishing process, the people you may need to hire, and the options. The rise of self-publishing has provided a great alternative for authors who don’t wish to use traditional … More How to Self-Publish Your Book: A Step-by-Step Guide
When you’re writing a nonfiction book, you might wonder what the difference is between an introduction and a preface. Do you need both? And what about a foreword? As an editor, I’m often asked by authors what the difference is between a preface and an introduction. So here, I’ll answer some common questions, explain the … More Introduction vs. Preface: What’s the Difference?
Wondering how long it will take to get your book edited and published? Find out here… … More How Long Does It Take to Edit & Publish a Book?
To publish or self-publish, that is the question on many budding authors’ lips? Get insights into publishing or self-publishing your book here. … More To Publish or Self-Publish? That Is the Question…
Want to write a non-fiction book? Discover ten simple steps to write a great nonfiction book. … More How to Write a Nonfiction Book: 10 Simple Steps
If you’re writing a nonfiction book, do you know how long it should be? Get tips on nonfiction word counts here. … More How Long Should a Nonfiction Book Be? A Guide to Word Count