Can I Use Quotes in My Book? Copyright, permissions, and plagiarism…

Quoting other authors in your book can be a minefield. Do you need the author’s permission? Is it a breach of copyright? Can you get sued? Find the answers here…

What Is More Lucrative—Traditional Publishing or Self-Publishing?

Most authors would like to earn something for their books. The question is: what will make you more money as an author—traditional publishing or self-publishing? Let’s weigh them up.

How Much Does Professional Book Editing Cost?

You’ve written a book. You’re ready to hire an editor. The question on your mind is: how much is this going to cost me? How do you know what budget to set aside and whether the price pitched are reasonable? Here’s an insider’s guide to book editing costs…

Top 3 Capitalisation Errors

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…

Top 3 Common Punctuation 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…

Top 5 Common Grammar Errors

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…

How to Self-Publish Your Book: A Step-by-Step Guide

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…

Introduction vs. Preface: What’s the Difference?

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…