As a book editor, I often get approached by authors who have just finished writing their book and now need an editor. They’re usually delighted to have finished writing and think the hard work is over, and that their book will be published in a few weeks. What many authors fail to factor in is… Continue reading How Long Does It Take to Get a Book Edited and Published?
Over time, a misconception seems to have arisen that the word count for any book should be 80,000 words. This assumed word count most likely came from the traditional publishing world, and largely related to novels. But the ideal word count for a nonfiction book is different to that of a novel. In the modern… Continue reading How Long Should a Nonfiction Book Be? Top Tips on Nonfiction Word Count
We’ve all heard the saying “Everyone has one good book in them” or some variation. In fact, the original quote was by journalist Christopher Hitchens, who stated, “Everyone has a book in them and that, in most cases, is where it should stay.” Hitchens was presumably talking about novels. Indeed, many people struggle to envisage… Continue reading How to Write a Nonfiction Book: 10 Simple Steps
Well, that’s what Shakespeare might be asking if he was still alive. Indeed, it is the question on many a budding author’s lips. As a freelance book editor, authors I work with often ask the question: should I self-publish or look for a traditional publisher? The simple answer is that it depends on who you… Continue reading To Publish or Self-Publish, That Is the Question…