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Top Reasons to Outsource Your Editing

When it comes to publishing your work, there are some places where you may already be planning to outsource before you send your book to the presses. You may already know that your layout, graphic design and advertising would be best left to professionals, but what about editing? Many writers make the mistake of cutting costs on editing by having friends and family look over their book instead of hiring an actual editor take a swing at it. Here are some reasons why outsourcing an editor is one cost that you don’t want to skip out on.

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Writing A Basic Book Outline

Outlining your book is an integral part of successfully understanding the pieces that you want to create and how they’re all going to fit together. If you’ve never written a book before, or if you’re looking to make your next writing endeavor smoother than the last, understanding a basic book outline is a great place to start.

Understand Your Topic

Before you go any further, you need to understand your topic. First of all, how detailed are you planning to be? If you’re writing a book that is going to require 200,000 words to get your point across, you may want to consider breaking it down or simplifying your message. Get a basic idea of what you want to share, express or say before you really begin your outline.

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5 Ways To Be More Confident In Your Writing

Those who call themselves writers will probably tell you two things. The first? Writing is hard. It’s difficult to start and probably even more difficult to end. The second? Your inner critic will be your own worst enemy and try to stop you from writing more times than you can keep track of. Learning to silence that voice is a skill many writers need to have to finish their book. Here are five tips to help you become a more confident writer.

  1. Stop comparing yourself to others.

It’s time to stop comparing yourself to veteran writers who have years of experience under their belt. Only with time will you be able to see the remarkable difference that experience and practice makes in writing.

  1. Recognize that you have a different perspective.

The way you perceive the world is completely different from others and nobody can write and convey your thoughts in the same way that you do. There is no “perfect” style of writing. It’s all about finding your own unique voice.

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3 Things To Avoid When Writing

You’re working hard every day, pushing chapters out one after the other. The word count is breezing by, accumulating with every hour, and nothing seems to be stopping you. You’re absolutely determined on getting your book finished and having it published. But, don’t get too carried away. There are three things you watch out for when writing your next page.

1. Skimping on Research

If your book includes loads of details and facts, it is crucial to ensure that everything stated inside is correct and relevant. There is nothing more embarrassing than having readers complain about iffy figures or dates in your book after it’s been published. Double- and triple-check your work to ensure this never happens to you.

2. Lack of Depth

Your personal deadline might be coming head on and there are still a few chapters you have yet to start on. In hopes of completing everything on time, you might decide to take shortcuts, writing less than needed and leaving out details just to speed up the process. Choosing quantity over quality should never be done. Readers might require the information that you’re cutting out. Instead, take a step back and consider if what you’re leaving out is truly as unimportant as you think.

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Get Back Into Writing

Writers knows that if they want their work to be impeccable, they have to take breaks to work out those creative kinks they suffer. But what happens when the break lasted far too long and now it seems daunting to leap back into writing? Here are some ways to battle those fears.

 

Start a new project.

Chances are you’ve probably already forgotten what you wrote in the previous week or month or even year. It’s harder to get back into the flow of things when there’s been a large gap in your writing project. With this being said, choose a random prompt or idea you’ve had your mind on and work on getting back into the groove of writing. When you feel more comfortable with writing, you can start to ease back into your previous work.

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Hiring Support When Self-Publishing

Once you’ve decided to self publish, it’s important to sit down and decide which aspects of your book to handle yourself, and which aspects you’d like to outsource. When it comes to self-publishing, the least expensive option is definitely to handle everything on your own. When it comes to producing a professional looking book however, inexpensive should not always be the deciding factor. READ MORE

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Finding the Right Editor

When you’re publishing your own book, there are some areas where you can’t afford to cut corners; editing your work is one of these places. You’ve spent unbelievable amounts of time on your book, and you want to put your best foot forward when you release it to the public. Remember that a well-edited book speaks volumes about your professionalism and your place in the publishing world.

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