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10 Steps To Clean Up Your Manuscript

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10 Steps To Clean Up Your Manuscript

So you've written your masterpiece and you are ready to dive into the deep end of self-editing or perhaps you've hired an editor. All you need to do is send off that document, or start doing edits, right? Well you could, but if you want a truly professional piece there are a few things you need to do before you start editing to ensure your document will be ready for formatting as soon as your edits are complete. Here are 10 steps you need to do to clean up your manuscript for a truly professional result. I'm going to assume...

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Key Amazon Self-Publishing Terms You Need To Know

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Key Amazon Self-Publishing Terms You Need To Know

There are many important terms, names and acronyms in the self-publishing world. In order to navigate your publishing process successfully it's important you understand what they all stand for, and what they mean for your project. It's easy to get confused with all the jargon, so here's a few key terms specific to Amazon that you should know. KDP - Kindle Direct Publishing - This is Amazon's self publishing portal. This is where you sign up to publish your book on Amazon, check your sales, payments, etc. Kindle Select - Amazon's exclusive program. If you are only interested in publishing...

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Why Hire A Self-Publishing Coach?

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Why Hire A Self-Publishing Coach?

So what the heck is a self-publishing coach and why should you hire one? A self-publishing coach is someone who walks through the publishing process with a new author. If you had an agent and a traditional publishing contract, you would have various people helping you through the process of polishing your manuscript, editing, formatting, cover design, distribution and marketing. Any questions you have, would be answered by these people. They would train you, mentor you, guide you, and help you get our book out into the world. A self-publishing coach helps fill that role for authors pursuing self-publishing. Publishing...

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The Story of BLOG TO BOOK

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The Story of BLOG TO BOOK

Blog To Book was never an intentional book. In fact, I was so focused on launching my brand new blog, STEAM Powered Family, that I had put all my novels and publishing plans on the back burner. After attending a blogging conference, I realized my experience and knowledge of self-publishing was something many bloggers needed. Books and blogging go together beautifully, and I was in a unique position to help fuse these two realms together for bloggers. I'm a writer and author. I've been writing since I was young and had my first pieces published through winning a local writing...

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