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Don’t Send Your Book Out in its Pajamas

March 6, 2012
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Don’t Send Your Book Out in its Pajamas

It’s exciting to finish your book. Believe me, I know. I just finished our first book. The cover is done, and you’re ready to send it out to the world, right? Not so fast. There are several steps to take to ensure your book is the best it can be. Send it to beta...

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Publishing News

January 18, 2012
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Publishing News

As well as editing for our clients (hint: we have a few openings in our schedule! Contact me from Rakestraw Book Design), I’ve been focusing on my own writing. What, you write? Yes, I do. My first short story was published in December in...

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And the Winner is…

November 30, 2011
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And the Winner is…

I have reached the end of my first NaNoWriMo! And, I passed 50,000 words. I am proud of myself for writing so diligently all month long; it has shown me what I’m capable of with only limited time available. Of course, the book isn’t...

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First Nanowrimo

November 23, 2011
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First Nanowrimo

I admit I’ve been neglecting the blog… this year I figured I’d do NaNoWriMo. What the heck, right? Hubby and I have had some story ideas bouncing around in...

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Do You NaNo?

October 22, 2011
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The days are counting down to the start of 2011′s NaNoWriMo. Are you participating? If you do, terrific. If not, that’s terrific, too. It isn’t for everyone, but for...

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The Other Side of the Glass… Being Interviewed

September 18, 2011
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Joey Kelley, author extraordinaire, interviewed me! I’m used to interviewing others, not being the one in the hotspot. She did a fabulous job, and I hope I performed as...

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The Publishing Process

This is the process a book must go through before you find it on the shelves at your local bookstore:

Develop and write manuscript

Proof

Edit

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Edit

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Edit

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Edit

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Design

Typeset

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Typeset corrections

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Typeset more corrections

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Make ready for press

Proof blueline

Print

Bind

Ship

Distribute books

Are you sure you can and want to do all that editing yourself?