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What goes on your copyright (or imprint) page?

Open up any professionally published book. On page 1 you’ll see the title. On the flipside, you’ll see a bunch of scary legal information – copyright symbols, disclaimers, ISBNs, Dewey numbers, publisher details and more. This is your book’s copyright page, or imprint page.If your book is being published by a traditional publisher, or if […]

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Chapter structure made easy: our fail-proof guide

For every non-fiction book (particularly ‘how-to’ books), there is one chapter structure that works every time. It’s effective, interesting and easy to follow, which makes for happy readers who are not only more likely to finish that chapter, but to read the next one too. What is that structure?‘What’, ‘Why’, ‘How’.WhatNo matter what Simon Sinek says, I […]

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Think content is king? Think again

Content is important – no argument here. After all, it doesn’t matter how much style you have if there’s no substance. However, for your content to have any impact, it needs to be delivered in an easily-digestible form. You create this with your structure.Why structure is so importantWhile many people think an editor focuses on […]

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Book launch planning

How to choose what goes into your book

You’ve been in business for a few years now, and you have a whole slew of marketing content up your sleeve – brochures, flyers, blog posts, articles, interviews, case studies and more. Writing a book should be easy, right? You can just use your existing content to bulk up your word count.While using existing content […]

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NEVER apologise for what you write

Over the past year I’ve edited a few books which have touched on mindset, spirituality and the law of attraction as a part of the main framework of the book. And I’ve noticed that, whenever authors write about an area that might be deemed unusual or unconventional in their circle, they tend to apologise.The first […]

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3 things I wish I knew before self-publishing

Pat Fitzpatrick is an Irish writer who just self-published his first novel Keep Away From those Ferraris. A few months later, and what does he wish he new before self-publishing? (originally published at http://catherineryanhoward.com/2014/01/22/3-things-i-wish-i-knew-before-self-publishing-my-novel/)It’s over a month since I self-published my new thriller. Now that I have some distance from all the madness, it’s time to warn others what it […]

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Why you shouldn’t rely on spell check

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3 ways to research your book

Following last week’s post, if you think your book could use a bit more research, here are some ideas to get you started.1. Interview expertsInterview some people who are experts in your book’s subject matter. Some of us get stumped on this one, because we think, “well I don’t know any experts,” but you might be surprised.An […]

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How much research does your book need?

One of the questions I often get asked by writers who are in the writing (or planning) process is how much research they need to do for their book.The amount of research you need depends on two things:1Your knowledge as an author, and2The subject of your book.1. Your knowledge as an authorThe more knowledge you have […]

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5 ways to keep your writing momentum up over Christmas

With Christmas coming up, it’s easy to lose your writing momentum as you lose yourself in the holiday festivities. Unfortunately, once you lose momentum, can be even harder to get back into the habit of writing than it was to get started.So, here are some tips to ensure you don’t lose momentum this holiday season: […]

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