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Is Your Manuscript in a Mess? Find Order in the Chaos With This Simple Exercise

I love organizing really big messes. Not closets or garages. The messes I like to organize are massive amounts of content. A sentence here, a paragraph there, and a transcript elsewhere, and they all need to be synthesized into a coherent, compelling document.

Are You an Authority Without a Book? Use These Tips to Plan Your Manuscript

Pick one ideal person, maybe a client or someone you know, or a hypothetical ideal reader, and think about what you want to tell her. When you know how old she is, how much she already knows on the topic, and what you want her to take away from your book and do in response to your writing, you will be in a much better position to collect your thoughts.

5 Tips to Find Your Best Editor for Your Book Manuscript

5 Tips to Find Your Best Editor for Your Book Manuscript

A writer who worked with another editor came to me in tears after her book reviewers returned their reviews and asked “This isn’t the edited copy, is it?” I created these 5 tips for the client to use in finding an editor for her next book, and I want to share them with you, too, so you can find a great editor who will understand your expectations and support your goals.