As a new or budding author, everyone and his mother will tell you to use blogging to promote your new business book. And they would, of course, be right.
Writing as an expert in your field is only partly about who you are and what you know.
I learned that from once being locked in an old wardrobe.
I was 14 years old. My brothers, the culprits, were 12, 10 and 8, and it was a horrible albeit brief encounter that taught me a lesson I will never forget.
“It is impossible to live without failing at something unless you live so cautiously that you might as well not have lived at all – in which case, you fail by default.” J. K. Rowling
You spend months researching, writing, editing, then tweaking your book proposal until it positively sings.
The first rejection (“Dear Writer – No thanks”), hurts.
The second stings.
The many letters received after, including the: “Not for us”, “Not a right fit”, “Cannot use at this time” and “This doesn’t thrill me”, positively lacerate your soul.
You’ve finished your manuscript, enlisted beta readers, and implemented their feedback.
The next step is to hire a professional editor. But when you search online, you discover there’s more than one type.
What type of editor do you need, and at what stage of the publishing process should you hire one?
This short guide will explain four types of editing for non-fiction writers, and when to consider seeking them.
Publishing contracts are notoriously difficult to navigate. In fact, I’d stick my neck out to suggest you should not enter into a publishing contract, unless you have an agent by your side.