How to Know if Your Book Will Be Successful First

Are you someone who dreams of sharing what you’ve learned, created or discovered but worries that you don’t have what it takes to write a book? You know the positive impact you can have and you’d do write your book if only you knew people really wanted it.

Does that sound like you? You are absolutely not alone. Over 80% of Americans say they would like to write a book. What holds them (and maybe, you) back is the stomach-turning fear of being a flop. Nobody wants to be the author of a book that doesn’t sell.

Stuck between a rock and a hard place

I felt that same way after I wrote my first book. I had something I really wanted to share that would help others yet I didn’t want to blow it.

I felt the same after my second and third book. In fact, I had several finished books and almost complete ones on my hard drive, where their titles shot me accusatory glances.

‘Why did your write me if you weren’t intending for anyone else to read me?’

I was totally frustrated with myself. A bit of soul-searching revealed the answer. I was afraid to look dumb.

Mired in Self doubt

Even though I’m an award winning-mediator, former attorney whose work has gotten national press, I didn’t think anyone wanted to hear what I wanted to say in my book.

Ever the creative-problem-solver, I decided to look for a solution to get unstuck. My assumption was that: People won’t buy my book.

I decided to test my assumption to see how accurate it was, being the nerdy, logical type I am. If you doubt about your book idea, here are 3 ideas that can move you beyond your negative beliefs.

Here comes the cavalry- Fiverr!

I consider Fiverr to be my secret weapon (that I’m now sharing with you-shhh).

Fiverr is the largest online marketplace for creative and professional services starting at $5. It’s a godsend for authors because it allows us hone our book ideas and book marketing so we present the most professional book possible in a way that attracts our best readers.

I love not having to learn 20 new things to get the answers I want. I
simply employ the talented providers to help my book shine and me.

1.Solve a problem your readers want to fix

As authors, coaches and consultants, when we see a problem we want to fix it. But you know the old saying, ‘You can lead a horse to water but you can’t make him drink.’ Write about what your readers want to improve.

Hire a research provider on Fiverr to research for you.

Compile a list of:

-Linkedin, Facebook, Google Plus, Yahoo groups on your topic

-Bloggers and forums on your topic

-Internet radio shows and podcasts on your topic

Once you have your master list, hire a VA to search thru the archives for questions about your topic. Ask her to keep track of words and phrases they see repeatedly.

Each list will run your around $15-20 and be done in less than a week. Having that much data makes it easier to shape your book to fit the needs of your readers and be a best seller. That’s not much to pay to be sure there is a market for your book.

Be sure to your gig request clearly specifies what kind of data to collect, i.e. contact info, group/site owner, member numbers and how you want to receive the data, i.e. Google spreadsheet or Excel.

2. Make sure readers want to pay for your solution

Just because something is a problem doesn’t mean we want to fix it or pay for it. I learned that the hard way after doing a lecture series on how to handle difficult clients for architects. They definitely wanted the knowledge, but their margins were so thin, they couldn’t afford me.

Then, that fact meant I stopped looking for opportunities. Now, I’d just write a book for them so they could solve the problem within their budget. Would that work for you?

Hire a writer to create a custom survey for you.

Ask potential readers what problem your book solves and if they are willing to pay for that. Not in those words exactly. That’s where the Fiverr provider comes in.

A writer or copywriter will know the best way to ask the obvious questions you might forget and ‘squirmy’ questions like ‘how much would you pay for that’ without introducing bias.

Be sure to share your goals, how many questions you need written and that you want original work. Isn’t it amazing to know that for only $

3. Send up a test balloon

How about creating a smaller version of your book as a ‘test balloon’? Getting that immediate feedback might be just what you need to stay the course with your book. You can use the Kindle Single program to share your test book. Singles are books from
5000-30,000 words.

Hire a formatter to prepare your single for publishing on
KDP

Yes, you could do it yourself with a free online formatter but why spend your time. The Fiverr provider can have it done quickly and correctly.

Be sure to contact the provider first with questions about what format they want the book in to begin formatting (not pdf).

I still remember how delighted I was to get my first comments back on my book, The Essential Fiverr Buyer’s Guide.

Readers raved with comments like, ‘Awesome guide’ and ‘Wow, very impressed’. My confidence soared. My book was a success and
yours will be, too.

Following these three tips will give you the data you need to feel confident that your book will be successful and help lots of people.

About the Author

Combining her electrifying energy, warm personality and boundless positivity with the skills of an educator, mediator and marketer, Dina Eisenberg is the voice of spirit and wisdom for midlife women small business owners and entrepreneurs.

As an Outsourcing & Remote Work Maven, Dina helps you recapture the value and time you invested in your old content by upcycling it into new digital income streams via her consulting and products.

Her book, The Essential Fiverr Buyer’s Guide is available here on her website.

From Self-Published to Book Contract

Cheap CabernetCathie Beck shares her success from Self-Published to Book Contract:

Striking a book deal with VOICE Books in November of 2009 and then watching my memoir, “Cheap Cabernet: A Friendship” hit bookstores across the country on July 20, 2010 is a saga that looks a lot like many other book authors’ publishing tales.

I drafted “Cheap Cabernet” in 1999, all 90 pages of it. Those 90 pages gave me something to work with and for the next two years, while still working full time as a freelance writer, adjunct professor and PR hack, I worked the manuscript into something palatable and 250 pages long.

Then I went to New York and, while interviewing agents for a magazine article, I surreptitiously interviewed each of them to potentially agent my book. Many agreed to read it and one agent committed to representing it.

Then the fun began. She took it to all “the houses” and a year and three-dozen rejections later, we decided the book needed a rewrite. So rewrite I did. Two years and a second round of rejections later, I threw the thing on a shelf (even as it won regional writing awards).

By then, it was 2008 or something and I read an article about online book marketing. I’ve been doing public relations for ten years and I like “social media” and so with the manuscript collecting dust on a shelf, I went to the 2009 New Orleans Jazz Fest and mulled over self-publishing and an online book launch.

A week of Aaron Neville and Dr. John later, I came home and thought: What if I hosted a “Cheap Cabernet: A Friendship” online book launch party, with the goal of blowing the top off Amazon.com Best Sellers lists? And what if I looped in some agents and book publishers while the book climbed the best-seller ranks? What if I made a Launch Day of Oct. 6, 2009, a date purposefully chosen because it was a Tuesday (agents and publishers are working) and the publishing industry is active (not out for the holidays or summer vacations)?

I decided to go for it. I built a Web site and media lists and wrote press releases. I edited the book one final time, hired a book jacket designer, got it printed and then built “marketing collateral packages” — little gift boxes with plastic wine glasses printed with “Cheap Cabernet” on the side, plus a press release and an autographed copy of book.

I pretended “Cheap Cabernet: A Friendship” was the most critical piece of break-through literature the world had never heard of.

I got other Web sites to post announcements of “Cheap Cabernet: A Friendship’s” Big Launch, and some donated product as giveaways to book buyers. I put all this action on Facebook and Twitter and shamelessly continued five months of constant, driven, excitement-laden activity. I asked all friends and family to not just buy books, but to sell “Cheap Cabernet” to all their friends.

On October 6, 2009, “Cheap Cabernet: A Memoir” hit No. 12 on Amazon.com’s Memoirs Best Seller List (jockeying all morning long with Madeleine Albright’s memoir, “Pins”). It hit overall books Best-Seller at No. 67 and hit No. 1 on Amazon.com’s “Movers & Shakers” list.

Over 500 carefully selected agents and publishers got emails from me all morning long with “print screen” images of “Cheap Cabernet’s” rising up the Amazon Best Sellers Lists. Many were not happy and demanded I remove them from my mailing list, but never-you-mind. Twenty Two publishers and 16 agents asked me to overnight them the book as a result of all that effort.

On Oct. 26, 2009, Dorian Karchmar, a rock star agent, agreed to represent the book. She held a 3-house auction and on Nov. 6, 2009, we sold “Cheap Cabernet: A Friendship” to Brenda Copeland at Hyperion’s VOICE imprint and accelerated its editing and publishing schedule so that “Cheap Cabernet: A Friendship” hit bookstore and retail shelves across the nation on July 20, 2010.

Some might call it a Cinderella publishing story. It is. Only it took the Princess about 10 years to finally find the shoe that fit.

Take-aways:

Decide what you want. Be specific. (Do you want to sell your book or self-publish for the long haul?)

Take an online book marketing class (I teach one now). Learn what works.

Write a 25-word description of your target market: age, gender, income.

Get in front of every online (and otherwise) audience you know.

Pick a launch date and build a Web site.

Get at least one good review. Use it everywhere.

Have faith and go for it with every ounce of your being.

How to Choose a Book Shepherd/Mentor

Book MentorWe know that when you are creating and writing a book, you have a lot of choices on who to work with and how to bring your book to life. That’s why we want you to know our tips for deciding how to choose a book shepherd/mentor.

Here are five factors you should consider in choosing a book shepherd/mentor.

Personality. Personality plays a vital role in your selection. Why? Because you will likely be working with this person for an extended amount of time, perhaps six months to a year. You want someone who you blend with, like his or her style of guidance and leadership, and who works with you in the way that you need to move forward. One of my clients said that my belief in them was the one thing that pulled them through. Other’s just needed me to be there for them when they felt like walking away. Perhaps you need someone who can be tough on you. Whatever you need, just be sure you match that with the book shepherd you chose.

Timeline. Next, you need to consider what timeline you are working in. If you’d like to get the production of your book done in 6-9 months, or 9-12 months, or longer – can that person meet those timelines? How good are they at adhering to the timelines and schedules set forth? What will be the biggest challenges or obstacles that you’ll need to overcome in making those deadlines? You’ll also want to consider how flexible you are in the process. The more flexible, the easier the process will be.

Price. We’ve seen book shepherding all over the pricing spectrum. And it’s one of the most common questions we get asked – How much will it cost to finish my book? Remember in all services there are the Hyundai and the Mercedes Benz. Where are you in that spectrum? Do you want a less expensive service, yet might be willing to sacrifice a little on quality? Or do you want the best of the best?  (Note: A high price tag does not always guarantee great service/quality.)

Reliability. Sadly, I’m shocked by how many service providers don’t actually do what they say they are going to do. Having someone that is reliable and dependable will make the process easier, less stressful, and will help your book stay on schedule. The biggest complaints I have heard with other book shepherds is that they (1) don’t return emails and phone calls in a timely manner, (2), blow out all the scheduled dates for production, and (3), are overwhelmed and end up doing shoddy work. This is by far one of the most important parts of choosing the right person for you and your book.

Proven Experience. Sure your shepherd has finished a few books, but how happy or satisfied are their previous clients? Have you seen a finished copy of their work? Have you contacted the authors? Be sure you check references, read testimonials, and ask the question “Are you still happy with the work they provided?” The keyword here is “still?”  Sometimes we are happy with a service right after it is over, but later see the faults. Ask if the person would recommend them to a friend, and most importantly would they use them again.

Overall, you have many choices and decisions to make when finishing your book production. But by far, the most important choice is whom you choose to shepherd you through the process. You definitely have a choice in the matter, so do your homework and go with your gut!

Happy Book Production! By the way, what are your thoughts on book shepherds?

Are you an online stalker? I bet you are.

Online stalkerAs a writer, you are also a marketer. It’s just like any business; marketing must be an essential piece of getting your work out into the world. We’d all like to be discovered while sitting in a coffee shop writing our next book, but the reality is that we need to put ourselves out there to get the attention we crave and deserve.

When I hear what people are doing to create more business for themselves, I question – are you an online stalker?

What I mean by this, is that you spend the majority of your time online, yet you leave no trail left behind. If you are hanging out in social media, you aren’t posting. If you are reading blogs, you aren’t commenting on blogs. If you see something that is good and worth sharing, you aren’t sharing it.

This is my definition of an online stalker. A person who rarely interacts, yet is constantly watching and observing all that is going on.

While I’m sure you aren’t looking to get a peep show, or have some other voyeuristic tendencies – being an online stalker is simply a waste of time.

The only way to drive traffic back to yourself, get noticed with your work and your writing – or whatever else you offer – is to be engaged.
From now on – think about how you can participate more, instead of being a stalker – be an instigator. A person who initiates a course of action (according to good ole’ Webster Dictionary).

That means…

Actively post in your social media accounts

Comment on the blogs you read

Share information and resources of what you like

Share yourself in a video (not an opportunity to present a peep show 🙂 )

Write reviews on people you’ve worked with and places you’ve been

Send out endorsements in LinkedIn

Now go out and half fun, be yourself, share your services and your work, and start instigating.

Improve Your Writing with Chicken Soup

Write in a JournalThere are moments in our life where we are completely present and aware of all that is happening to us, and around us. Sometimes those moments are over a bowl of chicken soup, an American staple for nursing someone back to health, or warming your body on a cool day.

Either way, chicken soup, especially the homemade kind, can bring you into the moment and allow you to be in touch with all of your senses. Feel the warmth of the broth slide down your throat and reach the top of your belly, the taste of carrots melt away into your mouth, and the smell penetrating the kitchen, and causing your taste buds to salivate.  (Pass the crackers, please!)

During my own adventures of improving my writing and getting better at my trade, I’ve found that being present in the moment is a surefire way to write with real intention.

Most of us skip through our days without having a single thought that we can remember or a moment that we can hold on to. When we are present to the moments in our day, they become etched in our memory and allow us to recount those experiences on the page.

The woman sitting across from me intent on her computer, a pierced bottom lip, and a swirling tattoo on her left shoulder. I can see a character within her, I can imagine her life, I can see her magnificence. She then becomes an expression of creativity through me. Stopping along the way to find the moments, the pieces, or the seconds we can incorporate into our writing, we improve by becoming present to the things around us.

While you may not consider yourself a writer, being present can improve your life in all areas, not just with the pen.  Try it for yourself. Oh the pleasures of presence.

Tackling Your Muse – When it’s Time to Hunt for Inspiration

Writng Where is she? That wise, creative energy that is eluding me? Where is my muse? The one who gives me ideas and makes me jump out of bed in the middle of the night. The one who keeps me drinking cold tea, filling my head with ideas in the shower, or the one who keeps me from the shower when she’s around. She’s escaped me, she’s gone away. Muse – oh muse, come back here.

This may be exactly how you feel right now. Like your muse has temporarily left you. Life is busy, with holiday parties, obligations, commitments, the to-do list, laundry, shopping, and more laundry.

The muse has escaped.

Or maybe- just maybe she’s abandoned you, because you’ve abandoned HER.

This is more like it.

If your muse has left, and if you are itching to create, yet have a bazillion things to do and even more junk twirling around your head than you can even remember – now is the perfect time to bring out your big guns and go hunt that muse down.

You see, your muse is what keeps you writing. She (or he) is what keeps you creating. She’s the idea maker, the source of inspiration. She comes and goes and hardly ever when we need or want her – she’s usually on her own time and doing her own thing. She’ll swing by in the middle of a conversation with a friend, she loves to hang out in the shower, or even around the kitchen sink over a pile of dirty dishes. But she absolutely abhors the computer, or journal, or any other capturing device. How clever she is.

She’s elusive. She’s sneaky. Yet, she’s pure genius. It’s a love-hate relationship we have with our muse. More love than hate of course. Except when an impending deadline is looming and she’s nowhere to be found.

So I say it’s time to tackle her, sit her down and have a talking to with her. In order to do this, you may need to go for a long walk, take a hot bath, or visit an art gallery.

The key here is you must SEEK her to find her.

She’s a lot like Santa Claus. She knows when you’ve been creating or not, and she knows when you’ve been avoiding her too. She hides when you want to see her, and appears when you aren’t paying attention or after you’ve fallen asleep at night.
But enough is enough. Just go get her already.

Maybe it’s time to write her a note, and ask her to play more. Thank her for all of her hard work and dedication over the years. Perhaps buy her some flowers and chocolates, and turn on some of her favorite music.

Oh Muse- Come out, come out – wherever you are.

She loves attention, in fact she hates when she’s not the center of it. The more you ignore her, the more she’ll ignore you. Take THAT, she’ll say. Just when you need her the most.

She likes to play hard to get. She’s wants you to want her. And if she thinks you don’t care, she’ll move on, she’ll find someone else to entertain and inspire. She’ll sulk in a corner and give you the cold shoulder…until you beg her to come back.

So…are you asking your muse to come and play, or have you been wishing her away?

When is the best time to market your book? Uh – Now!

Money and booksIt’s one of the most common questions I hear from my writers and authors that I meet – When should they start marketing their book?

My answer is always the same.

I hate to break it to you, but NOW, now, now, now. It doesn’t matter if you’ve only written the first paragraph or you are almost to print – if you haven’t started to market your book yet, then you need to start today.

Next, I get a load of buts.

But, I’m still six months out from being in print.

But, I’m still writing.

But, I need to finish this (chapter, cover design, my sister’s wedding) first.

But, I don’t know how.

But, I don’t have time.

Let me share this with you, there’s nothing worse than working on your book for a whole year (or more) and then launching it to VERY minimal results.

Now is the absolute best time to start, no matter where you are in the process – writing, editing, proofing, or printing.

People need and want to hear a buzz about the book. You want them drooling and clamoring over grabbing a copy on the release day. You want them waiting to whip out their credit card and make that order.

Next question I get asked….

But, how LONG of a time do I need to market my book?

That depends. Minimally I would say six months. Ideally even 9 months… absolute worst case scenario three months.

My question back to you is, how important is getting your book out there and having it be successful right off the get-go?

The more you put into it, the more you’ll get out of it.

If you’d like to know more about a book marketing plan, check out our book called How to Bring Your Book to Life This Year: An Exploratory Guidebook on Writing and Self-Publishing.  

The Author Bio: Six Important Components

Author BiographySo we’re writers, right? Which means throwing together a few sentences about ourselves should be no big deal, right?  No?

Damn.

So I’ve been working on that little thing called an author bio. You know, the thing that goes on your website/blog and eventually if you’re published, in your book. It’s only a few sentences but it’s supposed to tell your reader something about you and hopefully make you seem…well, that’s one of the issues.  How do you want to appear?  Likeable? Intelligent? Worldly? Funny? Mega-super-important?

What image are you going for? What best conveys who you actually are?

To start this process, I went and looked at some bios of other authors. For those that were multi-published, award-winning, well-established, the bios were often pretty dry. Mostly consisting of what they had published and the accolades attached to that. Well, if we’re not at that point yet, what exactly should we put in it?

Based on my very unscientific research, here are the things that stood out in the best bios:

1. The author seemed relatable.

This can be something simple–they drink a lot of coffee, have a pet, like 80s music, whatever. It makes you realize, oh they’re just another person like me.

2. A touch of humor

This is a biggy for me. I love an author to have a sense of humor in their bio. Now, if the person is writing serious literary fiction about genocide or something, maybe that’s not so fitting. But in general, I think a little wit and humor goes a long way.

3. Some personal history

I like to know what a person was doing before they became a writer. Did they have other careers? Where did they go to school? This gives me more of a sense of who they are. Someone who majored in math is probably going to be very different from someone who majored in art history.

4. Said where the author lives (even if that’s vaguely stated)

I don’t know why, but for me, this is something I want to know. For instance, if the person lives in Texas or Louisiana, I already feel a bit of kinship with them. Plus, people like to support local authors, so putting your state in there can alert readers in your area that you’re a native.

5. The person sounded interesting!

Every one of us has SOMETHING interesting about ourselves. Quirky jobs, strange talents, silly interests. Pick a few of those things to include. It doesn’t have to be anything major. In fact, I think the smaller, random things are usually best.

6. You got a sense of their voice.

Yes, I know, it always comes back to voice, doesn’t it? People who wrote serious stories tended to have serious bios. Young adult authors tended to have upbeat, funny bios that teens could relate too. Get the picture?

So, after taking all those things into account, here’s what I came up with for mine. Feel free to give me honest feedback since this is still a work in progress.

Roni wrote her first romance novel at age fifteen when she discovered writing about boys was way easier than actually talking to them. Since then, her flirting skills haven’t improved, but she likes to think her storytelling ability has. After earning a master’s degree in social work from Louisiana State University, she worked in a mental hospital, counseled birthmothers as an adoption coordinator, and did management recruiting in her PJs (thankfully, not all at the same time). But she always returned to writing.                  

Though she’ll forever be a New Orleans girl at heart, she now lives in Dallas with her husband and son where the salsa’s better, but the seafood leaves a lot to be desired. If she’s not working on her latest sexy story, you can find her reading, watching reality television, or indulging in her unhealthy addiction to rock concerts.                                                                                                          

Visit her website at http://fictiongroupie.blogspot.com/

Alright, so what do you like to see in an author bio? Do you read the bios in the back of books or on people’s blogs? Who has a great bio that stood out to you?

Can a book really be easy? Three So-Easy Strategies – They’re Just Silly

Happy womanIt’s hard to believe just a year ago I didn’t even have a book in the pipeline. At the time, it was just some pipe-dream. Little did I know that in less than twelve months I’d soon have two books on the market. It seems ironic since I had struggled for years to even commit to an idea for a book, but now the ideas are everywhere.

Why was my experience so easy? What was different or was I just plain lucky?  In reality it was none of those excuses that even I’d love to believe. If I happen to come across a page of luck, I’d surely share my secret formula, but it isn’t about luck at all.

Over the course of the year, there have been three-oh-so-easy strategies that supported this stellar growth. Besides only sleeping on Sundays, and cloning myself, – teasing –  these are the three things that I know can help bring your book to life too!

Drumroll p-uh-lease!?!

Collaboration. First, I didn’t go at it alone. Lone-ranger out – team player in! My book and business partner Lisa Shultz is my main collaborator; however, in our first book we had 47 other lovely ladies submit their chapters to us. Which made the writing process a whole-heck-of-a-lot easier. Imagine a book with your name on it and you just have to write a few chapters!?   When I went to take my first stab at writing a book, I failed, I barely got started, and the whole-darn process seemed overwhelming as all get out. I quit. Here’s where luck or serendipity did come in, Lisa asked me to join her on her book project, and I said yes!  Suddenly, I saw the light. If you want to do something big in your life, whether write a book or become president, you are not going to get their alone.

Goals. I know, this sounds elementary. But they work. Goals, deadlines, and a fire under your-you-know-what are seriously the key to just getting that book written and out into the world.  Trying to write a book without some looming deadline means that your book may, just may, be ready for print in 2025.  Clearly define your goals and figure it out from there. When Lisa and I partnered at the end of 2009, we picked late August for our launch date. We then worked backwards and timed out every step in between. It kept us on schedule and it kept the process moving along. We always knew where we had to be and when we had to be there by. Goals, however over-emphasized in our world, are a shortcut to accomplishment.

Accountability. If no one knows you are writing a book, or if you’ve locked up your work in a vault fearful of putting it out into the world – it’s never going to get out there. Accountability to others is one of the fastest ways to get your book done and out to market. Lisa and I checked in with each other so frequently during the writing and compilation of our books, that we never missed a beat. How are you on this? Where are you on that? How’s this coming along? What can I do to help you? Flailing along as a solo-aspiring-author is difficult, challenging, and lonely-as-the corner ice cream store in a February snowstorm. Don’t do it, do not, under any circumstances attempt to go at it alone. If you are writing a book as the sole author, it doesn’t mean that you can’t have an accountability partner, coach, friend, or mentor. Team up and you will find a pot of gold at the end of that rainbow, filled with inspiration, encouragement, and motivation.

So really, as you can see – writing and getting two books complete in one year isn’t all that hard if you abide by these oh-so-easy-strategies. Don’t wait to get your book done. Get your book done this year!

And if you are ready to take the leap and write your book this year, then check out our book, How to Bring Your Book to Life This Year.

Editing Tips: How to Edit Your Own Work

book editingIf you’ve ever wondered how to edit your own work, here are a few tips to get you going. However, I highly recommend hiring a professional editor for any work that will be printed or published. Nothing looks or feels worse than an obvious grammar or spelling mistake on paper.

When Lisa and I teamed up to create Speaking Your Truth, I followed the motto – good is good enough, although she pushed me for more perfectionism, I pushed back with letting go. Now – after it’s all said and done, I agree with her – when your work is in print, make it look pretty.

Prior to giving your work to a professional editor, here are a few ways you can get your work into tip-top shape.

First, give it some space. Reading a piece for edits just after you’ve written it is extremely difficult, for even the most experienced writers. A little time and space between writing and editing will guarantee that you have fresh eyes on your work. When you edit immediately after writing something your mind still knows what you were thinking and can easily miss glaringly obvious mistakes like using knot for not, or our for are, or there for their. Allow at least 24 hours between writing and editing; even better give it a full week.

Next, read your work out loud. While that may not sound fun or feasible – it works. There’s something about hearing it out loud that will trigger the editor to find the mistakes. It also forces your brain to see the words in order to speak them. You can also hear sentences that are run-ons, that don’t flow with the others in the body of work, or will simply sound choppy to the reader.

Lastly, read it backwards. Yep, that’s right. To me, nothing works better than reading your work backwards. Simply start at the end of your piece, chapter, or article and then read line by line starting with the last one.  Read one line, move to the previous line, then the one before that. It’s amazing the difference this makes. It allows you to see the work sentence by sentence instead of a conceptual viewpoint.

Here’s a bonus tip – write ahead of schedule. Writing under strict deadlines is a surefire way to editing nightmares.  The tighter you are on the deadline, the less likely you are to reread your work, look for errors, and fix them before sending it off to print, publish, or post.

Do you have an editing tips that works for you? We’d love to hear about it. Share your editing tips below.

Are you writing a book, or just considering it? Have you finished your manuscript and not sure where to go next? Are you thinking about self-publishing or looking for time-money-energy-saving tips? Check out services by Self-Publishing Experts in getting your work out into the world.