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Why You Need an Editor
In our last post, we discussed the different methods of drafting a book. Writing a book is just the first leg of an author’s journey. After that, many authors think it's time to publish, but, in fact, it's time to polish the manuscript. The editing process is an integral part of preparing your manuscript for publication. Publishing a book without polishing it first is one of the biggest mistakes self-published authors make. Offering anything less than a professional, polished product makes any author look sloppy, inexperienced, and unprofessional.…
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If you love to write and have a story you want to tell, the only thing that can truly stand between you and success is fear. In this workshop, William Kenower will explore several techniques you can use to help your creativity flow and free yourself from fear. This class is for writers of all genres and skill levels, and it’s designed to be interactive.
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Call for Entries: 2023 Next Generation Indie Book Awards
If you’d like to receive greater recognition, monetary prizes, awards, and exposure for your book, this is one opportunity you’ll want to check into.
This opportunity is for all indie book authors and publishers—including small presses, mid-size independent publishers, university presses, e-book publishers, and self-published authors who have a book written in English and released in 2021, 2022, or 2023 or with a 2021, 2022, or 2023 copyright date.
Presented by Independent Book Publishing Professionals Group (IBPPG) in conjunction with Marilyn Allen (formerly of Allen O'Shea Literary Agency), the Next Generation Indie Book Awards was established to recognize and honor the top independently published books of the year. IBPPG was formed to provide support and recognition for the independent book publishing profession, and they encourage all independent authors and publishers to enter their books in the 2023 Next Generation Indie Book Awards so that they too can earn recognition and receive other benefits from having an award-winning book!
Offering more than 80 categories and over 80 monetary prizes, the Next Generation Indie Book Awards is the largest international awards program for indie authors and independent publishers and the only book awards program of its kind offering more monetary prizes, more awards, more recognition, and more exposure—including exposure to a leading literary agent for possible representation in areas such as distribution, foreign rights, film rights, and other rights!
Awards given to the Finalists and Winners of the 2023 Next Generation Indie Book Awards are:
$1,500 cash prize and trophy for the best Fiction Book
$1,500 cash prize and trophy for the best Non-Fiction Book
$750 cash prize and trophy for the second best Fiction Book
$750 cash prize and trophy for the second best Non-Fiction Book
$500 cash prize and trophy for the third best Fiction Book
$500 cash prize and trophy for the third best Non-Fiction Book
$100 Cash Prize & Gold Medal for all 80+ category Winners
Medals for each finalist in the 80+ categories
The final entry date for the 2023 awards program is February 10, 2023.
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If you want your book to be as good as it can be, copyediting by an experienced book editor is essential. Our experienced editors will ensure your book meets professional publishing standards by correcting problems in grammar, spelling, punctuation, capitalization, logical flow, consistency, redundancy, and factual content. A second set of eyes is invaluable!