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Last time we looked at how book maps can help in nonfiction editing. Now let’s look at how this technique can help novelists. As I worked on how to illustrate this, I found myself redacting so much information from so many client book maps, that you would…
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Last time I wrote about how to use Excel to create a book map. My friend and editor Travis Perry once declared spreadsheets to be “antithetical to coherent communication,” and maybe you feel the same way, in which case a graphic representation may work…
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A book map is a visual representation of a book’s contents. This allows for easy analysis of elements and can reveal gaps in the content of a nonfiction book or the storyline of a novel. You may have used a book map without even realizing that’s what you…
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When I got out of my car at church on Sunday and heard a police helicopter overhead, I was mildly curious about what was going on, but I didn’t give it much thought. Then in Sunday school our group…
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Last time I mentioned that when working in Track Changes with an editor, you should accept most, if not all, of the editor’s changes. It should go without saying, but listen to what your editor has to say. Yes, there are bad editors who will try to impose…
Last time I mentioned that when working in Track Changes with an editor, you should accept most, if not all, of the editor’s changes. It should go without saying, but listen to what your editor has…
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When you work with an editor on your book, you will probably use the Track Changes feature in Microsoft Word. This can be a little daunting if you’ve never used it before, especially when you get a file back with more red on it than Sweeney Todd’s apron.…
When you work with an editor on your book, you will probably use the Track Changes feature in Microsoft Word. This can be a little daunting if you’ve never used it before, especially when you get a…
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If you’ve read the last few posts, you may have decided to make a book map of your current project, whether it’s in progress or in editing. Great! But once you’ve built a book map, what do you do with it? You use it to examine the structure of your book…
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There are lots of ways to build a book map, and once I describe my method, you may think of better ones. Whatever works for you will be the method to use. You can write your book map on paper as J.K. Rowling did, or you can get a little more technical…
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One of the hardest things about editing your book is keeping all of the information straight and in the right order. That’s one reason I advocate for outlining. A plain outline doesn’t suit everyone during the drafting process, but once we reach the…
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Writers and Editors: If you've ever wanted to learn how to put an e-book together, here's a great online course that will teach what you need to know.
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So … this happened.

It's been just over two years since the last time this company changed hands. Steve Laube​ will remain the publisher and do all the acquisitions. He says what Enclave Publishing​ needed was "a partner with deeper pockets." You have to admit, operating capital is a very good thing. The new owner, Gilead Publishing​, seems to have a good team in place. Praying success for all involved, especially the authors …
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The Realm Makers Excellence in Editing Award will be presented by Kathy Ide of The Christian Editor Connection at the Realm Makers conference in July (RealmMakers.com)

Open to Christian authors with science-fiction or fantasy books published in 2015. One science fiction winner and one fantasy winner will be chosen. Books must be written in English, released in North America, and contain a Christian worldview.

The deadline to enter is April 30.
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