We've all heard everyone from English teachers to writing coaches tell us to show, not tell. But what exactly does it mean to show rather than tell?
Every book is unique. The book arrangement shouldn't be. It's important that the organization follows standard publishing industry practices. Parts of a book should appear in a standard location in every book. Organizing your book using these rules makes finding things easier for your reader. For example, every book has a front cover and a back cover. Prologues and table of contents are up front, indexes are in the back, etc.
In publishing, you learn that triple-checking your work in Microsoft Word is just the beginning. Once you have begun putting the document into a document layout program like Adobe InDesign, you never know what changes may occur. As people begin reviewing the manuscript in its final stages, little changes can impact the quality of your document. A newly added caption may have a small typo that everyone misses at the last minute. Here’s how to determine word count and check spelling in Adobe InDesign.
Proper punctuation can make or break the impact of the message you are trying to convey. No matter how long you have been writing, novels or articles, it’s always good to review proper punctuation marks. There are fourteen common forms of marks used in English grammar. Here are the basic rules followed by a downloadable list.
Whether you are writing a book or a blog, there is one rule that you must always remember. Always go back and double check your work. Editing may seem tedious but it's a critical step in any form of content development. Your aim is an accurate and complete manuscript/post that is publication-ready.