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The Art of the Good Cover

Two Covers - Art of Foil Fencing You should never judge a book by it’s cover. But that’s exactly what we all do. The book stores are full of fantastic books with terrible covers that are never read. And also full of amazing covers selling terrible books that only disappoint.

Which is why you have to create the best cover you can just to draw readers to open the first page. It is the most important selling tool you have. …

Editing tips

Image: writers' editsEveryone teaches Creative Writing these days, but it often looks like no one teaches Precise Editing. We’re all led to believe that creative writing flows effortlessly from our finger tips in an unbroken stream of consciousness. It doesn’t. Good writing is hard work; good, finished writing is down to good, solid editing.

Few texts can fail to be improved by several rounds of re-reading and re-editing, cutting and honing until the best possible version is achieved.

And how do you edit, exactly? Here’s a basic tool set. …