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2.7 Writing

Tue, 25 Jun 2013 18:09:39 +0000

“Writing is a lonely job. Even if a writer socializes regularly, when he gets down to the real business of his life, it is he and his type writer or word processor. No one else is or can be involved in the matter.” – Isaac Asimov Writing is one of the loneliest jobs in this […]



2.5 Content

Sat, 22 Jun 2013 17:49:46 +0000

Once the proposal is accepted, the publisher will offer the contract to the author. Once the contract is signed, the author starts working on the book. The author and the acquisitions editor would have agreed on time schedules, milestones, and deliverables. The outline of the content of the book is mainly developed by the author […]



2.4 Schedules, Milestones, and Deliverables

Sat, 22 Jun 2013 08:03:04 +0000

Once the proposal is accepted, the publisher will offer the contract to the author. The contract will have a formal and finalized schedule of the various stages of the book publication from manuscript submission till the launch of the book. Once the contract is signed, the author starts working on the book. After the publisher […]



2.6 Signing the Contract/ MoA

Mon, 17 Jun 2013 18:35:48 +0000

Once the proposal is accepted, the publisher will offer the contract to the author. Once the contract is signed, the author starts working on the book. The author and the acquisitions editor would have agreed on time schedules, milestones, deliverables, etc. The contract of the Memorandum of Agreement (MoA) is an agreement between the author(s) […]



Printed vs. Electronic Books

Sun, 04 Nov 2012 17:57:21 +0000

The sight of stacks and rows of books that adorns a library or bookstore makes visiting such places and browsing the books, touching and feeling them a timeless experience every book-lover will cherish, relish and would love to experience over and over again. It is like good sex, a comfortable massage or a sumptuous meal […]



Writing that matters…

Fri, 31 Aug 2012 07:01:58 +0000

A successful writing career comes neither quickly nor easily. It involves a lot of hard work and toil. But the writing career can be a rewarding and happy one, if you have the right aptitude, skills, knowledge, discipline, and willingness to work hard. Here are some tips that will help in improving yourself as a […]



Chasing Perfection…

Mon, 12 Mar 2012 08:05:41 +0000

Merriam-Webster Unabridged Dictionary defines ‘perfection’ as “excellent or complete beyond practical or theoretical improvement” or “entirely without any flaws, defects, or shortcomings and meeting supreme standards of excellence.” It was Michael J. Fox, the Canadian-American actor, author, celebrity, producer, activist, and voice-over artist, who said “I am careful not to confuse excellence with perfection. Excellence, […]



2.3 Proposal Review

Mon, 01 Aug 2011 18:14:02 +0000

Once the author submits the book proposal to the publisher, it undergoes two types of reviews—technical and editorial. The aim of the proposal reviews—both technical and editorial—is to decide whether to publish the book or not. The technical review is usually done by three technical reviewers. Sometimes the publisher will decide to get the book […]



2.2 Book Proposal

Fri, 10 Jun 2011 15:31:58 +0000

Almost all publishers will ask the author(s) to write the book proposal. In fact, when the author approaches the publisher with a book idea, it would look much more professional and effective to have a well-written book proposal than a single page write-up about the book. Even in cases where the publisher commissions an author […]



The Modern Writer: From Quills to Skills

Thu, 21 Apr 2011 06:04:21 +0000

Article first published as Reading for Writing on Blogcritics. Today, when we think of writing, the image of a man sitting in front of his desk with sheets of paper before him, a quill in his hand and an inkwell on the table, rarely comes to mind. But that was how writers practiced their craft […]