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Why Write a Book Anyway?

It’s thought that around 80% of us want to write a book, but of those books that are actually started (and who knows how many people get beyond just thinking about it), 97% are never completed. Which suggests that fewer than 1% of people actually successfully write and publish a book! There are many reasons …

I want to write a book but don't know where to start

I want to write a book – but where do I start?

Have you always dreamt of being an author and writing a book, but that’s as far as the dream has gone? Probably you don’t know what to write about or why anyone else would be interested in reading it, and that’s stopped your ambition in its tracks before you’ve even put pen to paper. Sounds …

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What Trim Size Should I Use For My Book?

When I format paperback books for my clients, the first question I ask them is “What trim size do you want your book to be?” and their answer is usually “Oh, just the normal one.” But the thing is, there IS no ‘normal’ trim size! You may think books are all the same size but …

A quick guide to editing for self-publishing authors

Remember the time when it was difficult to become a published author? Back in the day there were only two routes available – either you were lucky enough to be picked up by a publisher, or you paid a small fortune to a dodgy company to ‘vanity publish’ your book. Now, of course, it’s different. …

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What Does an Author Coach Do?

The digital revolution has changed the world of publishing completely, and along the way, new jobshave been created. One of them is that of the author coach, also known as a writing coach or book coach. While there are plenty of author coaches around, it’s not a role everyone is familiar with, and every author …

The Conversations with Authors Podcast is Back!

Back in 2014-2015, when I first started focusing on working with writers, I decided to record a series of conversations with authors that I published as a podcast called – wait for it! – Conversations with Authors. Podcasts weren’t really a thing back then, and I was a bit ahead of the times, but I …

A Brief Overview of What I Do

As The Proof Fairy, I am best known for working with self-publishing authors, ensuring their manuscripts are word-perfect before publication. However, I actually offer a much wider range of services revolving around WORDS – including copywriting, proofreading, newsletter design and WordPress website build and maintenance (see what I did there?!). To give you an idea of …

How to refresh a dated WordPress website

Many years ago I was approached by Steve Shaw of Bishopsgate Copywriting. He wanted a simple website to help him promote his copywriting business and where he could share his articles on all aspects of copywriting. I put together a website that he was very pleased with, and away he went. Ten years later and …

Three Reasons to Write a Book About Your Business

It’s now easier than ever to write and self-publish a book. You only need to take a look at the Amazon Kindle store to see that people are churning out novels in every genre – romance, sci-fi, erotica and crime, especially – at an astounding rate. But what’s really taken off is books in the …