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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. …

Being a cheerleader is one part of being a book coach

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 …

Custom Journals as a Tool for Your Business

Most of us use a diary to track our appointments and engagements. Some of us keep journals to remember interesting events. But sometimes there are things you want to record for which you need something more bespoke. And that’s where custom journals can be useful. My second business, ADHD Kids, provides support and learning for …

5 Reasons to Write a Book

So you want to write a book? Great! But why? The simple reason might be “Because I want to!” Maybe being an author has been a dream of yours since childhood. You’ve always pictured your name on the cover of a book  – you don’t really care what the book is about or whether it …