Sunday, November 19, 2017

Visualizing Your Book and Your Readers

August 12, 2010 by Jane Ross  
Filed under Blog, Publishing, Self publishing

There are lots of steps in the process of turning a manuscript into a printed book. As a self-published author, you can opt to keep it simple or you can go all out with a beautifully designed and decorated volume. It really depends on the time and resources you have available, what your vision is [...]

Controlling the Presses

March 5, 2010 by Jane Ross  
Filed under Blog, Publishing, Self publishing

As a young copyeditor working in London in the 1980s, I belonged to the National Union of Journalists (NUJ). Posted on the notice board by my desk was a postcard I had bought at an NUJ event. It showed a middle-aged woman operating an offset printing press. The caption read:
“Freedom of the press belongs to [...]

A Glossary of Self-Publishing Terms

February 19, 2010 by Jane Ross  
Filed under Blog, Self publishing

Before you dive into self-publishing, it helps to have a few definitions clear.
Traditional publisher: When we talk about a “tradi­tional publisher” or a “publishing company,” we’re referring to a company that issues literary works for sale to the public but, most significantly, we mean that this company assumes the business risk of issuing those works. [...]

An Enduring Legacy

January 1, 2010 by Jane Ross  
Filed under Blog, Books, Publishing, Self publishing

Perhaps you’ve thought about writing a memoir but wonder, What difference will it make in the grand scheme of things?
Just last month, I learned that my grandfather’s memoir, which I edited for him more than twenty years ago, lives on and is still being read. And I learned his book had brought comfort to a [...]

Know Your (Copy)rights

October 19, 2009 by Jane Ross  
Filed under Blog, Publishing, Self publishing

So you want to submit your writing to magazines? Here are some basic tips about rights.
What is Copyright?
Whenever you create an original work (for example, when you write a story about your life), your piece of work is automatically covered by copyright law.
Your “copyright” is the right you have to decide how, when, and where [...]