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Resources for Book Authors and Publishers

Preparing • Writing

Polishing Publishing 

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Preparing

Demographics, Community: http://www.esribis.com/ (On the left, click on "Profile neighborhoods with Community Tapestry to learn about your market" and then enter a zip code. You'll get a text description of the neighborhood as well as basic demographic statistics and comparisons to national averages.)

Economic Census: https://www.census.gov/programs-surveys/economic-census.html

Library of Congress: http://loc.gov

What Editors Do: Your Editorial Services GPS (PDF table): http://goodwaystowrite.com/for-authors-and-or-editors/table-showing-what-editors-do

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Writing

Dictionaries & Encyclopedias

   Dictionary.com (dictionary/thesaurus/encyclopedia): http://dictionary.reference.com

   The Describer's Dictionary: A Treasure of Terms & Literary Quotations, by David Grambs and Ellen S. Levine (expanded 2nd ed., paperback, 2014). Described by Tina Jordan as a "reference book of purely descriptive terms... like a thesaurus, only better, and packed with real literary examples." https://www.amazon.com/Describers-Dictionary-Treasury-Literary-Quotations/dp/0393346161/ 

   Wikipedia (consumer-maintained encyclopedia): www.wikipedia.com

Grammar Help

   Capital Community College: http://grammar.ccc.commnet.edu/grammar/

   Rutgers: http://andromeda.rutgers.edu/~jlynch/Writing

   The Ultimate Grammar Resource Guide: http://www.wiseoldsayings.com/ultimate-grammar-resource-guide.php

General Writing Tips

    From All My Best: Click here for overview and details

    From Word Tripper Tips: Subscribe to Word Tripper of the Week for word choice guidance

    From Open Colleges:  http://www.opencolleges.edu.au/careers/blog/5-handy-tips-to-improve-your-writing-skills

Inspirational Quotes, 140,000: http://www.en.thinkexist.com

Style Manuals

   AP—The Associated Press Stylebook: https://www.apstylebook.com/

   APA—Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association: http://www.apastyle.org 

   CMOS—The Chicago Manual of Style: http://www.chicagomanualofstyle.org/

   Gregg—The Gregg Reference Manual (online): http://www.mhhe.com/business/buscom/gregg/

   MLA—Modern Language Association: http://www.mla.org/MLA-Style/The-MLA-Style-Manual

Terminology:

   Abbreviations and What They Mean:  http://www.abbreviations.com

   Compound-Word List by Steve Wilbers (when to join as one word, hyphenate, or leave separate): http://www.wilbers.com/part24.htm

   NiftyWord (casting the net for just the right word beyond synonyms and antonyms): https://niftyword.com

Tips Booklets (creating and marketing): http://www.tipsbooklets.com

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Polishing

What Editors Do: Your Editorial Services GPS (PDF table): http://goodwaystowrite.com/for-authors-and-or-editors/table-showing-what-editors-do

Parts of a Book (front matter, body, and back matter): https://www.thoughtco.com/basic-design-of-a-book-1077295

"Common Formatting Issues in Microsoft Word: Four Easy Tips for Authors" (guest blog post, June 2017) by Lynette M. Smith: http://blog.polishedpublishinggroup.com/2017/06/common-formatting-issues-in-microsoft-word-four-easy-tips-for-authors/

Proofreader Marks, Standard: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_proofreader%27s_marks

"How to Format a Manuscript" for a literary agent or acquisition editor, by Holly Lorincz, Editor, Lorincz Literary Services: http://literaryconsulting.com/formatting-a-manuscript-for-queries/

80 Common Layout Errors to Flag When Proofreading Book Interiors (handbook) by Lynette M. Smith. Judge's commentary from the Writer's Digest Book Awards: "... a solid guide for authors who want to make sure their work is as polished as possible. This is a user-friendly checklist, grouped by topic for a systematic approach." http://goodwaystowrite.com/for-authors-and-or-editors/layout-proofreading-handbook

Thesis/Dissertation Formatting & Editing Professionals (Association for Support of Graduate Students): http://asgs.org/dissertation-consultant-directory/  

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Publishing

How to Write a Book Proposal: The Insider's Step-by-Step Guide to Proposals that Get You Published, 5th Edition, by Jody Rein with Michael Larsen (Writer's Digest Books, Sept. 2017), ISBN 978-1440348174. "The insider's step-by-step guide to proposals that get you published." https://www.amazon.com/Write-Book-Proposal-Step-Step/dp/1440348170/

U.S. Postal Service Shipping Rates: http://www.usps.com

Writers Boon (free publishing and marketing roadmap featuring publishing experts, DIY tools, and how-to guides in over 250 topics): https://writersboon.com

Writer's Market: http://www.writersmarket.com

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Marketing

Book marketing tips and book promotion ideas from expert John Kremer. http://bookmarket.com/

How to Make Real Money Selling Books: A Complete Guide to the Book Publishers' World of Special Sales, by Brian Jud. 384 pages, ISBN 978-075002137. Proven strategy for selling books to non-bookstore outlets such as discount stores, airport shops, gift stores, supermarkets, and warehouse clubs. https://www.amazon.com/Make-Real-Money-Selling-Books/dp/0757002137

Writers Boon (free publishing and marketing roadmap featuring publishing experts, DIY tools, and how-to guides in over 250 topics): https://writersboon.com

Writer's Market: http://www.writersmarket.com

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80 Common Layout Errors to Flag When Proofreading Book Interiors

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