Editing Your Own Book Independent Editors Formatting Your Manuscript Query Letters Composing a Synopsis Writing For Children Links

About Words For Writers is all about helping you as a writer improve your work, and present it in a professional manner for presentation to an agent and/or publisher. About Words Agency regularly gives seminars for local and regional writer's groups in the southeastern United States, such as for the Florida Writers Association, and occasionally elsewhere, such as in Muncie, Indiana this year with the Midwest Writers Workshop.

When you have completed your work, here are some tips on editing it in the most efficient and thorough manner. If you need help editing your manuscript, there are several competent independent editors who can help you get it ready for publication. We highly recommend joining a critique group or forming your own group. Please also see the list of writing reference books at the bottom of this web page.

Formatting your manuscript properly is important so the agent and editor at the publishing house can read and understand it. A professional query letter makes the right first impression, and a professionally written synopsis for a fiction book can make the difference between rejection and a sale.

If you have written a nonfiction book that is not a memoir, biography or other creative nonfiction, you will need a professionally written book proposal.

If you sent a query to About Words Agency and received a query reply form, here's an explanation of the reply you received. We hope this helps you understand the personalized feedback you received, and gets you one step closer to being a published writer.

Once you have your book sold, here are some tips for marketing and publicity, to jumpstart your career as an author.

If you are a children's book author, here are some tips just for you.

Here are more helpful links to get you headed in the right direction.

Good luck with your book! If you have comments, questions, or suggestions regarding About Words For Writers, please let us know.


We have personally reviewed and highly recommend the following writing reference books:
Stein On Writing, by Sol Stein (great all-around writing book)
Getting The Words Right, by Theodore Cheney (the best book on general editing)
Write In Style, by Bobbie Christmas (editing with your word processor & other tips)

The Elements of Style, by Strunk, et al (the original and still best on grammar & punctuation)
On Writing, by Stephen King (inspirational and educational)
Writing The Breakout Novel, by Donald Maass (how to write a best selling novel)
Writing The Breakout Novel Workbook, by Donald Maass (the companion workbook)

Writing Creative Nonfiction, by Theodore Cheney (the best for memoirs & bios)

Children's Writer's Word Book, by Alijandra Mogilner (important for age appropriate vocabulary)


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