More Than One Path to Your Best Manuscript

How working with writing coaches & editors will improve your book.

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Yes, there is more than one path to achieving your best manuscript, and this post elaborates specifically on the value of working with writing coaches and/or editors and how each can help enhance your book.

I’m thrilled to introduce to you a colleague of mine, Patti Hall. Patti is a non-fiction author and memoir writing coach. She has recently joined the I C Publishing team as a client liaison and writing mentor. I invited Patti to guest post this month and expand on the differences between the role of an editor and that of coach. So here you go:

How a Writing Coach Can Help Improve Your Manuscript

This blog post addresses a writer who is considering how best to advance their manuscript, assess its readiness for publication or enrich their writing. Continue reading

Authors and Business Owners – Don’t Skimp on Editing

While this post may speak a bit more to book authors, the message is the same for business owners; do not skimp on the review and editing process. editing

For Business Owners

Think about your marketing material, instructional booklets, social media posts, and yes, your website, article writing and blogging. Short-forms, single letters and numbers seem the norm to spell full words these days, especially in social media conversations. That said, be mindful this doesn’t translate to shortcuts in the way you communicate overall. Continue reading

The New World of Publishing Series – Part 2 of 2

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In Part 1 of The New World of Publishing Series we discussed different ways you could publish your book, as well as the importance of your own goals in that process. For deeper learning and handy reference, we also included extra links to expand on the points outlined.

Here, we elaborate on some of the micro and multi-layered steps involved in publishing to help you understand further all the areas that require your attention, and/or your publisher’s focus and expertise. Since there’s a lot to cover, we’ve kept it point form; however, if there is something you’d like us to elaborate on, feel free to comment or contact us directly and we’ll do our best to assist you. Continue reading

The New World of Publishing Series – Part 1 of 2

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In the New World of Publishing Series we’re going to touch on five main elements of this exciting, ever changing, and often-confusing industry.

It’s that time of year when many individuals regroup and revisit their goals, and think about what they still want to accomplish before the end of the year. If one of your goals is having a book published, this series will provide you with some critical information you need to know. Also, if you haven’t started the process and would like to at least investigate the possibilities, take some time to peruse our site, specifically our informative blog posts. Feel free to contact us directly for a chat. If you would like to submit your manuscript for consideration and/or evaluation, you can do that as well. Continue reading

A Look Inside I C Publishing: My Journey as an Author and Business Owner

Before we’re full swing into our busy fall season with more new releases, author interviews, and putting the finishing touches on our publishing series posts we’re planning for September, I thought I would share a little about my journey as an author and business owner. One of my industry colleagues interviewed me earlier this year, and I’d like to share part of interview with you here, with the hope that you will be encouraged to believe in yourself, your work, and ultimately the difference you want to make—and recognize how much is possible when you do.

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I do the work I do because:

As a business and life coach, I have always been a life-long learner, and am most moved and motivated (and energized) when I can share what I learn with others to make their path easier and more rewarding. And now as partner publisher and consultant for authors, I get to do even more by providing choice and support to passionate business experts, wellness coaches and spiritual mentors—while helping them tell their story or teach their craft in a meaningful way. Continue reading

I C Publishing Introduces Another Inspiring Author, Nasima Z.

When Nasima Z. assembled her wealth of writing and personal reflections for her new book, In My Silent Moments, it was exciting to realize that there was truly something for everyone, and for all of life’s seasons.

Despite what most of us would consider significant limitations due to the challenges of past surgeries to remove two brain tumours, not to mention the onset of MS, Nasima maintains a refreshing attitude and sense of humour that allows her to always seek the sunshine through the clouds.

The insights she shares during times of joy, celebration, extremes of crisis, and loss and illness are captivating—quickly drawing you into her world and reassuring you that you’re not alone in yours. Continue reading

I C Publishing Introduces Talented New Author (and Artist) Jenna Stewart

When Jenna completed a routine writing project back in teachers’ college, little did she realize what the story would eventually blossom into . . . It is only when you travel with Jenna through There Is This Place that you can fully appreciate the magical journey waiting for you. Jenna encourages us to take one day at a time, to drink in each moment, and to slow down long enough to even let fireflies light our way.

This multi-talented author blends the beauty of her exquisite story with equally captivating illustrations, which bring her adorable childhood experiences to life. Her words flow effortlessly from one dimension to another, inviting us to find our own place and its own magic.

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Books Don’t Sell Because They’re in Bookstores or Distribution Catalogues

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Similar to the saying “the phone won’t ring because you have a nice business card or website,” believe it or not, books don’t sell because they’re in bookstores or distribution catalogues (although it’s part of what can make sales easier once you have the engaged the author’s potential audience). It’s one of the reasons I recommend to most authors that their books be created in all formats, including print, PDF, mobi, and ePUB, and available for purchase on as many platforms as possible, realistically speaking. This includes Amazon, on-line bookstores, their own website, e-stores, and so on.

Ultimately, books sell because authors (along with their team or partners) are part of a plan that connects them and keeps them in front of their book’s target market.

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Navigating the Writing Path: Start to Finish – I C Publishing Summer Blog Tour

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Welcome to the I C Publishing Summer Blog Tour on navigating our writing paths from start to finish. Earlier this year I participated in a blog tour on the topic, My Writing Process. It was such a great way to connect and share some really meaningful content; I decided I C Publishing would sponsor a blog tour of its own.

I talk to so many writers/authors, and small business owners, who always appear to be working on the proverbial “something” . . . feeling compelled to finish that next project (book, workshop, keynote, etc.). So, what better subject to blog about than how to start, continue, and complete those tasks we really want to—big or small? Continue reading

What’s the VALUE of a Manuscript Evaluation?

The VALUE of a manuscript evaluation is very significant. Think of it in terms of getting your house appraised, or better yet, assessed for home staging improvements prior to selling. Why would you do that? So it would show well, and you would get the best price, correct? Although this is a bit of an oversimplification, it should give you a sense of why you would want to invest in getting a manuscript evaluation completed on your next book. The quality of your book, including how well it is written, your attention to detail, and of course, its actual content, speaks volumes about “you”.

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Depending on what phase of the project the author is at (and the condition of the manuscript), at I C Publishing we usually prefer to do evaluations as early in the process as possible, and also separate of the editing stages. That said, some editors will incorporate this as a beginning of their process, and for the most part, either works. We believe that starting with the manuscript evaluation is a very efficient way in which we can assist the author, outlining the strengths and pluses of their work, as well as where there may be areas that need a little more attention. Our ultimate goal is to support them creatively, and guide them in the right direction.

Here are five areas you should receive feedback on: 

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