Where’s the Proof?

After your book has been designed and laid out you have to wait a little bit longer before you see it again. Don’t worry it’s just being proofread. Proofreading takes about 2 weeks. A different editor to the one who edited the book proofreads the laid-out book on a hard copy called a “proof”. What does a proofreader do? They have fresh eyes. The proofreader isn’t just looking out for

Happy Book Birthday to Krystal Kolnik!

Congratulations to Krystal Kolnik on publishing her first book, Lessons from the Frogs I’ve Kissed. In her book, Krystal looks back at her significant adult relationships, over the last 20 years, and shares the invaluable life lessons she learned from them.  She hopes that others will learn from her story and better understand their own relationships. From the author We asked Krystal about her publishing journey. This is what she had

Pen on top of edited pages

What Does an Editor Really Do?

Why is editing important? Editing is a necessity for any manuscript and no book should ever be published without having been seen by an editor. According to Butcher (2011), ‘the main aims of editing are to remove any obstacles between the reader and what the author wants to convey’, and this allows for a good and seamless reading experience. Nothing can ruin a book quite as quickly as bad or

5 Romance Writing Courses

Have you always wanted to write a romance novel, but do not know where to start? Writing is no easy feat and can seem daunting. Don’t despair, there are people who can help! There are multiple writing courses available in South Africa, both online and offline. We have listed and summarised our top 5 picks. The website link for each course has been included so you can explore your options