Lorraine Mace

Contents of The Writer’s ABC Checklist

A

Abbreviations

Accrediting Sources

Acquiring Rights

Agents – When and how to approach them

Angles – Old ideas with a new perspective

Anniversary Pitches

Articles – Checking the structure

 

B

Biography – Writing a short author’s bio

Books:

Researching the market

Choosing the right publisher

 

C

Children’s Picture Books

Clichés 

Clips

Competitions

Computers

Consistency:

Character traits

Dialect

Names

Setting

Spelling

Weights and Measures

Continuity

Covering Letters

 

D

Dates

Dialogue

Discipline – Staying on topic

 

E

E-books

Edit

Editors (Magazines):

The right approach

The wrong approach

Editors – Who they are & what they do

Envelopes & sae

 

F

Feedback

Fees

Fillers

Final Checks

Foreign Words & Phrases

 

G

Grammar:

Sentence structure and length

Split Infinitives

Vocabulary

Groundwork or Guesswork

Guidelines

 

H

Hooks

House Style

Humour

 

I

Illustrations

Inclusive Language

Indexing

Interviews

Invoicing

 

J

Jargon & Slang

 

K

Keeping Copies

Keeping Records

Kill Fees

 

L

Layout & Formatting:

Bullet Points

Chapter Formatting for Books

Fonts

Footnotes and Endnotes

Headers and Footers

Italics

Line Spacing & Paragraphs

Margins

Numbering Pages

Radio

Stage

Television

Legal:

Contracts

Copyright

Hearsay

Libel

Letterheads

M

Marketing

Markets:

Home

Overseas

Multiple Submissions

 

N

Newspapers

Nom de Plume               

Notebooks

Numbers

 

O

Opinion Pieces

Originality

Outlines

 

P

Padding

Photography

Plagiarism

Point of View

Preparation

Press Release

Professionalism

Proofreading

Publishers – When and how to approach them

Punctuation:

Apostrophes – Misused and missing

Colons

Commas

Ellipsis

Exclamation Marks

Hyphens and Dashes

Quotation Marks

Semicolons

 

Q

Queries

Quotes:

Attributing quotes

Famous quotes

Pullout quotes

 

R

Rejections

Research:

Checking

Fact finding

Revision & Resubmitting

 

S

Serial Rights

Sidebars

Spelling & Grammar – Common Errors to Avoid

Synopsis

 

T

Tense

Theme

Title Page

Titles

Topics

Travel Writing 

Typing 

 

U

Unbiased Opinions

 

V

Vanity Publishers

 

W

Websites & Blogs

Word Count

Writers’ Groups:

Local

Online

Writing for the Web

 

X

The X Factor

 

Y

Yours sincerely – Examples of letters:

Agent

Editor

Publisher

 

Z

ZZZZ – Sleep on it

 

Additional Information

 

What happens after a publisher shows interest?

Addresses

Awards & Prizes

Resources for writers:

Books

Magazines

Websites

Glossary of useful terms

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