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The other New Year’s resolution that changes the world

angleltrumpetwebMy second New Year’s resolution was about patience.* (Why does it change the world? See below.)

And here are some self-publishing tips to help you get through to publishers without running out of patience…


“The difference between a published manuscript and an un-published manuscript is about ten drafts,” so said a guru in the literary world. While you’re patiently working on those, don’t forget these vital points:-

   The editing process takes place with your left brain hemisphere, and it loves to argue with your right! So….

·        once the words are down, wait until you are sufficiently out of your creative brain and can come to your work with new eyes. The experts suggest six weeks later!

·        Ensure formatting is consistent. The first paragraph in a creative work is flush left. The rest are about 3 Em’s in.

·        Your Header should contain the name of your work and page numbering. The Footer should say ‘mf’, short for ‘more follows’.

·        Your title page should contain the genre in the LH top corner, your name and address top right; the title is centred in the middle of the page with ‘by’ and your name, each two spaces down from the other. Rights requested are in the bottom left and word count bottom right.  Your title and name are repeated at the top of page two. About two-thirds of the way down this page you begin your manuscript.


*How can Patience change the world?

 As Thomas Edison said, “Life’s greatest accomplishments are those that at first seem impossible.” With patience, which leads to diligence, that which seems impossible becomes possible.  


But the fruit of the spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against which there is no law.” Galations 5:22,23. 

Furthermore… “With God all things are possible.”  (Matthew 19:26)  After travelling to Columbus, Ohio to register as a lobbyist, a nine-year-old boy spent three years campaigning to have this motto written into the state law in Ohio. His patience paid off. The motto remains to this day.

(Wendy McNeice is a writer, editor, inspirational speaker and tutor and a one-time history teacher and information adviser. Find more writing tips at http://www.scribeofspirit.com . Read her latest book As the Eagle Flies the King, based around the remarkable true story of the release of the Israelites from ancient Babylon by a Persian king. http://www.tatepublishing.com/bookstore/book.php?w=978-1-60604-339-4 . http://www.amazon.com/Eagle-Flies-King-Wendy-McNeice/dp/1606043390/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1223864553&sr=8-1  

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January 11, 2009 Posted by | Self-Publishing; Christian Writing, Uncategorized | Comments Off on The other New Year’s resolution that changes the world