At I_AM Self-Publishing we want to share our industry insight, experience and expertise with you. Our team have gained knowledge throughout the publishing industry, and want to use their know-how to teach you how to get self-publishing right and help you to really understand the process. This blog will show you what it takes to self-publish successfully, share hints and tips to make your writing and self-publishing life easier and give you the latest industry news. Being based in London, we go to events, seminars, and talks by leading publishing and media experts every month and report what we have learnt back to you. We update this blog every few days so this is an ever-expanding resource. Make sure you come back to check us regularly.
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All our editorial team use Word’s track changes feature because it makes our lives much easier! If you’re new to using it, then don’t worry, we’ve put together this quick post to clue you up and get you started. You’ll love it as much as we do in no time at all, promise…
What is Word’s Track Changes?
Track changes is a nifty little function in Microsoft Word that makes it super clear who has changed what and when using colours and notes in the margin.
How Can I Get Started with Track Changes?
The Track Changes Toggle
You can switch it on by navigating to the “Review” menu and making sure the toggle is switched on. Your version of Word may be slightly different to ours. We use Macs and you may use a PC, but nonetheless you should find track changes in the”Review” menu.
Why Do Authors, Editors and Proofreaders Use Track Changes?
Because it makes it really easy and clear to see who has changed what and when. This is obviously very useful for any document that is worked on by more than one person. It enables everyone to work off the same document meaning that you don’t have to stress about version control issues or waste time hunting around for the latest version of the file.
For example, anything an editor adds will show in a colour underlined, and anything an editor deletes will be clearly marked up in the margin.
Adding and Deleting Text
This means that when the author gets the Word file returned to them, all they will need to do is keep their eyes peeled for any text that has markups – either notes in the margin or coloured text. This saves the author time as they only need to skim sections that have had no changes.
What About Comments?
Comments is another great feature of Microsoft Word, which works very well with track changes. When the editor or proofreader has a query about something or wants to flag something that is unclear, they can do this by adding a comment. They do this within the Review menu by clicking on “New Comment”. This will automatically create a coloured note in the margin for them to use to highlight the issue they want to query. The author can respond directly within that comment with their answer/explanation by placing their cursor in the comment and clicking “New Comment”
If you have any questions about track changes please add a comment below.
David Mole has had a very impressive career before starting work on his debut novel, The Savaging. He is a serial entrepreneur and has had successful businesses in everything from healthcare to transport. But unlike most businessmen, he started off as a high school chaplain. He has studied theology, and spent time with those at the top of the Church power structure. He has also taken part in various humanitarian expeditions to Central and South America. It’s fair to say, he has a pretty 360-degree view of the world today, which make his ideas and explorations of the darker side of society so fascinating.
In his debut novel, The Savaging, he wanted to explore ideas around both the power play between Church and State, and also our modern-day dependence on pharmaceuticals. The latter being something he feels particularly strongly about, having seen the effects of soaring drug addiction in his native Canada.
Given that he’s not a man to do things by halves, he undertook an awful lot of careful research before choosing the best publisher for the project he had spent so much time and energy perfecting, looking at options in his native Canada and here in the UK.
David Mole explains why he chose to work with us
“One night, after talking that morning with the ever-enchanting, Oxford-trained Leila Dewji, straight out of Hogwarts, I made the call – ALL IN: I AM Self-Publishing would be the home of The Savaging. Why? It was simple – passion, purpose, and clear-sighted resolve to task. Publishing is changing, there’s no denying it, and I_AM Self-Publishing is at the forefront of the future.
“Every step of the way, I was affirmed in my decision, from the clear-cut contract process with tangible deliverables, to a very personal, passionate, and hands on editing process. A few months in, I found myself on a conference call with Leila, literally debating the heart and soul of this story, she seemingly just as passionate as me with every little detail, character, and plot structure. I_AM’s editing process is world class. Ali’s creative interpretation along the way was succinct and timely, summed up by a captivating book-trailer (see below), which captures the true spirit of this 3 book series.
“Writing can be the loneliest of endeavours at that best of times; working with I_AM Self-Publishing reminded me constantly that great things happen one sentence at a time – with resolve and tenacity. If you can dream, as we all do, you can write the greatest of things. Let the I_AM team draw it out as they did for me. Their persistence and commitment to any project is infectious. My next project will soon be sent their way.”
About The Savaging
The greatest scientific leap in history has been made… unleashed in one tiny little “remedy”.
Its creator, billionaire playboy Dr. Fabian Fichtinger, is set to become a global superpower with his new “Trinity Therapy”, soon to be released. The government, the church, and the good scientists at Harvard University can do nothing to stop him from creating superhuman… addicts. They might even be involved.
Tes is one such scientist, with his own special research in genetics. Although the ultimate 23-year-old thoroughbred – intellectually, physically, athletically – he’s always known there was something just not right inside. When Fichtinger becomes obsessed with him, he knows he’s in great danger.
No country is safe; no market prepared; no hospital ready. What is to come will bring modern civilization to its knees. Everything rests with Tes, and his secret. Luckily, he’s not alone. Help comes in the form of a drunk, PTSD suffering ex-soldier called Royce, who was once part of an elite secret troop: The Savage Seven.
Can he get his former squad back together? Can this ragtag bunch of once-great fighters get clean, get organized and get tough? Are they too late? Is anything what it seems?
Reviews of The Savaging
“…If Orwell (1984), Huxley (Brave New World) and Brown (Angels and Demons) had a twisted love child… This would be it.” – Chloe S (Stutgart)
“…A Tom Clancy / David Baldacci style novel that kept me reading almost non-stop until 2AM” – Douglas Goodhue
“…an absolute page turner ; frightening to the end.” –Michael Alexander
To find out more about David and download your free chapter, visit his website – thesavaging.com
Maria Inês Rebelo, like a lot of our authors, has been an avid reader from an early age. Her love of language led her to start writing her own story, inspired by the beautiful Portuguese landscape she had grown up in. Not one to shy away from big issues, Maria wanted to explore the nature of the human soul, innate goodness, and to offer a positive message for mankind. These are themes she continues to navigate through, and can also be seen in her follow up book, The Light of Marva.
She came to us because she wanted help publishing her debut novel as professionally as possible. The first thing we set to work on was the cover design. Maria’s writing is very literary and she draws on spiritual and mystical elements, so we wanted to create a design that hinted at the natural beauty of the Portuguese setting, had some emblems of the mystical world, and conveyed to the reader that this was a quality, literary fiction novel. We chose a limited palette to avoid the design becoming over-complicated, and used a flat illustrative style again to keep things simple. Maria loves her unique cover design and has had lots of compliments on the “vintage” feel of it.
“This was my first experience in a self-publishing publication and I am very satisfied with the end result. My book has been thoughtfully created, and the cover is very appealing. Any author has to align their ideas with the needs of the market, without letting anything pass! This can be a challenge without professional guidance. Therefore, I recommend I Am Self-Publishing as a leading company to help authors get their work self-published.” – Maria Inês Rebelo
About Hypnosis: A Return To The Past
Marcus Belling is a world-famous hypnotist. For the past 20 years, many exclusive clients have beneﬁted from his skills and desire to help people. However, everything changes when a mysterious woman named Anne Pauline Roux knocks on his door. She holds a rare power when hypnotized, which will affect both their lives in ways they could never imagine. Her unique power is so strong that it doesn’t stay secret for long. Marcus’ arch-rival and fellow hypnotist, Josef Salvaterra, has been looking for a way to shut down Marcus’ business for years. Pauline may just give him the opportunity he’s been waiting for. If he can work this to his advantage, he could be recognised as the greatest hypnotist the world has ever seen. With such a prize at stake, is there anything he’s not prepared to do?
Reading this book is a hypnotic process that will lead you to question the meaning of destiny and truth, and restore faith in our ability to ﬁnd the good, even when we are not looking for it.
To find out more about Maria Inês Rebelo, or to read a free sample of her book, check out her beautiful website or follow her on Twitter: @MariaInsRebelo1