Writing


Writing

At Wellness Books, we publish books that inspire and empower people to take care of all aspects of their wellbeing.

We will support you throughout the writing process, including proofreading, line editing and editorial direction, whether or not you have been published previously.

We understand that writing a book can be daunting but experience has shown us that a structured approach can smooth the journey. Please follow our guide below.

Books published by Wellness Books will uplift and inform their readers in the areas of health and wellbeing. If you have a clear message that will inspire others, reach out to us to discuss how to go about publishing a book.

We can help you get started, including what format your book should take – it may be that the topic is best served as a booklet rather than a full-length book. The length of the book and the style of writing will depend on the subject matter and the readership.

We can offer guidance to help you turn your book into a reality.
When you start writing your book, it is best practice to prepare and take a structured approach. To keep you on track, think about your readership, what you wish to impart to them and what is the primary message of your book.

Try to treat the process in the same way you were probably told to treat an essay at school.

Keep these steps in mind when you start your book:

1. Think about the whole and what you intend it to be; think about those reading the book, too. How would you sum it up? What effect do you want it to have? What do you want people to learn from it?

2. Work out a structure, possibly a list of chapters or sections. Once you have a structure, writing your book will be much simpler; it will help you stay focused and hone your book to highlight the most important messages or takeaways for the reader.

3. Compile your research: write notes about particular events or incidents, undertake further research in the light of what you have collected, and back up your arguments with sound evidence, anecdote or reasoning.
Writing a first draft can be daunting. It is not necessarily best to start writing at the first chapter; often it is better to leave that for later, when you know where the work is heading. This will help tie the book together from beginning to end. It is also the point at which you will either ‘hook’ or lose a reader, so it is worth spending a little longer to perfect the first chapter.

Try to structure whichever chapter you are working on by ordering your notes and research within that chapter. Now start writing, stringing your notes together. Don’t stop to tidy up, just write and write! The tidying up is a separate process.

We prefer our writers to work in Word, which has excellent editing facilities for when we proofread or edit your book. Do not concern yourself with font sizes, margin widths, page sizes or any such formatting details; our designers will handle all these for you when they lay out the book or booklet.

The only two formatting issues that should concern you are:

1. Proper italicisation e.g. of names of words in a foreign language.
2. A consistent hierarchy of chapter headings and subheadings so that the designer can easily see what is what.
Your first draft will probably be quite disorderly. That is to be expected.

At the second draft, you take your work and begin to refine it so that it becomes readable and interesting. When you have finished your second or third draft, it is time to show it to other people to receive their comments and note their reactions.

You do not need comments about grammar and other such details at this stage but it is useful to seek others’ reaction to your book and to receive feedback about its contents and message.

Remember that we are happy to discuss a book with you in its early stages; we may be able to provide invaluable advice so please do not hesitate to get in touch or request a free sample proofread.
A copy editor will take your finished work and get it into shape for publication i.e. they edit the copy. The process of copy editing may involve some negotiation between you and the editor over how things should be said and there might be a certain amount of toing and froing. It is quite normal for an author to make additional changes after a book has been copy-edited.

The copy editor will identify errors in spelling, punctuation, grammar, style and language usage; they will also check for over-long sentences and issues such as overuse of italic, bold, capitals and exclamation marks.

They will correct or query doubtful facts, weak arguments, gaps in numbering or structuring problems.

A copy editor is not a proof-reader and should not be expected to find all of the errors in the text, particularly if the text is badly written to start with. This is the job of the proof-reader.

The final proof should be checked by a proof-reader or an experienced reader friend before going to print.

It is almost inevitable (and acceptable) for even an experienced proof-reader to miss a few errors within a lengthy manuscript. This can be corrected in a later edition.
Proofreading is a line-by-line check that your book is ready for publication.

Proofreaders will make small corrections to punctuation, grammar and spelling but they will not make significant changes to the text. If there are any significant issues, they will identify them and add comments to the text so that you can make those corrections yourself.

We ask that you try to ensure that the text of the book is completed to your satisfaction before handing over to the designer.

Once the layout has started, you may want to make a small number of amendments. However, you need to bear in mind that if you make a significant number of changes after the layout has started, it can be time-consuming and hence expensive to make the corrections.
Many books benefit from having images. We will need you to send any images as separate picture files with an indication in the text of where you want them placed, along with their captions.

A colour book is significantly more expensive to produce than a black and white book. However this does not need to be an obstacle if you are producing a relatively small number of copies for family and friends.

We can advise you on this but please visit our Print page and use the calculator for an indication of the print costs.
Our designer will require the final text as a single Word file.

Image files should be clearly named and referenced in the text so that the designer can find the particular files and insert them into the document.

We will help and advise you in detail when you reach this stage of the process.