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To produce this free mini-course I analyzed 188 humanities and social science book titles. I’ll teach you:
- Exactly how many words your title should be
- Whether you need to coin a catchphrase for your book’s title (and whether your catchphrase actually works as a title)
- The specific elements your book title needs to include
- How to order all of the elements in your book’s title
- How to make your book title “search-friendly” (this was something that tripped me up bigtime)
The Dissertation-to-Book Workshop
Sharpening Your Book Argument with Book Questions & Chapter Answers
Book Publishing Roundtable with Editors
First Monograph Publishing Q&A
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Book Writing and Revising Tools
I (Katelyn) can’t speak highly enough of Scrivener as a writing and revising tool–especially for long and complex projects. Whenever I start to think “Oh, I can just write this piece in Word,” I inevitably stall out and migrate back to Scrivener. Why? I am a drafty writer; I need to get a lot of (really bad) words down on the page before I can wrangle my ideas into an argument-driven form.
How does Scrivener help? A project consists of one or more “Scrivenings,” each of which can be given a title and dragged around. Typically, when I’m working on macro (argumentative) revisions, I use the title to remind myself of the work each section or paragraph needs to do.
Scrivener also allows you to seamlessly display two units of text (or a research article and your text) side by side. I regularly have my messy draft (or an article I’m referencing) open in the left pane and my revised version in the right.
Another indispensable tool I (Katelyn) can’t live without is actually Microsoft Word’s built-in “Read Aloud” feature, whether on a desktop or a mobile device. I always thoroughly proofread my documents several times, but somehow every single time I use the “Read Aloud” feature, I catch missing and repeated words and several awkward sentences.
For some reason, I vastly prefer the voices on the mobile Word app (iOS) than the full desktop version–they sound much less robotic to me– but in the end, both work fine to help you get distance on your writing.
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