Writer’s Tips – Rejected Manuscripts, Formatting in Word, Create Free Book Covers and More!

This week’s edition of Writer’s Tips is focused on: Working with your Word Styles Ribbon, Author Tips, Writing Aids, Creating Free Book Covers, Why Manuscripts get Rejected, and How to Formulate the Elevator Pitch.



Louise Harnby shares in-depth information on how to work with your Styles ribbon in Word to help format your books.




9 Things Authors should be doing, by Indies Unlimited.

9 Things Authors Aren’t Doing (And Should Be Doing)



The Kindlepreneur, Dave Chesson, offers a great list of writing aids.




How to create Book Covers for free with Publishing Drive.




Ruth Harris on the blog of Anne R. Allen sharing tips on how to formulate an Elevator Pitch for our books.

Razzle-Dazzle: The Art and Craft of the Elevator Pitch



Anne R. Allen is sharing 8 potential reasons our manuscripts may be rejected.

Source: Rejections: 8 reasons why your manuscript is getting them




30 thoughts on “Writer’s Tips – Rejected Manuscripts, Formatting in Word, Create Free Book Covers and More!

    1. Oh fab Sis, I remember when I was writing my first book and being overwhelmed with the ribbon and not having a full command of all that’s offered. Lots of trial and error, and following the Bookdesigner with his tips, and ultimately, my wonderful editor gave me a mini introduction to the ribbon. So I’m happy to share this with others who struggled. ❀


  1. Thank you for these links, Debby. As you know, I’m looking for all the information I can find on self publishing.

    I wish I could reblog this post but I’ll share it where I can. πŸ™‚


    1. So glad you’re finding these helpful Rob. File them for reference too. And you can always reblog or copy anything from the web by downloading the Press This tool in your WordPress, that’s what I use. You add it (in your tools) and an icon ‘press this’ will appear on your top bar so you can clip anything anytime. Now it doesn’t just reblog as usual. A draft box will open wherever your ‘pressing’ from and the link is inserted and kept in draft in your admin. Then you can edit and post when you’re read. πŸ™‚ Hope that helps. I have written about this so you can check my search bar for it. πŸ™‚


  2. Awesome! I’m messing around with a query and synopsis right now, so I’m keen to read up on the elevator pitch!


  3. Ooh, great articles, Debby! Thanks for sharing. Formatting has got to be the hardest part of self-publishing. I’m interested in reading Louise Harnby’s article. I appreciate the work that goes into finding and putting these articles together, Deb. A sincere thank you. ❀ xo


  4. Wonderful helpers. Thank you. I’m doing another thing some writers need to do. I’m taking a 2 month break from any big goals–no workshops, no talks, no submissions, nothing except a blog twice a month, my writing group each week, and volunteer work at hospice. Lots of resting, walking, and healing. Lots of reading, especially re-reading one of my teachers Marion Woodman. Lots of focus on learning to hear with a cochlear implant. I need deep rest and time and space to see what creative work comes next. I’ve had my foot on the gas since 2013. It’s vacation time!


    1. I’m so happy to hear this Elaine. I feel as though I’m ready too, yet feeling overwhelmed to get more out of the way before doing so. We all burnout at some point. Relax, enjoy and breathe. πŸ™‚


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