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Are you wondering if you’d benefit by printing your current novel in progress and editing it by hand? The truth is that there are a lot of benefits to looking at your work in a different format, especially if you do all your writing on a computer.
What You’ll Need
A red pen or any color pen that isn’t black or the color of your printer ink. You want your edits to stand out on the page. I prefer the Pilot Precise V5.
Printer paper. I prefer the cheapest stuff I can find that doesn’t have 100 reviews of ‘it jams’ or ‘feels nasty’. I typically use Hammermill and that’s because as of the writing of this article, I can get 8, 500 page reams for $29, which is $3.63 a pack.
A cheap laser printer. I’m currently using a Brother HL-L2300D Monochrome Laser Printer because it prints 27 pages per minute, and the tray holds up to 250 sheets. The toner cartridges also print 1800+ sheets, which means you aren’t going to switching out your ink mid-novel-print, like with an inkjet. I don’t know about you, but when I owned an inkjet, I got real tired of constantly feeding it more paper and spending $30+ on ink for every single draft.
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A reader needs either a PDF copy of your book or a copy of one of your books that was purchased from a publisher, like Amazon, Barnes and Noble or Kobo. They do not need anything else.
What information does your book reviewer need to give you if they did not buy a copy of your book?
People who do a lot of book reviews don’t tend to buy the books that they review. Instead, they receive a free copy of the book. AKA: They get free entertainment in exchange for their review. When a book reviewer contacts you, they need to tell you which book they’d like to review and their email address of where they’d like the PDF copy of your book sent.