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You just wrote a book.
Now what? 

"Irreverent." "Funny." "Essential." 

Book Awards Gold Winner
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Read this book before you publish your book.

You just wrote your first book. And there you are. Stark naked. Vulnerable. Wondering what to do next to get your masterpiece published.

This is the one book you need to read and follow if you’re writing a book for the first time. Why? Because you’ve never written a book before. This is new territory.

To write a successful book, you need to find and work with an editor who shares your passion for your work and your message and who will help you make your book sing. And sing a smash hit. A blockbuster of a message, clearly and carefully constructed so readers love you and your work and leave you five-star Amazon reviews only because they don’t have more stars to give.

This is a toolkit for tinkering under the hood of your working manuscript so you, the author, can take your work as far as you can before an edit and production such as cover design and not dump a half-baked chocolate cake on some poor schlub of an editor to “fix.”

Get these questions answered (and more):

  • Why do I need an editor? How do I find an editor? What do editors do? And how much do they cost?

  • What are the levels of edit? Developmental? Line edit? Copy edit? Proofreading? How do I know what level of editing my manuscript needs?

  • Will an editor tell me if my manuscript sucks?

  • Why do words make a difference? Which words do I overuse? Which words should I never use?

  • How do I know when I’m done writing?

  • How can I work with a cover designer and audiobook engineer?

  • Can my local bookstore help me? Do I need beta readers?

Reviews for Cover to Cover

"Fantastic resource for first-time authors." 
"Very helpful, very educational!" 
"Definitely a recommended read for any first-time author."

About The Author


Sandra Wendel is a highly experienced book editor who specializes in helping authors write, polish, and publish their manuscripts in many areas:

  • Memoir

  • Health, Medical, and Consumer Health

  • Psychology and Self-Help

  • Sales and Marketing, Business, Leadership

  • True Crime


She helps authors organize and structure their manuscripts, choose an alluring title and subtitle, and decide how to publish their books — traditionally or independently, as a tree book or an ebook or audiobook or all formats.

As a published author (sharing the authorship of empowering consumer health books with a physician from Mayo Clinic), Sandra knows how to write to empower other writers.

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