The Manuscript

Planning the manuscript


It is essential to have a very clear idea of what you want to write about and in what order it should appear. Unless you have a well developed plan, it is unlikely that you will get what you want – let alone produce something that will stand the test of time.


Planning the outline and direction of the manuscript is therefore essential, and this can be done before the writer is appointed. At Focus, we prepare a writer's brief for the client to review and approve so we can ensure that the plans for their book are clear from the outset. This does not mean that they cannot be altered, only that 'the vision' is captured from the start.

Selecting a writer

Selecting the right writer for your book is another critical task and there are many factors you need to consider. Some of the key things you need to think about are:

  • • their writing credentials
  • • their writing style
  • • whether they have a track record for delivering on time
  • • whether they can relate well to the people in the company who will be working on the project
  • • the style of writing you want  –  friendly, traditional, academic, colloquial
  • • their other commitments
  • • how much they will cost, and whether this is within your budget
  • • how well they will take requests to rework their text
  • • whether you can trust them

    • and much, much more.

Talk to us if you want to avoid costly mistakes in this area. Many a project has come undone because the writer has not been selected properly, managed effectively or given proper guidance. Other projects have flowed as planned because the right writer has been selected for the task.

Some of the writers that have worked with Focus include:

  • • Keith Orchison
  • • Roger Bayliss
  • • Julie Bayliss
  • • Tess Livingstone
  • • Marcella Hunter
  • • Fiona Crawford
  • • Jackie Blackledge
  • • John Arbouw
  • • Edna Carew
  • • John Cokley
  • • Michael Gill
  • • James Halliday
  • • Alex Kennedy
  • • Glenda Korporral
  • • Helen Meredith
  • • James Murray
  • • Dr John Stocker
  • • Michael Zekulich

Take the time to consider exactly what messages you want to deliver and how you want them written. Focus focuses your thoughts on these issues in order to obtain the answers at the outset.

Helpful hint
Give yourself sufficient time to create the best book possible. The more you plan upfront, the better the end result. Talk to Focus Publishing – we take the guesswork out of creating your book and you get the benefit of our experience.