Tag Archives: editing a manuscript

On Writing, Part 3 – getting help

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Editing and being edited …
From Seth’s Blog: Copyediting, line editing and the other kind
From Rachelle Gardner: Trust Me, You Need a Good Editor
From Beyond Paper Editing: Editor’s Tip: Cleaning Up Your Manuscript Can Save You Money by Corina Koch MacLeod
From The Editors’ Weekly: Editing the First-Time Novelist by Susan Glickman
From Aliventures: The Three Stages of Editing (and Nine Handy Do-it-Yourself Tips)
From Positive Writer: 6 Quick Tricks to Help You Tighten Up Your Writing by C.S. Lakin

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When you’re ready to share …
From Writers Write: Five things to consider before you have your manuscript appraised
From Writer’s Digest: The 5 Differences Between Professional and Amateur Novelists by Charles Finch
From Janet Reid, Literary Agent: A Rant: On Hiring an Editor (Janet replies to a question from a writer …)

And when your work is finally out there …
From Books & Such: Worried About Your Work Being Stolen? by Rachelle Gardner

Read the first two posts in this series in which I’ve compiled useful links to articles and blogs: On Writing, Part 1 – getting started and On Writing, Part 2 – following through

More on Editing

And this is why everyone needs an editor – especially self-published authors … These are just a few comments – of 31 similar-sounding reviews!! – about an eBook listed for sale on Amazon. Yikes!! You’d think the author would have had enough sense by now to de-list the entire series and fix the problems in her books!

Worst editing ever – The story is ok but I never read a book with so many spelling mistakes. Very poor editing. Not sure I will continue reading the series.

5 star writing, one star proofreading – Very good read but absolutely the worst editing and proofreading I have EVER seen. Too bad as doing this electronically should be easy. In some cases the characters name was wrong, many punctuation errors and omissions, incomplete sentences, you name it, it was there. Too bad.

Just OK – I read the first in the series because I got it free. Since I enjoy books in series, I am reading the others to see what happens with Cindy and Mattheus, but only because they are fairly inexpensive downloads. The storyline is just ok and the editing (or lack thereof) makes me cringe at times. For example, in this book, one of the characters was first named Ables, then Noles, then back to Ables. Maybe it’s the former school teacher in me, but it is bothersome.

You MUST hire an editor!! Please! For the sake of your readers.

And here are some editing tips to tackle on your own before you send your manuscript on to a professional editor!!

From The Writer Life: 25 Editing Tips for Tightening Your Copy

And here’s a handy-dandy Story Structure/ Plotting infographic, again to help you sort out your manuscript before you hire an editor: Amanda Patterson’s Story Structure/ Plotting Guide

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Do not attempt to edit your manuscript alone, kids! That manuscript is never as good as you think it is. Besides, it’s self-publishers like the example I offered at the beginning of this post who give all of us self-publishers a bad name.