As this series draws to a close, I’ll give you a couple practical exercises you can do at home to learn and practice your own seamless self-editing. Cutting word usage in half, and a proofreading exercise will assist you in learning more about how to edit your own manuscript. Because our object is to become “publish-ready.” Click to Tweet #amwriting #publishready #seamlessediting
This week, we’re continuing our look at self-editing with tips from Self-Editing for Fiction Writers, by Browne and King. We’re going to look at Proportion and Dialogue Mechanics, two chapters from this resource. Because our space is limited, I’ll only summarize a few points from each chapter. Editing our work ourselves will improve our chances at becoming publish-ready. Click to Tweet #amwriting #self-editing
For the next couple weeks, I’ll be referring back to a resource I used a year or so ago, Self-Editing for Fiction Writers. A few months ago, I met Robert Whitlow, a successful suspense author, who said this book taught him how to write. He was a prosperous attorney in the South, as well. Some of his novels have been made into movies. You can check out his website here.
Prospective authors must learn how to edit their own work to the point where a publisher will consider it as is. Click to Tweet #amwriting #publishready
Writers write because we love to use words, but let’s face it––even though we say we write for ourselves, we all want to be published and have many others read what we’ve written, for the mutual benefit of ourselves and our readers. That’s why self-editing is important. We must do everything we can to get our manuscripts ready for publication. Click to Tweet #amwriting #publishready
Getting published traditionally is difficult. Publishers look for ways to disqualify submissions. Small publishers are more likely to accept a manuscript from a previously unpublished author, yet they are the ones who require “publish-ready” submissions. Possibly because their small staff doesn’t have time to edit a novel––or they only accept from the best of the unpublished. That can be discouraging, but we should look at it as a challenge to improve our writing. Click to Tweet #amwriting #publishready
In this series, we’re focusing on editing our own work, to make it the best we can, so it has a better chance of being “publish-ready.” More publishers, especially small ones, are headed this direction. The smaller publishers used to be more likely to publish an unknown author. Not anymore. If you’re unknown, your manuscript will have to be pretty-near perfect in order to be considered. Click to Tweet #amwriting #selfediting
This week, we’ll look at tips I received from Andy Scheer, editor and agent. You can check him out at http://andyscheer.com.
Last week, I started a series of blog posts on Seamless Self-Editing. Let’s get our manuscript “publish-ready.” Refer to last week’s post for my definition. Today, we’ll look at basic proofreading. Spell check in Microsoft Word or whatever word processing program you use—is simply not good enough. Click to Tweet #amwriting #publishready #selfediting
The following information is from Kathy Ide, www.kathyide.com. I attended an extended workshop on editing in 2015 in Hershey, PA. Most, if not all this information is in her book Proofreading Secrets of Best-Selling Authors. I highly recommend this resource. She takes the most common rules from the Chicago Manual of Style and explains them in an easy way.