Great editing/proofreading tips from author Cassidy Salem. Happy writing, editing, rewriting and publishing! ~ Bette A. Stevens
As an indie author, you are responsible for the entire publishing process – writing, editing, proofreading, publishing, and marketing. But that doesn’t mean that you should do it all yourself. Even if you are working with a low or almost non-existent budget, make sure that you get someone else to participate in the editing process – someone that has editing experience and who won’t be shy about pointing out problems in your manuscript. Your editor can be a paid professional editor or a qualified and capable friend. You should never unleash your masterpiece on the world without having it properly edited.
Before you submit your work to your editor, make every effort to weed out as many of the errors in your manuscript as possible. Eliminating simple typos, extra spaces, and so on, will make it easier for your editor to focus on the story flow, the wording, and the important stuff that you simply don’t see because you are…
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Thanks for sharing. Some excellent advice! (I’m a dinosaur, who cut his teeth in the world of newspaper reporting, back in 1969-70, so putting a double space after a period is in my DNA).
One thing that “Indies” can do if they have absolutely NO budget, is to engage several Beta Readers in place of a formal editor. These can be individuals that you trust, such as retired English teachers, other writers, etc., whose abilities are well known, and whose integrity is beyond reproach. Their free service may not be “perfect,” but at least they provide additional sets of eyes that just might see something you missed.
I’m with you, Joe. Reliable eyes are available. My local librarian has been a huge help to me, as well as two friends who are well read reading my latest before handing it to the pro. Thanks so much for adding to the conversation! 🙂
Bette, what a great post. Thanks for introducing me to Cassidy!
Hi, Elaine. Thanks so much for stopping by and joining the conversation. Cassidy is awesome! 🙂
Thanks, Bette. I hired a pro to handle His Revenge. I always need help. I finished Dog Bone Soup. Loved it and want another book soon. Please say you will continue the story.
Lots of great tips here, John. And hiring a pro falls right into them. His Revenge is a great story and I’m sure John Cannon has more in store for us. I love the way you draw the reader into John’s character, those sensory details really make it personal. I’ll post a review on Amazon and Goodreads once its published! So happy to hear you enjoyed DOG BONE SOUP and want to hear more…others do as well. I’ve got a little outline going, so hopefully one of these days we’ll all know more. Have a great day, my talented friend! 🙂
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Good to hear.
I need these tips. Thank you Bette!
Lots of great tips here, Cindy. So glad you found them helpful as well, my friend. Happy writing, editing, rewriting…. Have fun! 🙂