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Writing Tips From An Editor #6

This week I’m going to list some short, snappy tips for self editing your work. It’s not always feasible to pay an editor to do all the hard work, there is a lot you can do yourself before you pay out for someone else to look over it!

  1. Take a break! You’ve finished typing those bittersweet words “The End.” You want to flip straight back to the beginning and get editing. Don’t. You are still so close to your own work to see the errors properly. Give it a month if you can, let the manuscript sit for a bit. When you come back to it, you’ll be coming back with fresh eyes and I promise you will see more errors than you would have.
  2. One thing at a time! When you are looking for an editor, you will see that there are a few different things that they look for and sometimes they charge separately, too. Proofreading, copy editing, developmental editing, and so on. So, if you are reading through your manuscript and you want to focus on the plot and the story line, of course, go ahead and fix any spelling and grammar errors that are sticking out like sore thumbs, but don’t try and do both of those things at once. You’ll confuse yourself, you’ll miss things. Focus on the story if you are doing a developmental read, and then do a separate pass over the manuscript for an in-depth grammar and spelling read later.
  3. Technical Tip! When you submit your work to an editor they will often ask for you manuscript to be double spaced. This isn’t because it’s going to be published that way, and it’s not to make your book look longer than it actually is. It’s because the spacing helps you to separate out the errors and have a cleaner read as you are working on it. It’s much easier to work on sentence structure and grammar this way, so when you are ready to proofread or copy edit your work, highlight it all and change it to double spaced. Your page count will double, but don’t panic because you can change it back when you’re done.

I hope that this has been helpful. I post tips every now and then because I want to see every writer bring their best self forward. Let’s create a world where we empower each other!

I am currently closed to submissions for services until the end of the month. If you are interested in connecting with me for ghostwriting or editing services you can still reach out and we will get you on my calendar for next month.

Email me at emma@writing-things.com

We can chat about your book and how I can help.

Happy Writing Everyone!

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