Archive for the 'Editing' Category

What Does Your Manuscript Need Most?

Monday, November 16th, 2015

Do you have a proposal ready to send to a publisher or a manuscript ready to publish? Don’t go it alone. Don’t be so confident or in so much of a rush that you neglect a very important step in your presentation—editing. I know it’s hard to let someone else read what you’ve written. You […]

Why Do You Need an Editor?

Sunday, August 10th, 2014

All writers need another set of eyes. If you haven’t figured out how to grow them, you’d better consider hiring an editor for your marvelous manuscript before considering publishing. Sure, if you’re going with a traditional publisher, they will have their editorial team go through your book. But they expect your manuscript to be clean […]

When is Your Book Ready for Publication?

Monday, March 10th, 2014

How many times should you self-edit your manuscript? When can you consider it finished? I’ve learned that there is no exact answer. As with many projects, it takes as long as it takes. But you’d better be sure that it’s ready before you go to publication. A book manuscript is a large and complex body […]

What Does Your Author’s Brain See?

Sunday, December 29th, 2013

I’m still putting the finishing touches on my Klepto Cat Mystery number 3—Sleight of Paw. Yesterday, I was stunned to discover that my chapter numbers weren’t matching up. Now this is something I often catch in manuscripts when I’m editing for others. Somewhere along the process, the author moves a chapter, deletes one, adds one, […]

The Authors’ Lie

Sunday, December 22nd, 2013

Yesterday we talked about some of the things we miss when self-editing and how crucial it is to have a fresh set of eyes for your manuscript. If you doubt this, just turn yours over to a trusted and astute reader or editor and ask for an honest evaluation. They are likely to point out […]

Yes, You Need That Extra Set of Eyes

Saturday, December 21st, 2013

I used to be hesitant to turn my completed manuscripts over to an editor, proofreader or even a friend to review because I didn’t really want their ideas mixed up with mine. I was afraid they would suggest changes to suit their own tastes—try to get me to write their story, article or book. In […]

The Editing Dilemma

Friday, November 22nd, 2013

Authors often ask me what type of editorial services I offer. “What kind of editing do you do? My response: “Whatever I feel your manuscript needs.” Sometimes an author will come to me for proofing. “All I want is for you to proof my manuscript.” So what is proofing? In my world, it is whatever […]

Signs That You Need a Book Editor

Wednesday, April 17th, 2013

Some authors resist hiring a book editor for their manuscripts. “Too expensive,” they say. Or “Just don’t want to take the time to have it edited—want to get my book out there NOW!” I advise authors to start saving up the money for a good editor as soon as you decide to write that book […]

Do You Need an Editor?

Saturday, March 30th, 2013

This is something that authors often ask themselves. Sometimes they ask me if I think they need an editor. The answer is usually yes. Traditional publishers want to receive a completely edited manuscript. Yes, they will have their editing staff spend some time with it before it goes to publication, but they still want the […]

How to Prepare Your NaNoWriMo Manuscript for Publication

Friday, December 28th, 2012

Did you participate in the NaNoWriMo (Write a Novel in a Month) this November? Now what? Do you plan to trash it and chalk it up as experience? Or do you feel it is something worth publishing? If you hope to find a publisher or if you want to self-publish, there’s still a stringent process […]