Thoughts on Editing for Self Published Authors

Within my writer’s group, we discuss methods of editing for self-published authors. This is a challenge for those wishing to keep costs low, but there are a few things I can offer to help in the process:

Understand the different types of editing. Not all editors are the same.

Learn how to edit. You must remember, as a writing, words, sentences, paragraphs, storylines, character development…all are considered your craft. If you don’t’ know it- learn it. With the Internet, you can find plenty of resources to master the craft of writing, so take some courses, write, write some more, read, read some more, and understand that the process can take a while, but worth it.

bettereditor.org

freelanceconfidence.com/50-free-online-writing-courses

Use programs. Although programs are stupid, you can still catch some errors, misspellings, and punctuation issues. It won’t catch homonyms. For instance, conscious or conscience sound similar but used in sentences to mean different things. But programs can help catch things like finding passive voice, weak verbs, punctuation, and other elements of crafting a story.

www.paperrater.com

textalyser.net

www.autocrit.com

Find an editor you can afford. I would suggest looking at colleges for English Majors who want more practice with editing, or check sites like Fiverr.com to hire someone to look at your manuscript. Other options include asking other self-published authors if they found an editor, and check how much for cost and is it worth it?

Fiverr.com

Writers Beware!

Warning signs you’re being scammed.

TheCreativePenn list of editors (check reviews and costs)

If you have any suggestions or have your own experiences you’d like to share, please post in comments.

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My Top 10 Distractions From Writing

Besides having issues with my eyes for the past year, making reading and writing more of a chore, I have a number of distractions that keep luring me away from writing fiction;

youtube1. YouTube.com- I love videos. I don’t have to read. I can watch but I’m not entirely goofing off. I watch many writer based channels.

WritersD- This is the Writer’s Digest youtube page that includes many topics and samples of workshops/courses they provide.

M.Kirin – Self-published author. He has a great sense of humor and covers many aspects of the writing process.

Bruce Jones- Love his channel. He shares classes on self-publishing including marketing and book cover design.

pn2. Pinterest.com- Another addiction of mine. I love Pinterest. My profile has thousands of ‘pins’ but what I love about it is that it’s a search engine with graphics. Not to say they don’t provide some incredible links for writer resources.

Writing Prompts– My pins for all sorts of prompts.

Writing Craft– Pins for crafting stories. 

Writing Marketing- All things marketing for authors.

3. Facebook.com- My biggest reason for this as a distraction is that I connect with friends and family, keep up with news, and find some neat posts. Just this week I found-

21 Summertime Book Promotion Ideas for Self-published Writers

“Ghost Ship” Crewed by Mannequins Washes Up in Florida. (a prompt idea)

Random Name Generator– my sister sent me this link via Facebook to share with my meetup group.

4. Amazon.com – Amazon is not just online shopping. You can watch TV and movies, and you look up tons of books for Kindle.

Amazon Prime TV  and movies provides streaming TV and movies. Some are included in the Prime membership ($99 per year) while others you need to rent/buy.

Amazon Unlimited unlimited reading for $9.99 a month on any device.

Kindle Apps are not just for the Kindle. The apps are free for tablet, iPad, iPhone, android, and computer.

You can find tons of books through Kindle books.

5. Video Games – I love my video games. I like to play Fallout 4, Skyrim, Elderscrolls Online, Dishonored, Thief, and others. When my hands ache from typing, I like to switch to a game controller and be someone else for a while. It was video games that prompted me to write my lengthy Morrowind Fanfiction, which got me into writing and publishing my own stories.

I also get distracted with working on projects such as graphic design, worksheets, homeschool planning, and web design. Too many things, not enough time to do them all.

What distract you? Post in comments below.

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Writer Tech Trouble

pcillustratorThe other day I had some issues with my computer. It’s not a huge problem for me because I know how to take them apart and fix them, or get into the DOS settings and troubleshoot. Since the computer is vital to writers, I felt I’d share some tips that might help you out if you have problems and don’t want to lose your work.

Set your word processor to save every few minutes.

MS Word- autosave tutorial

OpenOffice autosave tutorial

Back up your file to a cloud drive. I also recommend backing up to a USB periodically. I use my Dropbox folder as the My Documents folder on my computer. This way, if I get a crash and need to format or get a new computer, everything is already saved and synced through the Internet.

Dropbox (free) If you sign up via the link, I get more space. If you sign up, you can get more space by getting people to sign up too.

Icloud- (free) If you have an iPhone, you probably already have an icloud account.

OneDrive (try for free) If you use MS Office, you may already have an OneDrive account.

Be sure to have your antivirus software update regularly. This means not only to update ‘definitions’ but also the program itself. Make sure settings scan the computer regularly.

Avast antivirus (free)

AVG antivirus (free)

Install anti-malware. I recommend Malwarebytes or Spybot. You can also install these programs on a USB drive and run a scan from the drive.

Malwarebytes (free)

Spybot (free)

Corrupted files. Sometimes with word processors, the file you save gets corrupted.  

MS Word document recovery.

OpenOffice documents recovery.

Make boot discs for your computer. A boot disc helps with fixing problems with the computer with a simple restart of the system. How to do this will depend on the version of Windows you have, and sometimes even the make/model of the computer.

How to create repair discs for your computer.

How to make bootable USB, CD, or DVD to install Windows using a ISO file.

If you have any questions, please leave in comments or email me at frootbat31@yahoo.com.

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Neologisms- Creating, evolving language

neogolism2Neologism (noun) means to create new words or expressions, or give new meaning to existing words and expressions.

As word crafters, we are allowed to create all kinds of words or phrases. Such verbs, nouns, and even phrases can give birth to new meanings. Perhaps someday, those words can become part of our modern day language.

JK Rowling created Muggle and Quidditch.

Lewis Carrol create chortle.

Sir Thomas More created Utopia.

Stephan Colbert create truthiness.

Donald Trump created bigly.

And a host of words were created by the Internet: Troll, meme, and friending are all invented words we’ve adapted to our language.

Prompt: Pick a random word. For example, pick the first noun or verb on page 10 of a book near you. Now create a new meaning of that word, and use it in a sentence, paragraph, or even a story.

What words have you created? Do you have words or phrases within your family and friends that has new or different meaning? Add in comments.

Crossword Puzzle Maker (free)

 

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