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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.



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.




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?


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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Writer Wednesday: AuthorLevelUp

michael La ronnI discovered this YouTuber, Michael La Ronn, who provides videos on the topic of writing. He authored a number of published books. Click here for his Author page on Amazon. His web site: Author Level Up lists his videos, but you can just as easily view his YouTube page, or subscribe there.

I like how the videos aren’t saturated with ads, but he provides clear tutorials on subjects such as writing, marketing, and publishing your book. He adds some humor, and you can find some videos, he provides reviews on programs he used.

Here are a few of his videos worth watching;



Have a writer, blogger, or youtuber that talks about the craft of writing? Post in comments. I’ll share to let other writers know about them.

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Writing as a business

In my ‘real life’, I have my own business, Learnthepc.net, offering computer training, technical support, and virtual assistant work. Being a business owner, I’ve been joining business group meetings for the past couple of weeks, shaking hands, and meeting a variety of new people. And I managed to ask a few questions that I wanted to share with my writer readers. Writing, after all, is a business, too;

I would suggest checking out Meetup.com to look up small business groups or even writer groups in your local area. I also suggest checking out Score.org to get free business help.

Should I include writing in my LinkedIn account when its also for my other business? The answer from the PR person was ‘yes’, because you often find people, who you wouldn’t consider interested, are, in fact, interested in more than one subject. This became true when I spoke to a woman asking me about computers; she mentioned she writes poetry.

The PR person also shared how you can change your LinkedIn profile to illustrate whatever you hope to catch the attention of others. For instance, should I publish a book, I would mention that in my profile tag line. The tag line becomes a teeny, tiny ad.

Writers need branding just like any business. This doesn’t necessarily mean you need a logo, but your colors, graphics, and tagline need to reflect who you are, what you do, and catch the attention of would-be readers.

Take, for example, The Hunger Games . When you see the mockingbird symbol, you know exactly what it represents. Or the apple held in the hands (Twilight ), or the throne of swords or the head of a Direwolf.(A Game of Thrones)

Some other things I learned this week to help with writing marketing:

A video on some basic tips for writers to market-


Amazon’s Author Central– I thought I was automatically a member because I’ve published my short story,Into the Shade , at Amazon, but you do need to sign up.

Authormedia’s list of marketing– Tons of ideas here

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My top ten writing tips

1253280435106961You can find hundreds of writing tips both on and offline, so I felt I’d post my own list that I feel are most helpful;

    1. Be mindful of punctuation. Although its fine to throw caution to the wind in the first draft, you should remember that proper grammar, spelling, and punctuations are just as much the writer’s tools as character, plot, and storytelling. Know your craft.
    2. Adopt your own writing habits. Some writers say to write daily, but for some, that’s just not practical let alone possible. Find your own methods, that work best for you. If this means writing on a weekly basis instead of daily, or picking blocks of time or finding writing rituals, understand that one size does not fit all. You need to find what works for you.
    3. Learn the writing rules….so you can break them. More specifically is understand the reasons why editors and agents put out writing rules in the first place so you can understand why so many have acceptations to those rules.
    4. Let the muse work first, then the inner-editor. Don’t let worry about skill or fear of writing problems hold your storytelling back. Just write and get it all out on page (in a documents) so you can edit and fix later.
    5. Read. By reading, you learn storytelling, character, dialog, and all the other elements of writing as they work in published fiction. A reader best understands what other readers want from a story.
    6. Write with your passion. This is best when you get tangled up with deciding which story to write first, or what project to focus on. Pick the one you’re most passionate about. This allows that passion to pour into the writing.
    7. Backup your work. I can’t tell you the number of writers who lost their work through viruses or computer issues. Use a skydrive, USB drive, or backup to disc to protect your work.
    8. Get feedback for your work. This might be the most frightening step of being a published writer; sharing your own for critique. Bolster your courage and listen to constructive criticism to improve your writing skills. You can find web sites that offer a means for feedback, or ask friends and family. Join a writer’s group, or connect with other writers to share your work.
    9. Write outside the box. Now and then explore other forms of writing, explore genres, or try new techniques to exercise that writing muscle.
    10. Read books about writing. Blogs, such as mine, also offer tips and tricks, exercises, and advice for writing. Learn about writing to improve method and style.

Writer’s Prompt:

Using the freewriting technique, use the topic of ‘masks’ and write about your thoughts, opinion, story ideas, titles, or exercise a method of describing an ornate mask.

Feel free to post your own tips in comments below. I’d love to hear your opinions!


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