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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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Don’t forget to check my Programs page!

I’m not sure if many readers know I have a page dedicated to various programs for writers.

If you have programs you think I should add, please post in comments below.




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“Writing dialog.” she said.

j0428638With any story telling, the dialog offers a writer a few tricks in plotting;

Dialog can speed up or slow down the plot. This depends on the type of dialog you write, such as lengthy talking points a character shares with another character. They tell a story in the story. Speeding up can be quick, concise, and reveal plot through conversation.

Dialog shows character How and what someone says often shows what sort of person they are. Accents, forma or informal speech, and even slang can show a character’s background or mood. You shouldn’t be too heavy with accent, however. That can be too distracting. Add just enough, and move on with the story. Try to stay in the head of the character to be consistent with the style of talking.

Giving of information. Dialog works best as a tool to reveal information, by allowing one character to ask the questions the reader might be asking themselves. Although the method can be effective, you don’t want to use it too much as an easy way to ‘tell’ instead of ‘show.

He said. She said. There’s the ongoing debate over using the word ‘said’ in dialog tags. Readers don’t even see them, half the time, and using overly dramatic tags leads to pulling the reader out of the conversation as well. I use both sparingly, using tags to indicate what character is doing along with the saying. In other words;  you don’t have to use ‘said’ if you’ve made it clear who is talking, and when they are talking.

Using the tag ‘said, however, is perfectly acceptable.

Here are some links on the topic of dialog;

9 Easily Preventable Mistakes Writers Make With Dialogue. The Creative Penn

My Dialogue Sucks: Tips For Improving Dialogue In Your Novel. The Creative Penn

Top 8 Tips for Writing Dialogue by About.com

How to Punctuate Dialogue by The Editor’s Blog

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