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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.

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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Weird Al Yankovic- Word Crimes

My sister suggested this video when I mentioned the frustrations of grammar and punctuation, and thought it worthy of sharing to my fellow writers:

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Grammarly on sale

I’ve tried a number of grammar checkers, and Grammarly offers more than just grammar checking. It includes punctuation, spelling, and word usage. It even checks for plagiarism.

This is an online service with a subscription based pricing. Choose monthly, quarterly, or yearly plans, from $29-$139 (current sale prices).

 Visit their site and get a free 7 day trial, or test a snippet of your writing to see what it can do for you.

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Wednesday Writer: Edittorrent

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Today, I wanted to share this not-so-little gem of a blog entitled, Edittorrent.

Don’t let the mass of information deter you from browsing through. The wealth of information here is massive, but well worth a bookmark to read through the posts.

As writers, its vital to learn the craft and understand the business. This site offers posts on how to write through the grammar and punctuation, but also through the many story elements of crafting a novel.

Some examples of the posts:

Marks of the Amateur – Starting a List

Dialogue Tags

Thoughts on Pacing – Nothing Brilliant

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