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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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Romance, love, and mushy stuff

loveromance01I don’t read romance and I although some of my stories have romance, it is not in the romance genre. That being said, I wanted to share a few resources for those who do, who might appreciate some tips and hacks.

Book Cover Design: Canva.com provides some lovely options for graphics but also layouts for book covers. This is great for ebooks. Printed books demand more attention. I also appreciate the costs ($1 for each graphic), so you can create a cover and use it commercially.

Templates can provide you a guide on creating a cover. This can be fun just creating one for fun. Romance Cover at GlassGiant.com.

Name Generator: Not just for romance, the FakeNameGenerator provides a database of names. This includes nationality, gender, and even age.

Marketing: How to Market Your Romance Novel on Pinterest, Goodreads, and more.

Romance plot: How to plot a romance novel.

Historical romance: Writing Historical Fiction provides tips but also the site provides visitors to look up historical fiction based on the era.

Writing Ecourses: Low Country Online Writing Courses for Romance Writers. Courses cost $20

More Resources: Writing-world.com provides a nice list of resources for romance writers.


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My Top Favorite Writing Tools (other than word processors)


evernoteEvernote– You often find this site/application on many lists for productivity and organization. Basically, Evernote creates folders and stores files, synchronizing between computers, iPhone, Android, and tablets. Also includes a Google Chrome browser extension. Free but you can also get a premium service.

Uses for Evernote:

  • Store research notes by topic or even by the book you’re writing.
  • Create folders and use files for chapters.
  • Brainstorm ideas and store in folders

thesaurusThesaurus.com enables me to look the the right word, but also includes Dictionary, quotes, and even a translator. You can also download the smart phone app. Free

Uses for Thesaurus:

paperraterPaperRater.com– This is a nice service that grades your papers. You can add stories or articles, and check spelling, punctuation, word usage, and readability. Very easy to use and most of the service is free. They offer a premium package as well. No app or download. Free.

Uses for PaperRater:

  • Check spelling, punctuation, and word usage.
  • Check your readability stats.
  • Includes a vocabulary builder.

grammarlyGrammarly.com is a browser extension that checks your spelling and grammar no matter where you are in the browser. Free

Uses for Grammarly;

  • Check spelling and grammar in emails.
  • Check spelling/grammar in social media sites
  • Check posts with Grammarly

NaturalReader.com provides an online service where you can cut/paste text and have a voice read out loud. I found a number of tips on revising by reading your writing out loud. This can help with that; having the computer read it. Many voices, and accents to choose from. Includes online, PC/Mac download. Free and priced functions.

Uses for NaturalReader;

  • Cut/paste your writing to listen for flow and punctuations.
  • Use to listen to stories as an audio book

What are your favorite tools? Post in comments.


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Marketing tips from Bookmarketingbestsellers


The site is by BookMarketingBestSellers.com and provides some marketing tips for new authors. The site also provides some tips and resources for publishing as well. I would suggest bookmarking or perusing the site with a notebook. It’s a valuable resource.

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