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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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Writer Tools

writertools

Here is my compilation of tools to help writers write:

write or die

Write or Die– This online site provides a tool to provoke you to write in ‘freewriting’. Settings include word count, time, but the fun part is consequences. You can choose between spiders, grumpy cat, and a few others. Alarms include alarming and cacophony.

ywriter6mainChapter-by-Chapter is a free program that words with OpenOffice or MS Word to sort documents. I like having my chapters in a single document, and this programs let’s me find/replace but also compile them together into a single manuscript.

Grammarly.com is a browser extension (Chrome, Firefox, or Safari) and provides grammar checking when you type anywhere in the browser. This includes hints to corrections as well so you learn how to write properly. They also have Grammarly for MS Office

Paperrater.com is an online service to check grammar but also includes spelling and plagiarism. Readability statistics, passive voice detection, and more are also included for submission of up to 5 pages for the free version.

visuwordsVisuwords.com works much like a Thesaurus, but visually. This online free service uses a bubble/mind map interface. Type in a word and see what other words pop up.

Word to Pages helps the self-published author find out how many pages their manuscript has based on words, size font, and page size.

OpenOffice.org is free Office suite software compatible with the MS Office suite of programs. It includes a word processor, spreadsheet, presentation, 3D drawing, and database.

Google Drive includes a word processor, spreadsheet, presentation, forms, maps, and even click-and-build web sites. This is a free online service that offers many add-ons to each service such as CloudConvert (to change file formats), auto-bibliography, translate, table of contents, and speech recognition. This is just what I found for the word processor.

Coffitivity.com is a site that provides ambience of a cafe to help you write. I use this myself since music can often distract me when writing certain non-fiction. This is free.

Add in comments your favorite tools to write. I’ll be posting in the future the best books for an author’s library.

 

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A Writer’s Dashboard

writer dashboard

For my writer’s group, and the visitors who visit the Western Maryland Writers Site, I designed a writer’s dashboard. You can bookmark it and save it for later, so you can use tools and resources.

Ambience– I’ve included a number of ambience sites that provide background noise for writing. They include background noise of a café to nature sounds, to sites that provide mix-and-match, even with music.

Generators– Here you can find name generators for modern day fiction or fantasy, but also a link to more tools. I’ll add more as I find them.

Members– This is where you can find the group members and links to their sites/blogs.

Programs– I’ve included word processors, but also programs to help organize your writing.

Printables–  Sometimes I have handouts, but I also make other printables such as quotes to have on your desk, or cards to send. More to come.

Writing– This links leads to all things writing, from drafting to publishing and marketing.

Let me know if you want more tools, generators, links, and resources added. If you have suggestions, please post in comments.

 

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Find Similar or Opposite words at WordHippo

 

One of the biggest problems I’ve been having lately with writing is being unable to stay ‘in the groove’, where the lack of that ‘right word’ eludes me. Then, I found this site. I’m hoping it will help in those moments. Sometimes, I use Dictionary or Thesaurus.com, but with luck, this site might offer some better suggestions for that right word.

Find Similar or Opposite words at WordHippo.

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