Guest Post: Pro Tips for Editing Your Book Efficiently and Effectively

By Mariah You've finally written that book, and you are so proud of your efforts. It may have been very long in the making, and you are ecstatic to be so close to the finish line. There is still some work that needs to be done on it; it needs to be checked for grammatical …

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Guest Post: 4 Powerful Revision Tips to Strengthen Your Craft

By Michelle Dutcher How does revising make your material more useful and valuable to your readers? It is impossible to make a ‘perfect article’ out of your first draft. Every writer must continually provide tweaks on his or her initial draft, which includes adding relevant details, correcting grammar, and enhancing structures. Through revisions, you get to …

Indie Authors: Self-Editing Before Getting Your Manuscript Edited

Editing is an important step to publishing, both indie and traditional. A book that is poorly edited can be a big turn off to readers. Bridget McKenna gives an example in her post, "Why I Didn't Keep Reading Your Book, Part 2": Your opening sentence demonstrated that you don’t know the difference between “number,” which …

Indie Authors: Editing Tips to Attract Readers and Save Money

No first draft is perfect. That's why editing is such an important step in the writing and publishing process. There are a few types of editing: Developmental editing Line editing Proofreading In a nutshell, developmental editing looks at the big picture of a story, and makes sure the tone is consistent and things make sense. …

Guest Post: 6 Questions (and Answers!) about Editing Contracts You’ll Want to Know

Editor's note: For more information on what to include in an editing contract, see Megan's "8 Must-Haves for Freelance Editing Contracts." By Megan Harris If your book is complete, or in the process of being completed, you may start to think about the next steps involving your book–namely, hiring an editor to help you polish …

Indie Authors: Working with Beta Readers

Beta readers are amazing. They can help find plot holes, grammar mistakes, and other issues with manuscripts. They help save you time and money with editing. And they are part of your fan base, and a great first marketing step for a book. According to Belinda Williams, it’s important to find the right kind of …

Poetica, A New Editing Tool

Very recently, a new tool for editing called Poetica (that I've been waiting on for nearly two years, since I first heard about it at Books in Browsers) launched. Poetica was created to bring the elegance and trust of paper editing to the digital world. As you can see in the image above, editors can …

Why You Need an Editor (And How to Save Money Finding One)

After writing a book, the next big step is to edit it. Editing is incredibly important because it helps to make a book the best it can be, by keeping the story flow, making sure all the events are consistent, developing the characters, and even correcting grammatical and spelling errors, among many other things. It …

Widbook Guest Post: Don’t Overwrite On

  By Mary Ann Lombardo – Widbook blog This post was originally featured at the Widbook blog and written by Mary Ann Lombardo. Widbook is a global community for people who love to share stories. Writers can publish their work in an ebook format and readers meet content and everyone get connected! For the last three weeks Widbook has been my …

Indie Authors: Finding an Editor

J E Henderson, author of the Credara series, has kindly agreed to let me publish an email exchange we had, which provides some insight into why it's important for indie authors to work with editors and how to find the right one. Henderson's editor is Lynette M. Smith of All My Best Copyediting. "I found …