None of us come with manuals, you have to learn by trial and error and grow through experience to discover what kind of writer you are.

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We're pleased to announce the launch of BookBaby Editing services, providing self-published authors access to great book editing at an affordable price.

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In our April BookBaby Twitter Chat, Heather R. Todd, professional editor, published writer, and marketing consultant from FirstEditing, shared her thoughts on finding your crutch words and editing your manuscript.

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Follow these guidelines to clarify your expectations for your manuscript editing and they will save your editor a lot of time, frustration, and confusion.

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There are different types of book editing – including proofreading, copy-editing, and developmental editing – for different stages of the publication process. You should be aware of what kind of editing your manuscript needs and what is involved in each type.

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In a conversation, "crutch words" give you an extra second to think of what to say. In writing, they are glaring annoyances that destroy your writing style.

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Heather R. Todd joined our #BBchat to talk about how to effectively navigate the manuscript editing process after NaNoWriMo, or any major writing project.

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