Editing

Insights, advice and articles on the importance of editing your book before publishing.

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Cut and Cut (and Cut Again) — The Self-edit Credo

A self-edit should have you cutting what doesn't add to your written work. Strive for simple, effective construction of phrases to achieve a better final product.
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Red Pen Praising: The Best Thing You Can Do For A Writer

This twist on editing can turn those red marks on the page into something a writer craves. Red pen praising only highlights the best of a writer's work.
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Nine Ways Editing Software Can Improve Creative Writing

Editing software can improve your creative writing, and since you're alerted to corrections and suggestions, you can also expect to learn a lot and grow as a writer.
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How An Editing App Can Increase Writing Productivity

Using an editing app can reduce your editing time significantly. You also improve writing productivity when you use an editing tool because you learn as you go along.
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Does Your Writing Pass The “Slow Read” Test?

Do a slow read of your writing. Have you chosen your words well? Is your mind jumping ahead because the text is perfected or because you could cut it and lose nothing? If you don't want to read those words, will anyone else?
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Write By Accident, Refine By Design

Writing enough prose to fill a book is one thing, but weaving it all together into a story with a strong arc, purpose, and impact is another entirely. Here are some lessons that might help you in your writing process — whether your own book is an “accident” or not.
sensitivity readers

Publishers Are Hiring Sensitivity Readers … Should You?

The push for more diversity in publishing can sometimes be at odds with the "write what you know" dictum. Writers who want to make their books more diverse want to get it right, which is why authors looking to self-publish might consider engaging sensitivity readers.

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