Congratulations! You succeeded in the NaNoWriMo challenge. But without a heavy dose of manuscript editing, your book isn't ready for prime time.
Want to learn more about the power of fine-tuning your sentences to improve your writing? Join BookBaby and Jocelyn Pruemer on Wednesday, October 21 at 4 pm ET for a special Twitter Q&A where we’ll talk about the best ways to find the weaknesses in your writing and how to fix them.
Generic descriptions and recurring sentence structures lead to a rather boring read. Editing with a focus on more interesting word choices and sentence structures can improve your writing and make it shine.
God only knows why Dr. Tony Lewis, the president of Christian Bible Institute and Seminary in Spring, Texas, didn’t get professional editing for his book. “Something was telling me I should have paid to have it edited,” he says. “Had I done that, it would saved me a lot of money in the long run.
There has been a debate recently about whether an editing app can or should ever replace a human editor. The answer is a resounding NO. Writer’s need real, actual people to help them develop their ideas and tell their stories. That will never change. But there are some areas where an editing tool can, in my opinion, blow a human editor out of the water. You should think of it as a two step process: use the editing tool to improve the technical elements of your writing so that your human editor is freed up to focus on content and style.
Copy editing is the process of revising and correcting your written material to make it the best it can be. Before you head into the copy editing phase, here's a primer to help you understand what to expect and how to best prepare your written work for the process.