Author Nina Amir describes the role and value of an editor and why it's so important for authors to leverage these experts. It's particularly important for self-published authors to hire a professional editor since they don't have a traditional publishing house providing this service. That may mean finding a freelancer or a publishing services provider. Nina offers detailed tips on finding an editor that is a good fit for you.
Cyndi Hughes, president of Cynthia Hughes Literary Consulting, shares the most common editing mistakes she sees new authors make.
There are several common book editing mistakes that new writers can make, causing their work to appear amateur or unfinished - using too many adverbs in dialogue tags, redundancy, and overwriting. Per Deanna Brady, editor and ghostwriter, some of these practices are acceptable when writing nonfiction. For example, repetition isn't bad if writing something that is meant to be instructional. On the other hand, when writing narratives, economy becomes important.
Join professional copy editor Ashley Petry for an overview of the most common grammar problems she encounters in manuscripts.
Jenna Free, editor and writer for Girl Friday Productions, discusses common grammar mistakes she sees in manuscripts.