Self-editing is the practice of editing your own manuscript to the best of your ability, prior to submitting it to a freelance editor, agent, or publisher. Every author approaches self-editing differently depending on skill level, but any self-editing that can be done will help save time and money in the overall publishing process. Per author and freelance editor Jason Schmetzer, most authors are capable of doing basic copyediting and proofreading, which includes grammar, typos, and punctuation. Schmetzer recommends waiting until a first draft is complete before tackling any deeper edits like developmental and line editing, which look at story structure and styling. In his own writing, Schmetzer does tend to copyedit as he goes, but does not go beyond that until he has a finished draft. Saving major rewrites until the end will allow you to catch more errors and inconsistencies. While word processing software like Microsoft Word can identify common spelling errors, Schmetzer recommends upgrading to a software such as Grammarly for more accuracy.
Huge thanks! Very insightfull...
Thank you Peggy. I am going to post my essays. I would appreciate any help you could give.
Thank you Jen. I am going to post my essays for help in this process. Editing is my nemesis. LOL
Hi Mary Mangee! Peggy is correct - and this is exactly what your Author Circle is for! If you need help accessing it, just let me know and I'll be happy to help. In the meantime, I'm attaching a PDF for you with details on how to set it up! Getting Started with Author Circles.pdf
Have you posted sections for feedback? That's one way to get editing help prior to sending it off. I would be happy to help.
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