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.
I agree with everything Peggy says above, however, Grammarly is very expensive. $59.95 4 x a year. Believe me, it adds up pretty quickly. I would suggest waiting until your final draft and then signing up for Grammarly. Word has gotten much better at 'proof-reading' than it was in the past.
Thank you, very helpfull
Good advice. Thanks.
David, Mac and Word have never played well together. Word is the industry standard. Using Word will make your life easier.
Thank you. I too am a newbie and have been working in Pages on a Mac. It sounds like I need to switch to Word prior to going much further. Two publishers have so recommended rather than trying to convert Pages to Work later. Agree? Thanks.
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