There is plenty of advice out there for an aspiring author about editing your precious manuscript. Most of it is good solid advice that will help you bring your work to another level of professionalism. But… And there is a but…
Until I worked with an editor through to the final stages before publication, whether it be ebook or print book, I never quite appreciated the complexities of editing. Oh! In theory I had it all there in my head, but in practice it never quite made it to the pages of my story.
Add to that the knowledge that every publisher, however big or small, has its own ‘house-style’.
I am a member of a terrific online writers group, and over the years there have been many discussions about grammar, particularly about punctuation. Contrary to popular belief this too varies from publisher to publisher. As do the use, or non-use, or certain words and phrases.
So where does that leave the aspiring writer when they are ready to send their finished story out into the big bad world?
Know this there are few authors who are not asked to edit what they considered a ‘perfect submission’. An editor brings a new set of eyes and perception to your story. She sees what you ‘think’ you have included. She hears the rhythm and knows whether it in sync or not. She finds the plot holes and time lapses you’ve included in your head while you tapped away on the keyboard, but never quite transmitted to the page.
My debut novel, The Brat released on the 1st of this month with The Wild Rose Press. And I can’t tell you how lucky I was to work with a terrific editor whose help taught me what real editing is all about.
Now when I edit my work, I have a better, clearer idea of what is expected of me. Does that mean I’ll submit an edit free story next time? Highly unlikely! But it does mean that I have learned to take my work that extra mile before I submit it.
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The Brat: Release date, ebook, 1st Oct 2010 from The Wild Rose Press
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