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Self-Editing: How to Edit Your Own Book and Save Money

We are very pleased to announce Self-Editing, now available on our website and on Amazon. We have had many clients request a step-by-step guide to self-editing their own manuscripts as an effective and cost-efficient alternative to professional editing. 

Self-Editing walks authors through prioritizing, tricks of the trade, and the most common errors. It includes a grammar guide on punctuation, capitalization, spelling, and more.

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Seven Editing Tips for Authors

Often, inexperienced authors believe a project they are working on is finished when they type the last word. They mail the letter, dispatch the news release, or post the article only to discover glaring errors.

As a matter of fact, even when exercising a lot of caution, a manuscript will never be perfect. You can manage to make a short document error free, but there is no way hundreds of pages of writing will lack errors. It’s incredibly difficult to edit as you write—that’s why there are professional editors. 

However, you can make your work as error free as possible. Here are a few important tips to help you.

Write, then edit later

You should know that you will never complete the task when you are writing and editing at the same time. Book editors recommend coming up with a draft and do the editing as you progress. You don’t have to edit. Rewrite, revise. It will be better if you get your thoughts on paper before you start searching for errors.

Take a break

After working with a document for hours, it is likely that you will lose perspective. You will be thinking you are editing the work, yet you are just reading what you wrote on paper. After taking a short break, you will come in with fresh eyes that will discover the existence of errors in the document.

Edit the document in stages

Professional book editors recommend breaking the book into stages. There are a number of factors that will determine how many stages you will have and among them include the complexity of the document, the length, and the importance. You may have to add or delete sections depending on your findings.

Read it aloud

When you think your work is correct, try reading it aloud. There are sentences that may look okay in print, but do not read well when someone reads them aloud.

Ask a friend

When writing a book or manuscript, it is imperative you let someone review the document. Book editors are the best expert you can hire. But, if you can’t afford an editor or just want another person’s opinion, ask a friend. 

Book Editors Can Help You Publish a Book Easily

Achieving success in book publishing is truly a feat. Successful publishers understand that certain factors can help them achieve success in publishing—only high quality books can pass the publication test. Before you give out your script for publication, it is good to be sure it is of great quality. If in doubt, you can always consult the best book editors available out there.

Tip 1: Be Unique

Your book should be professional looking and have deep content. Check what is already available in the market and check if there is difference with what you are publishing. There is always stiff competition out there and when you have a unique product, you can face off with the competition.

Tip 2: Quality

Well-detailed and well-made books can be priced higher than others in the market. With the help of the best book editors, you will be able to ensure the quality of the book you publish.

Tip 3: Presentation

Both texts and images should be presented in a very logical manner. Concentrate on the value which the book has to offer. If you are not sure on how this can be used to achieve your goals, the best book editors can offer the help you badly require. Even the cover of your book will determine if it will be received well in the book market. You can count on reputable book publishing experts to provide you with the right guidance.

Tip 4: Pricing

Many people think when they lower the price of their book, more sales can be made. There is little truth to this. High-quality books can be priced higher. When you invest in editing, your book will be rated higher and be more readable to your audience. Make sure the price reflects the quality of the book. The best book editors and reputable publishers know realistic pricing. Don’t be afraid to ask for advice!

Outsourcing

As I was reading this article today, I realized just how much can be outsourced overseas—software development, manufacturing and we're all a little too familiar with foreign call centers. With all the outsourcing and cheap labor overseas, it's tempting to hire a very cheap editor from India, the Philippines or Bangladesh. 

While an editor overseas may only cost you a few dollars, it's an unwise investment. I've had many clients whose manuscripts had already been edited by a non-native English speaker and still had many errors, misspellings and grammatical mistakes. They have all regretted their choice to choose cost over quality.

Editors and writers who are native English speakers are worth the investment. While it's possible to become well versed in another language, it is impossible to be a native speaker in more than one. The small differences in word usage, sentence structure and cultural idioms are very difficult to learn. 

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Penguin, Macmillan, Random House, Oh My!

Self-publishing doesn't suit you.

It's understandable. Self-publishing a book online is a challenging task. You want to publish your book through a traditional publisher, like Random House or Simon & Schuster. So, where to start?

The "big six" publishers are becoming increasingly difficult to be published through. They seek established authors with loyal followings and strong online presence. Many of their authors contribute to magazines, newspapers and blogs. 

Don't be discouraged. Stephen King was not born a successful author. It takes time and effort to put yourself in the position of being picked up by a major publishing house.

The great news: with the wide availability of online marketing and sales, more and more independent publishers are able to compete.

First, you'll need to research publishers to find who might be a good fit for your genre of book. Many publishers only work with specific genres or audiences.

Second, I HIGHLY recommend submitting your work to a literary agent. Agents take a small portion of your profits, usually 10-15 percent. I cannot recommend working with an agent enough.

Many authors submit to publishers and are turned down immediately. It's not because their book wasn't great; in fact, most likely no one even read it. Publishers are sent hundreds of manuscripts and samples a day. They simply cannot read them all. 

Additionally, most publishers feel that if you have not been selected by an agent, your book is most likely not suitable for publishing. 

Submit to an agent. They take some of your profits, yes, but if you want profits at all -- you need an agent. They are expert negotiators and they know the industry. Don't hesitate, do it.

Finally, if you're serious about publishing, I suggest hiring an editor to review your manuscript prior to submitting it to an agent or publisher.

But publishing houses have editors, why waste my money on an editor?

Great question. As an author, you write. And when most authors write quickly, trying to get a scene laid out or an action sequence written down, they miss a lot. 

Often, scenes are missing words, have misspellings, use too much or too little punctuation. It is impossible for an author to edit his or her own work. You just don't see the errors because you've seen the same words a hundred times. That's where an editor comes in.

I've spoken to agents and publishers that will refuse a manuscript due to too many grammatical errors. Unfortunately, mistakes speak to the skill of the author and the commitment of the author to seek help in elevating their story.

Editors are found in every publishing house. Freelance editors are hired by agents and authors everyday to review manuscripts for errors and to improve the readability of books. 

Hiring an editor to review your book is well worth the time and money. It will save you headaches later and improve your changes of being chosen by an agent and published.

Contact Editing Emily today for a free quote and sample. We'll get started to making your manuscript perfect! You can always reach me at (727) 460-5708.