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starlights13

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Do you edit your own work?
Posted: Jul 4, 2012 8:32 PM
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I've finished the content of my manuscript for the first part of series I'm writing. I've the read the thing a million times it seems, but I feel like as soon as I publish it, I'll find tons of things I missed.

Is it enough to proof read your own work. Or should I find someone else to do it.
andresanthomas

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Re: Do you edit your own work?
Posted: Jul 4, 2012 8:39 PM   in response to: starlights13 in response to: starlights13
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Get someone else.
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Re: Do you edit your own work?
Posted: Jul 4, 2012 8:44 PM   in response to: starlights13 in response to: starlights13
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I do my own short stories--but then I've worked as a professional editor (including several years with a NY publisher) for over a decade. Even so, it's never easy to edit your own stuff. For longer works, I absolutely have someone else edit them. I also know a number of editors that I can shoot questions to and bounce things off.

If you're not trained as an editor, I think you'd miss things. (And remember that proofreading is not the same as editing, although some people do both.)
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Re: Do you edit your own work?
Posted: Jul 4, 2012 8:48 PM   in response to: starlights13 in response to: starlights13
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Do your own editing to the best of your ability, then send it to a GOOD editor. You'll find out if you need an editor for your future work. Most people need an editor.
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Re: Do you edit your own work?
Posted: Jul 4, 2012 8:51 PM   in response to: starlights13 in response to: starlights13
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I self edit, and then send it to one of my editors for the final layer of polish.
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Re: Do you edit your own work?
Posted: Jul 4, 2012 9:00 PM   in response to: starlights13 in response to: starlights13
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Can any recommend a good place to find a reliable editor?
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Re: Do you edit your own work?
Posted: Jul 4, 2012 9:35 PM   in response to: starlights13 in response to: starlights13
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I've finished the content of my manuscript for the
first part of series I'm writing. I've the read the
thing a million times it seems, but I feel like as
soon as I publish it, I'll find tons of things I
missed.

Is it enough to proof read your own work. Or should I
find someone else to do it.


it really is a commercial decision given the low sales rates for most people right now, especially newbies;

true editing costs big dollars so you need to work out if you can afford to sell your book ie your Return on Investment.

IMHO formatting and cover are more important and format services charge way less than editing services AND there is a fine line between the two, SO you might just get some "on the fly" editing from your format service.

eg I just formatted a book where it became obvious the author had left out 2 chapters, so of course I told her even though that is more like editing.

for the average book I would probably catch say 20 bloopers maybe just a full stop missing as I scan through to get format correct.

then author gets an azw file to proof read and generally the change of format TO the Kindle format suddenly reveals bloopers to the author [so author does a snagging list and I don't charge extra if list is no more than say 15 items. So for $75 it could be said the author does get a deal of bonus "editing", albeit that I don't know if other formatters do the same

so just some thoughts to help your ROI decision.
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Re: Do you edit your own work?
Posted: Jul 4, 2012 9:54 PM   in response to: starlights13 in response to: starlights13
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Both- I go over it initially and make the corrections and fix any errors I see. I'll also do a lot of rewrites and close up plot holes. Then I send it to a couple of people who are great with editing.

With short stories, I usually only use one or two beta readers to proof and edit, as well as give overall feedback on the story and characters. With longer works, I am using 8 beta readers, each with a different "specialty" to catch everything possible.
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Posted: Jul 4, 2012 10:14 PM   in response to: starlights13 in response to: starlights13
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Hi Starlights,
I am a freelance editor and former literary intern. I give great rates for indies and will do your first 10 pages for free no strings attached. I do beta reads with detailed feedback, proofreading, and line editing -- whatever you want. I'd love to help! Email me at wndraye @ gmail dot com (but spelled the regular way...I just don't want spambots). I have great references!
Best of luck to you!
Wendy
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Posted: Jul 4, 2012 10:16 PM   in response to: starlights13 in response to: starlights13
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I searched the threads here and found several mentions for Frankie Sutton. I have used her for one novel, and I'll use her again. There are different types of editors. Do a search here in the forums regarding editors, there are a lot of discussions on the topic.
projecthobo

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Re: Do you edit your own work?
Posted: Jul 5, 2012 12:09 AM   in response to: starlights13 in response to: starlights13
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feel free to email me (ebookeditor at gmx.com) with your word count and a portion of your manuscript for a free sample edit, a quote, and an idea of how much editing you might require. if nothing else, it's good to get multiple opinions.

best of luck with the book, whatever you do!
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Re: Do you edit your own work?
Posted: Jul 5, 2012 12:21 AM   in response to: starlights13 in response to: starlights13
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Abbsolutily. I has a verry good i four typos an does not need out side consustants.
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Posted: Jul 5, 2012 12:53 AM   in response to: inyun in response to: inyun
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Hi Inyun

I suspect you are a professional editor. How much do you charge?
starlights13

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Posted: Jul 5, 2012 8:08 AM   in response to: starlights13 in response to: starlights13
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Thanks guys, I'll be contacting everyone who left their email here.
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Re: Do you edit your own work?
Posted: Jul 5, 2012 9:12 AM   in response to: starlights13 in response to: starlights13
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I write a chapter. Then my wife chews it apart with a pencil.
I rewrite. Then I read it out loud to a patient friend and mark it with a pencil.
I rewrite. Then I send it to a writer friend who is published (and I'm sort of not) and she chews it apart.
I rewrite. Then I put it on the shelf and begin another project. In a month or two, I read over it and mark it up.
I rewrite. Then I publish it on Amazon, and give copies to my friends.

Then my mistakes show up.

It has been said that one never finishes a novel....one simply abandons it and goes on.
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