Every Monday I will be posting a new blog entry, focusing on writing and offering advice to new authors. This week we will be looking at submitting your book to an editor.
So you have finished your book, a book that may have taken you years to write, and now it is ready for the editor. Sounds simple, all you need to do is attach it to an email and send it to your editor to fix, warts and all.
While it may sound somewhat redundant, before you send your manuscript to an editor, you need to make sure that you have edited it to the best of your ability first.
Why should I do that? I hear you ask. It's an editor's job to fix all the mistakes. While this is partially true, it is good practice to check your own work, ensure the story flows well and that there are no major plot holes in your story. By doing this you can cut down on the time it takes for your editor to complete the edit and make their job a little easier. You may also be able to catch story issues that the editor may not be able to find.
Here are a few tips on what you can do with your manuscript before sending it to your editor:
There are different types of editors available, who will look for different things in your manuscript.
Some editors only do one or two types of editing, some editors like myself will do them all. Always do your research. An editor can be expensive, but you don't have to break the bank paying thousands, especially if you are just starting out.
I offer reasonable rates, tailored specifically for new authors or authors with no budget. My rates are lower than the going rate because I know what it is like to be an author, trying to get your first book out there and having very little money to do it with. This is my way of giving back to the fabulous author community that I am a part of. I offer sample edits on request. Click the button below to find out more.
About the Author:
S. K. Gregory is an author, editor and blogger. She currently resides in Northern Ireland.
“Description begins in the writer’s imagination, but should finish in the reader’s.”