The Busy Writer's Self-Editing Toolbox
by Marg McAlister
Kindle Edition: 41 pages
In today's publishing world, it is vitally important that authors understand how to edit and polish their own work. This is true whether you're publishing your own work, or giving it a final spit and polish ready for the eyes of an editor in a publishing house.
These are the facts:
- If you send your book to a publisher, and it needs a lot of work, an editor may abandon it in favour of a novel by a different author - even if she prefers your story. Times are tough, and many editors are taking on a heavier load. They can't afford a novel that needs extensive editing. That's why you need to have your story as close to perfect as possible.
- If you are an 'indie' (independent) writer, and you're publishing your own book, it even more important that your work is of a high standard. It's a competitive world out there. To give yourself the best chance of success, you need to ensure that there is nothing to distract the reader from your story.
- Editing a manuscript involves far more than doing a spelling and grammar check and fixing up a sentence here and there that doesn't flow. You need to know (a) the common mistakes that authors make (so you can avoid them or fix them) and (b) all the things that can affect a reader's opinion of your book.
How The Busy Writer's Self-Editing Toolbox Will Help You
In this handy self-editing guide, you will discover:
- How colour-coding can give you an instant snapshot of any problems with repetitive phrases, dull dialogue, style and tone, and problems with person or tense
- Common errors made with viewpoint, and how to fix them
- Important understandings about viewpoint
- How to edit and polish dialogue so it sounds natural
- The DOs and DON'Ts of writing dialogue
- How "too much" of anything can ruin your story and alienate your readers
- General tips on building your skills
If you're a beginner, then The Busy Writer's Self-Editing Toolbox will save you hours of time - and probably quite a few rejections. If you're more experienced, then you can just dip into the Toolbox for whatever you need to help you with those problem areas.
Here's what some satisfied users of the Self-Editing Toolbox say about it:
"I used this when editing my books... Once you know what to look for and how to fix it, these self-editing techniques make your writing tight and powerful." (D.J. Stutley, author of Operation Foxtrot Five and 4 others in the series.)
"The Self-Editing Toolbox really is every writer's essential guide to editing their book to submission standard: easy to follow, yet effective. The colour-coding makes it so easy to sort the rough spots from the prose that glows. I still have some polishing to do but my test readers say they can't wait for more chapters as my characters 'live off the page.' I love they're so hooked by a story that I was struggling to finish and feared I couldn't develop to its full potential. I so nearly gave up on this WIP. With The Self-Editing Toolbox you really have taken the hard graft out of writing." [Viv Adams, Romance Writer]
- The Busy Writer's Book of Checklists
- The Busy Writer's One-Hour Character
- The Busy Writer's One Hour Plot
- The Busy Writer's KickStart Program
- The Busy Writer's Tips on Writing Romance
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