It’s been some time since I wrote a blog post aimed at helping writers worldwide, so I’ve written this post on editing, and how it affects writers.
I would say that for writers, especially indies, editing is the most critical aspect of writing. Why? Because poor editing, or no editing, is the sign of an amateur.
When I first got started as an indie writer over a year ago, it amazed me how difficult editing was. It can be a frustrating process, and have diminishing returns on every pass. That’s why having the right mindset during the editing stage is important.
First, realize that it is impossible to correct all the grammar, punctuation and typos on your own. That is why a good editor is critical. I know that an editor can be pricey, but, in this day and age of independent writing, there are plenty of affordable editors out there.
Next, you must realize that typos will be your biggest enemy. There really is no way around them. I hate to be negative but this is the truth. A good editor can weed out most of them, but some may still be lurking in your manuscript.
I believe that in order to be an excellent writer, you must be vigilant with typos. The best practice in the war against these fiends is to re-read your manuscript every few months, even after publication. I’ve spent lots of money on editing and re-editing, and it’s worth every penny. The last thing you want are negative reviews from your readers because of typos.
Will your manuscript ever be perfect? Never. Even traditionally published books have typos. But you can strive for excellence. This should be the goal of every writer, whether you’re a traditionally published bestseller, or an independent writer embarking on their first literary project.
T.A. UNER is the Author of various novels and short stories. Please be sure to follow him on LeopardKingSaga.com, where he blogs 4-5 times a week about writing, self-publishing, and sales & marketing. Please subscribe to his blog posts and have them delivered directly to your e-mail inbox. He will dance on his hands if you do.