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How to honor your Editor

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Now that November is here, I figured I’d write a post on editing. Let me tell you, when I first began my publishing odyssey, I knew nothing about editing. Sure, I’d edit my own books, but that was it. I felt that spending money on editing was a waste.

How wrong I was.

Editors and beta-readers are a key component to the writing process. They act as a safety net, and find everything you miss when you self-edit. But finding an editor that is best for you isn’t easy. But it’s a journey worth embarking on. Let me explain.

I went through many editors. Some were mediocre, but most were subpar. Then I finally settled on one. An Irish Lady named Amanda, who lives with a mischievous little African Grey Parrot called Lilo. There were times when we argued, and I felt our working relationship wouldn’t last. Perhaps it was my fault. Who knows? I can be difficult sometimes when it comes to my work. But in the end, Amanda was the one, the best editor a writer could ask for. After all, how many editors end up becoming your friends?

And then there’s Lilo, who could ever forget Lilo? The repetitive little talking birdie who won my heart, and often serves as an example to me not to take myself too seriously.

So, the morale of this story is simple. If you find an editor that just feels right, by all means, grab onto them like dear life. Make sure to value them like a life preserver, because they’ll save your writing, trust me I know.

And if they own a talking birdie, well that just a bonus!

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The truth about editing

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If you’ve ever published a book, or have considered publishing a book. Then remember these five words: editing is an ongoing process.

You’re probably wondering what I mean by that. Well, it’s simple, don’t think for a moment when you’re published that the work is done. Let me explain.

When I first embarked on my independent writing career I knew nothing about producing the best book possible. I thought that writing the book itself was enough.

Sadly. I was wrong.

A lot of editing goes into a book. First you self-edit it when it’s done, then you turn it over to a skilled editor and he/she tackles it before you confirm or reject their edits.

Then the beta-reader stage begins. Trust me. You should have at least half a dozen beta-readers. The reason for this is the more eyes, the better their chances of catching manuscript errors. But trust me, it doesn’t end there. Then you give the beta-read manuscript another look before handing it back to your editor before it is published.

But wait. You’re still not done. After you’ve published your work, typos, grammatical errors and other unwelcome guests will pop up. Sometimes, you’ll spot em on your own, other times, readers will notify you.

It is your lifelong duty as an author to always update your books when errors are spotted. Books are like people, they’re constantly growing and needing corrections to be better.

Will your work ever be perfect? Never. But then again, who is?

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Guns And Dog beta-reader edit update

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I’m almost done with editing! Those five words I’ve longed to speak for ages. Editing is the part of writing that I disdain the most. But, it is a necessary evil as you all know.

I should be done tonight and then it is off to my editor for a final look.

Stay tuned for a summer release date. Yep. It’s coming folks! It’s coming!

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The most important part of publishing

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As most of you all know I am currently working on getting my next novel, Guns And Dogs, published. What you may not know is how it has been delayed publication due to the quality control aspect. Well, this is the most important part of publishing.

For me, writing is the easy part. I create an outline, and go from there, while adjusting the structure of the book as it takes on its own identity. But that’s just the beginning.

If you’re working to get your first book out there, you owe it to your potential audience to get the BEST book to market. This means, you don’t rush the editing process.

You then edit the living hell out of it. Then get a good editor to check your edits. A few back and forth exchanges will yield a better manuscript. Then it’s time for the beta-readers. You find 2-5 people whom you trust to help you weed out errors in the book that could take away from the reading experience. This included grammar and punctuation.

Again, it all about the editing folks. Yes, writing the book is important, but how well you edit it will determine its readability. Marketing can only do so much for a book that reeks of errors stemming from amateurism.

Guns and Dogs, my upcoming Young Adult novel, was originally scheduled to be released back in March. But I took a look at the book and realized it needed more work. Trust me, fans will wait for a book’s  release, and believe me when I tell you that it will be worth it in the end when you see how satisfied your reading audience is.

 

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Guns And Dogs update

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The beta-reading stage rolls on. I’m now incorporating edits made by another wave of beta-readers who were kind enough to volunteer their time and efforts to make Guns And Dogs an even better read. Let me tell you, I have the best beta-reading team, and combine them with my editor and I’m sure you’ll be pleased with Guns And Dogs when it goes on sale.

For all of you who are new to my blog, Guns And Dogs is my forthcoming release. Click HERE to learn more.

Thanks for your patience.

T.A. UNER

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The Sacrifice of Writing

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If you want to be a successful Writer it takes more than just writing books. Editing and choosing the right cover are important too as you probably already know.

But is there more? Of course. You have to sacrifice your best self and invest it in your writing. Your best self consists of your imagination, and believe me, sometimes it can take a lot just to think up enough worthy material to put down on paper.

But us writing types are used to it. I mean, how many real writers out there complain about not being able to write? Very few. The ones that do complain were never really Writers to begin with.  These are the so-called “wanna-be” types that think it’s cool to dabble in Writing. Treating it like a passing fad, instead of a sound investment in time and energy.

True Writers give their best, even when they know success is far from guaranteed. They write in the face of adversity and defeat failure even when their books don’t sell millions. Then again, very few Writers sell that many books. And for the ones that do, that’s great. But trust me when I say this that their success found them long before they made tons of dough selling their creativity to the fickle reading market. They transcended the realm of doubt and transferred the best part of themselves into a coherent story.

What do you think?

T.A. UNER is the Author of various novels and short stories. Please be sure to follow him on LeopardKingSaga.com, where he blogs about writing, publishing, and life. 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.

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GUNS AND DOGS editing update

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I’ve begun the next round of beta-editing, which means the release date for GUNS AND DOGS has been pushed back to early May. I would rather wait a bit longer before putting it out than release a book that wasn’t up to my level of standards. Editing is a thankless job as everyone already knows. But Writers who don’t work to get the best out of their novels before publication are only setting themselves, and their readers, up for a bittersweet experience, and that’s not what I want. Is it ready to be released to the general public? Yes. But, is it the best book possible for readers at this point? My answer to that is an honest “probably not.”

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Update on post beta-reading stage for GUNS AND DOGS

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Earlier today I completed the editing for the initial round of beta-reader edits for the upcoming YA novel Guns And Dogs. After the Easter Holiday it will be reformatted and sent out for another round of beta-reading.

I think this is important, because the more quality control this book receives,the better the product will be.

Stay tuned for more information.

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Beta-Reading editing update on Young Adult novel GUNS AND DOGS

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Post Beta-Reading editing continues for GUNS AND DOGS.  Hope to have these completed right after Easter before the final round of editing commences. More information to come.

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Why are Beta-Readers special?

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The beta-reader is the most important card in your editing arsenal.

Yes. You read correctly. While the editor can weed out typos and suggest changes in the storyline to fill plot holes, the beta-reader does what must be done.

He/She locates the minor glitches that can derail a great book. I know not everyone goes hunting for typos but grammar Nazis are out there.

Almost always, these people work for free, and their efforts go largely unnoticed by the average reader.

Most authors I know acknowledge their beta-readers, and they should. If you ask me there should be a day dedicated to these tireless folks.

So if you’re a writer, and have beta-readers, do ’em a favor.

Tell them how much you love them.

T.A. UNER is the Author of various published novels and short stories. Please follow him on LeopardKingSaga.com, where he blogs about writing, publishing, and life. By subscribing to his blog posts you’ll have them delivered directly to your e-mail inbox. Sorry! Spam not included.