If you’re a writer anything like myself, you’ve got a handful of manuscripts finished, languishing in desk drawers, or in your Dropbox gathering virtual dust. I love to write, but I am not as excited about editing. So a manuscript often finds itself abandoned shortly after completion for a variety of reasons – time, interest in new projects, distaste for editing. Whatever the reason, if you want to transition from writing to publishing, you’re going to have to bite the bullet and do some editing.
Editing doesn’t need to be a chore though! Just like I mentioned in our DIY Cover tips blog, editing often is best handled by a professional. Even if you plan to hire a pro to fine tune the editing, you’ll need to do some review and revision yourself. And if you plan to do all the work yourself, you’ll really need to focus and do your best to ensure the editing serves the book and achieves your goals for the manuscript.
Leading us to the question; how does an author effectively edit their own work?