Making your manuscript the best it can be is a critical step in your book’s success. We can not recognize all of the issues in our own work, so it is important to hire a professional to edit your book before you self-publish it or submit it to a publisher. (No, it is not the job of the publishing house to turn rough drafts into polished prose. Your work should be the best you can make it before you send it off.)
Although it is important to have other sets of eyes review your work, you should also revise your manuscript before turning it over to an editor. Here are some resources to help you be a better editor of your own work.
|Self-Editing for Fiction Writers, Second Edition: How to Edit Yourself Into Print
In this completely revised and updated second edition, Renni Browne and Dave King teach you, the writer, how to apply the editing techniques they have developed to your own work. Chapters on dialogue, exposition, point of view, interior monologue, and other techniques take you through the same processes an expert editor would go through to perfect your manuscript. Each point is illustrated with examples, many drawn from the hundreds of books Browne and King have edited.
|Copyediting and Proofreading For Dummies
This book, from the popular For Dummies series, is designed for those who wish to be professional editors and proofreaders. If this is you, this will be helpful in launching your freelance career.
Writers can benefit from an understanding of what copyeditors and proofreaders really do. It is a good way to set your expectations of what an editor can do for you and how to work with a professional editor.
|Editing Made Easy: Simple Rules for Effective Writing
This useful book is a quick read, and an easy reference for anybody who wants to communicate clearly with American English. The book is non-technical in its approach. It doesn’t cover grammatical terms such as present perfect progressive or correlative conjunctions. It boils grammar and style into a few simple rules that will serve you well whether you are a journalist, a student, a novelist, a business executive, a blogger, or anybody else who would like to make effective use of written language.
|The Little Book of Self-Editing for Writers: 12 Ways to Take Your Book from Good to Great (Little Books for Writers)
Part One: Search and Destroy
Part Two: The Self-Editor’s Toolkit
Part Three: Self-Editing Resources
|Author’s Quick Guide to Editing Your Book
This Kindle book provides a concise look at both self-editing and working with an editor. This e-book will help you discover: