“Can you guarantee an error-free manuscript?”

“Can you guarantee an error-free manuscript?”

This is a question that seems to come up in almost every conversation I have lately.  And the answer is a truthful NO.  Books published and printed by the major publishing houses often have errors even after being read, edited and revised several times.  Each year I purchase classroom sets of texts that have been printed and reprinted–even these novels sometimes contain errors.  The truth is that no editor (or publishing company, for that matter) can make this guarantee.

My advice for authors seeking to publish independently is simple: Understand that writing is a process that requires more than one draft, more than one revision, and more than one person willing to read the unfinished product.  If you are looking for a professional to edit your work, ask another writer for suggestions before surfing the web in search of an editor.  Once you find a reliable editor, spend time developing a good working relationship with that person.  Be sure that he or she respects your creative integrity, but is also willing to give you true, critical feedback.

Writing is work.  And no manuscript is perfect after a single draft.  Some are not perfect after six drafts.  So my best advice to writers seeking to publish independently is to find an editor you can rely upon and a process that works for you.   Do not expect perfection after a single edit, but instead focus on making your manuscript better with each revision.  Errors might remain, as they do in some traditionally published books produced by top publishing companies.  The key is to embrace writing as an art form that you, with the help of a good editor, continue to perfect with each new novel.

 

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New Service!

I’ve recently added a new service, especially for my incredibly prolific clients!  Those of you who are mid-way through a multiple book series  may find yourselves in need of a sensible way to keep track of characters, places and events.  I have been working to perfect a series bible format that will make the chore of keeping your stories consistent and harmonious so much easier!  E-mail to request a sample.

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What is the difference between a copy edit and a proofread?

What is the difference between a copy edit and a proofread?

Copy editing and proofreading are two sides of the same coin, both important parts of the editing process that are essential to producing a polished manuscript.

Copy editing is the first step in the editing process.  The copy editor often completes several readings of a manuscript, checking for typographical, grammatical, and punctuation errors, but more importantly, making corrections to and comments about the content.  The job of the copy editor is to attend to the “5 C’s”, making certain that the manuscript is clear, correct, concise, consistent, and comprehensible. 

When asked to copy edit a manuscript, I often spend a good deal of time checking historical accuracy, ensuring the consistency of characters, clarifying confusing sentences or even confusing scenes.  I do NOT make stylistic changes or usurp the artistic integrity of the author.  A great copy editor works alongside the author, not dictating but suggesting.

Proofreading is the final step in the editing process. It is the proofreader’s job to complete a final reading of the manuscript, correcting typographical, grammatical and punctuation errors.  By the time the manuscript is ready for the final proof, it has been read several times by several different people and needs nothing more than a final careful check before publication.

If you are e-publishing your manuscript, you may find that after your novel has been formatted, one more read-through is needed to correct “scanning errors” that come about as a computer program readies the document for e-readers.  I call this a “quick clean-up” and offer this service to many of my e-publishing clients.

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New Service!

I’ve just added a new service, especially for all of my authors who are already knee-deep in the process of publishing a manuscript!  For those of you who need nothing more than a quick read-through of a recently scanned manuscript before uploading it as an e-book, this service is for you.  Let me look for scanning and typing errors for you at a reduced rate of .004/word.  This is roughly $200 for a 50,000 word manuscript!

Contact me today to get the ball rolling.

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Why You Need A Proofreader

As any good writer knows, even the most powerful story gets better when it is properly and professionally edited. And more importantly, a polished manuscript garners more attention both from mainstream publishing companies and from potential readers of e-published books. No matter which vehicle takes your story to your audience, the brick and mortar bookstore or the digital media marketplace, your readers expect perfection. I can help you deliver a flawless text to your audience.

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