WHEN YOU CAN’T AFFORD AN EDITOR …
WHEN YOU CAN’T AFFORD AN EDITOR…
submitted by Christine Larsen
When you can’t afford an editor, you will find help in this excellent article submitted by MEMOIRABILIA member and author, Christine Larsen
On LinkedIn, I belong to a group called Author Support.
In his introduction to the group on 26th October, new owner Philip Catshill wrote about the vexing question of getting edited when you can’t afford it.
Susan Uttendorfsky was the previous owner and this was her farewell to Philip and the group:
Thank you, Philip, for keeping this group open!
As my going-away present to you all, and in view of Philip’s comment above, I’d like to share with you an excellent self-editing regime I’ve compiled just for people who can’t afford an editor. Yes, I’m a freelance editor, but I do recognize that not everyone can afford my services.
If you went through every single one of the tips contained on these blog posts, you will have an excellently edited book. Professional editors perform many of these tasks automatically.
Warning: This will take many passes of your MS. Be prepared to invest a LOT of time on self-editing. But the end product will be worth it.
I’ll still be around! 🙂
I’ve only had time to look at the first link yet, but it sounds brilliant… and is high on my list for my next edit.
I have been spreading the word in many directions about the amazing value I have found in reading my words from my computer screen (or a draft print-out) onto a simple hand held voice recording device.
I’m not fussed about the recording quality – the purpose is to ‘hear’ typos and grammatical errors as I read them. And to ‘hear’ the rhythms, and whether dialogue sounds natural and right. It fascinates me how much your ear picks up when acting in tandem with your eyes and voice.
Even your mobile or cell phone has a voice recorder on it these days. Once again, poor recording output, but for the purpose of editing? Superb. If you doubt me, give it a try. I think you’ll find yourself pleasantly surprised.
Of course, this is not the ‘be all and end all’ of editing – but when your finances severely limit your choices, I agree with Susan: follow the steps and you will have ‘an excellently edited book’.