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Against All Odds, I Conquered!

Edit Ruthlessly

Edit Ruthlessly (Photo credit: Dan Patterson)

This past month began slowly with a middle reader manuscript to edit. I enjoyed the 4th of July holiday and dug into the editing process. The middle reader manuscript is a very engaging read so it helps in the editing process. I was halfway through editing this manuscript when I received a call from another author needing help in the final edit to get their book to the publisher by a certain deadline. I finished the manuscript with the publishing deadline and I’m struck with a bad case of vertigo.

For those of you that have never experienced vertigo, I pray you never do. It’s a horrible way to spend several days. When vertigo comes knocking on my door my world spins endlessly even when my eyes are closed. The spinning makes me nauseous, sometimes it’s so bad I can’t keep anything down. I’ll never forget the look of hopelessness on my husband’s face the first time this occurred as I looked up in despair.

My vertigo went away after several doses of medicine and uncountable hours of sleep. I continued on with the middle reader I was originally editing.

I am pleased to announce despite having vertigo I managed to edit two manuscripts in three weeks. I feel like I have conquered the world! Sigh…Well, my little corner of it anyway. It’s the small victories in life that keep me going.

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Why is Editing Important?

Every manuscript, whether you intend to self-publish or have it traditionally published, requires a professional edit by an editor. In order to traditionally publish a book the manuscript must be presented professionally formatted and edited to appear and read appropriately to catch the publishing agent’s eye from the beginning or your manuscript will end up buried in the slush pile quickly. Nobody wants their hard work to end up in the slush pile, do everything in your power to avoid that by sending your manuscript to an editor first. If you are self-publishing, it is important to present a professional book that is formatted properly and reads well to keep the reader reading and wanting to read more by you, the author. eBooks are set aside often because of formatting errors and typos that would be caught before they were published with a professional edit. Most readers will not buy a second eBook from an author that self-published with formatting errors and typos. That means an author gets one opportunity at eBook publishing and if it is done incorrectly profits will be lost almost before they start. Self-publishing can be done inexpensively and profitably by utilizing print on demand services and eBooks with the help of a professional editor. I cannot stress enough how important it is to always present a professional looking product for the best results. When you submit a manuscript think of it as your most important job interview. Be prepared for it by using an editor to let your story stand out, not your mistakes.

Edited Version of First Book

Edited Version of First Book (Photo credit: TheCreativePenn)

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