When I was writing more than I am now, I hated editing. I thought I was a horrible writer, when I was really learning the craft. I took the corrections wrong. I thought everyone was criticizing me. That is not what an edit is about. It’s a learning experience.
The first thing every writer should learn is not to depend on Spell Check. If two words are pronounced the same, you will not see a red line under them to show they are misspelled. Words like two, too, to; here and hear; and there and their are the main ones we see. The best advice is to “read” your manuscript and watch what you are reading. We ask all of our authors to read their manuscript aloud. Some have begun reading with a voice device. Unless you are reading along with the manuscript, you won’t notice the mistakes when you hear it read to you.
What do I do? I read my manuscript aloud like everyone else. I go to a room and close the door. I usually tell my husband what I’m doing. He doesn’t open my office door when it is closed. This gives me the opportunity to read aloud and find mistakes. If you are not watching close with your manuscript as you read, you’ll be sending us a manuscript with a lot of mistakes.
When an edit is done, sentence structure is also addressed. Notice how you write a sentence. My pet peeve is, “I’m done.” I don’t like to use the word “done” in anything, unless it’s a cake. Instead we might tell you to correct it to “I’m finished.” That sounds so much better.
Know as much about good grammar as you can. Check the dictionary to make sure you are using the correct words. It makes all the difference with your readers.
Several years ago I saw a book free on Amazon about Roanoke Island, North Carolina. I was interested in knowing more about what happened to the people, and I felt this author knew what he was talking about. When I began reading it, there were so many mistakes that I couldn’t finish it. It would have been interesting if it were not written so badly.
Everyone has an opinion about your writing. Some will not give reviews if they think the writing is bad. You don’t want that. You want reviews, and you want people to like your writing so they will buy more books. It’s like a first impression. The first impression someone has of you and your book is the way you write.
Writing is a thinking process. It’s the same with editing. We can do a lot to increase sales by writing well. Think when you write.
Have a blessed day,