What is this step? Editing my manuscript. And yes, my followers before you ask, editing IS necessary as a self-pub author. Every author needs someone else to read their books and offer suggestions and corrections. Why? Because the world that is created lives in the author’s head. If something lives in your head it makes perfect sense to you, but relating that story to your readers can sometimes be harder than you think.
And trust me when I tell you that there is a lot to learn about editing. The first thing you must understand is that there are different TYPES of edits. Below are the four most common types that I discovered in my research.
- Substantive (development of story line, major revisions can be part of these edits)
- Content (plot holes, character development, sagging middles, just to name a few)
- Copyedit (line edits – is the sentence written correctly, word choice, etc.)
- Proofread (typos, grammar, missing words, etc)
Confused yet? This is when the BE FEARLESS mantra begins in my head. Because once I determine what these edits MEAN, I then need to decide which ones I NEED.
I believe that I have a fundamentally sound story and really do not need substantive edits. However, since this is the first time I will working with an editor and I want to learn all that I can (with the belief that it will make my future writing even stronger) I have determined I need to have content, copyedit and finally proofreading at the end to polish my project.
Wow. Are you tired yet? Cause this is just getting started. Now I have to find freelance editors who would be interested in (and have the time in their schedules to) edit my work.
Where to begin? Recommendations from other authors, indie loops, recommendations in self-pub books, including looking at who edits your favorite self-pub authors!
Next week we will delve into which editors I decided to query and how my (slight) OCD helped me with this process. Stay tuned!