Manuscript Editing Demystified

I was invited by Shonda Brock, author of the paranormal romance Eternal Traces, to help demystify the editing process for new authors as well as to share some tips on how to edit your book and how to find the right professional editor.

Shonda asked some great questions; here’s one with my answer as a sneak peek, and then I invite you to jump over to The Paranormal Blog and read the rest.

What do you find are the most common mistakes writers make? Most writers fall into a pattern of error that they aren’t even aware of. When we don’t know we are doing something incorrectly, we just keep repeating the same mistake. If you have a tendency to use dangling modifiers, for example, you probably use them quite frequently. The same can be said for comma splices, run-on sentences, and of course, punctuation, which is almost everyone’s Achilles heel. I was the queen of semicolons before I learned how to use them correctly!

Shonda asked some great questions, including “What are your thoughts on authors using beta readers before sending a manuscript to a professional editor?” and “How much can a writer expect to spend to have an average length novel professionally edited?”, so please head over to The Paranormal Blog to learn more, and don’t forget to check out Shonda’s paranormal romance Eternal Traces!

Thanks for stopping by, and happy writing!

—Candace

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12 thoughts on “Manuscript Editing Demystified”

  1. Thanks for the sneak peek :). I have a couple of questions that you might entertain for a post, if you haven’t written about these already. Have you ever turned down an editing assignment? What parameters do you set for yourself in considering assignments? When I was a freelance editor, it was strictly for cash flow. I already had a steady part-time job and was a full time student so it wasn’t difficult for me to turn away jobs when I knew I didn’t have the time or energy to complete them. For a brief time when I considered going full time freelance, the fear of having to take any and all assignments always brought me up short. Currently I have a day job that I’m happy with, but I’ve always wondered how freelancers manage their workload. Personally, I know that if I were totally reliant on freelance work, I would find it impossible to say “no” to anything. Best, Marie

    1. Thanks for those great questions, Marie! You’ve given me a topic for a future blog post–stay tuned! Scheduling is one of the hardest parts of freelance editing, and it’s something I struggle with and am still learning how to do. I’ll share my experiences soon, I promise.

  2. I find run-on sentences unfathomable. Basic knowledge of writing mechanics should be enough to overcome them.

    Just call me “The Grumpy Editor” from now on.

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