How Important Is Editing?

October 11th, 2012

The answer to this question may seem obvious. However, as self-publishers become more prominent, attention should be given to this subject because accurate editing can be the difference between your manuscript being read or ending up in the trash.

Editing your own material can be rather difficult because, as the author, you know what you intend to say. However your intent and the end result may be two separate things. I recently had the experience of reviewing the work of someone who self-edited and self-published a book. The first five pages contained several spelling and grammatical errors, and while I knew what the writer intended to say, the errors became a distraction. Poor editing can also leave the impression that the author is lazy or that they are not serious about the writing profession.

Joining an online writer’s critique group is one way to address the self-editing situation. In these groups, members read your material and offer their critiques. When selecting an online writer’s critique group, you want to select a group that is in line with your writing genre. If you require assistance for your editing, contact Castle Virtual Solutions LLC because Your Success Is My Goal!!

Lorraine Castle is a virtual assistant who works with authors, coaches, trainers, and speakers to get speaking engagements, write their books, publish their books, and market their books. Contact Lorraine to find out what she can do to help you develop your gift.

Written by Lorraine Castle ©2012