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Bad Reviews When You’ve Had Your MS Edited

What should you do if you’ve paid an editor good money to help you with your manuscript–and then when the book is published you get poor reviews? Here are some thoughts (and things to think about next time you hire an editor!): Consider all the reviews you have received. Are there a lot of negative … Continue reading

beta readers / editing / English Second Language (ESL) writers / languages / self-editing / showing vs telling / writer's and self-editor's reference library

Common Editing Issues in English-Second-Language Manuscripts

Common issues on ESL manuscripts Below is a list of issues I found when editing a series of stories by an author who speaks English quite well, but for whom English is definitely a second language, and that is reflected in her writing. I have edited for ESL writers from many language backgrounds, and these … Continue reading

beta readers / concise writing / length of books

An Editor’s Comments About a Extra-Long Manuscript That Needs Re-Typing

This is part 10 of my series on “An Editor’s Comments.” These are actual comments I’ve made to clients, and are directed to their particular needs, so they are sometimes quite different than what you’ll find in a style manual or other editing book. I hope you’ll find these thoughts helpful! If you want to … Continue reading

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Words of Encouragement from an Editor

This is part 3 of my series on “An Editor’s Comments.” These are actual comments I’ve made to clients, and are directed to their particular needs, so they are sometimes quite different than what you’ll find in a style manual or other editing book. I hope you’ll find these thoughts helpful! If you want to learn … Continue reading

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An Editor’s Comments About The Editing Process

This is part 2 of my series on “An Editor’s Comments.” These are from actual comments I’ve made to clients, and are directed to their particular needs, so they are sometimes quite different than what you’ll find in a style manual or other editing book. I hope you’ll find these thoughts helpful! If you want to … Continue reading

beta readers / self-editing / writers' groups / writing partners

Working with a Partner, Writers’ Group, & Beta-Readers

This is #4 of a series of 5 posts with tips and tasks related to self-editing. See the links at the bottom of the post for other articles in this series. Your writing group–or partner–or beta readers–might not be quite as hilarious as Buster Keaton’s writing group, but you can still have a great time … Continue reading

beta readers / concise writing / editing / editing checklists / poetry / rhymes

Poetry Writing and Self-Editing Tips – Part 2

This is Part 2 of a two-part series on poetry tips: Tips for self-editing your poetry. Part 1 in this series discussed: Tips for building your poetry skills.   Tips for self-editing your poetry: Edit your poem several times. After each edit, put the poem away and let it percolate in your mind. Tinker with … Continue reading

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Tips on Giving and Receiving Critiques

Some overall tips about critiquing: Penny Smith, author of Wanted: Ogopogo Lake Monster, Dead or Alive and a co-founder of the Penticton Writers and Publishers [PWAP} group (now the Okanagan-South Writers’ League [OWL]), once presented a very useful talk on critiquing to the PWAP group. She gave us these useful overall tips: Remember that always we are … Continue reading

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Quick-view tips and tricks for self-editing

Quick-view Self-Editing Tips and Tricks: Reference materials and helps: Respected style guides (eg. Chicago Manual of Style) Other good references (eg. The Elements of Style, The Copyeditor’s Handbook) Editing checklists Automated editing resources (eg Word’s built-in spelling and grammar; Grammarly) Refer to lists of commonly misused words, commonly misspelled words; readability levels http://www.readability-score.com Seek critiques … Continue reading

beta readers / drafts / editing / editing activities

Margin Comments in an Edited Manuscript

The following are tips I wrote in the margin comments of a manuscript “overview edit.” They are the kind of tips you may get from your editor. Maybe you’ll find some useful tips among these for your own manuscript before you even send it off to an editor. Narrator commentary: Be careful in your writing … Continue reading