beta readers / critiquing / editing / self-editing

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

beta readers / editing / self-editing

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

beta readers / editing activities / publishing / Writing activities

Beta Readers

Beta readers are wonderful, helpful people who will read your manuscript, and give you honest feedback, as part of your editing process, to help you make your book (or other writing) the best it can be. They will take a look at the whole manuscript, and think about themes, plot (and plot holes), characterization, and other … Continue reading