On Editing


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How to Revise a Manuscript   Congratulations! You’ve completed your novel. All the words are out of your head and typed up neatly in your word processing program. So by show of hands, how many of you then send it to the proofreader, editor, or bestie who reads all your stuff and then publish it? Don’t be shy. I want to see those hands. No,...

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When to Hire an Editor Now that you have your manuscript written, you’ve revised it and handed it out to people who gave you their honest opinion, and then revised and polished it some more… it’s time for the final stages so you can publish your creation for everyone to read. You can see the end in sight, the light at the end of the...

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5 Ways to Cut the Wordiness in Your Manuscript   Have you received a rejection letter that says “Wordy!”? Has your editor asked you to cut some of the clutter? Do you want to streamline your submission to improve your chances of publication? Here are some quick tips that can help: 1. Search for phrases like started to, began to, headed to, decided to, reached...

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What to Do With Your First Draft   Congratulations! You’ve done something that most would-be writers have not—completed your novel. I can feel your satisfied grin from here. So now that you’ve finished that first draft, what should you do with it? If “Publish it now!” is your first thought, I want you to take a step away from your manuscript. In fact, you should...

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Divas on Editing: Proofread When most people ask for a proofread, they expect their manuscript will get a once-over to fix errors and make sure it makes sense. But there’s a lot more to a proofread than simply catching typos and misspelled words. Proofreading is less about the content of the document and more about writing and typographical errors. And before you object, the answer...

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Divas on Editing: Line Editing When I saw that I was writing an article about line editing, I laughed out loud. And then I panicked. Line editing has been a sort of abstract concept to me, something in the periphery that I never quite understood. For me, editing started out as a very definitive exercise; my first editing experience was beta reading for a friend, and...

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Today, the Divas discuss developmental editing—what it is and what to expect if you hire an editor to develop your manuscript. Developmental editing is an intensive form of editing. It is target and tailored to the specific needs of your manuscript and abilities as an author. The editor, and sometimes editors, may act as teachers, ghostwriters, writing coaches, and creative consultants. You should ask your...

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On Editing

Divas On Editing: Content Edit   What is a content edit? A content edit of a manuscript is an edit that focuses strongly on story, plot, inconsistencies, character development, structure, pacing, and flow. Although grammar and punctuation are also part of the process, a large effort is placed on the creative elements instead of the technical ones. The primary goal is to edit with a...

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Manuscript Assessment A manuscript assessment has several names: assessment, critique, analysis, evaluation, etc. But what does it do? It is an editor’s evaluation of a story as a whole. It points out the strengths and weaknesses of a manuscript to help the author find problem areas at an early stage in the writing and polishing process. The assessment looks at several areas that contribute to...

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It’s probably crazy that I’m excited to write about copy editing, but there you have it. I am a total editing geek, and I will mentally edit Facebook posts—my own as well as others’—tweets, blogs articles, books I’m reading… you get the point. I take my editing very personally, and I put everything I have into each manuscript I work on. I have been known to...

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