By: Corina Koch Macleod and Carla Douglas
You’ve written a book, and it’s time to send it to your editor.
Or is it?
That depends on how much work you want your editor to do. It may also depend on how deep your pockets are!
What if we told you that there are some things you can do yourself, and that by doing them, you’ll learn a lot about writing and save on editing costs?
Below are four things you can do to get your book manuscript ready for your editor. Some of these tasks are on our list of editing pet peeves, mostly because they’re not the best use of an editor’s time. All are within reach of a writer’s abilities.
Some of the suggestions described below apply to nonfiction writers only. If you write fiction, you get a free pass on
Note: The list below assumes that you’ve already addressed big-picture items in your book, such as content, structure, plot, pacing, and any characterization issues.
1. Assess Your Manuscript
Before you attempt any of the tasks we suggest below, you’ll need to get a general sense of what your book needs and what you can reasonably do to help your editor. Two things can help you see your book through an editor’s eyes: revision tools and a style guide.
- Run Revision Tools
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