7 tips for self-editing your book

My post in this month’s Rhobin’s Rounds focused on line editing. I didn’t even realise I’d missed out on the equally important process of content editing until reading this excellent description by Helena Fairfax.

Helena Fairfax

It’s time for this month’s authors’ Round Robin, and author Robin Courtright has set us another excellent topic…

round robin, helena fairfax, freelance editor

How do you self-edit your books before submitting or publishing?

When I wrote my first novel I knew very little about the editing process. In my naivety, I thought

helena fairfax, freelance editorImage courtesy of Pixabay

editing involved checking for spelling mistakes and picking up on grammatical errors.

I’ve learned a great deal since then, and my ideas about editing have changed completely. Although details are important, people will generally forgive a typo here or there, or the odd time you said ‘which’ when you meant ‘that’. Unless your manuscript is riddled with this type of mistake, minor errors won’t generally make a reader put a book down.

There are some important areas that could easily lose your readers’ interest, though. In order to self-edit, you need to be able to take a step back…

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About Dr Bob Rich

I am a professional grandfather. My main motivation is to transform society to create a sustainable world in which my grandchildren and their grandchildren in perpetuity can have a life, and a life worth living. This means reversing environmental idiocy that's now threatening us with extinction, and replacing culture of greed and conflict with one of compassion and cooperation.
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2 Responses to 7 tips for self-editing your book

  1. Dr Bob Rich says:

    Thank you for the thank you. 🙂

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  2. acflory says:

    I very much enjoyed this one, Bob. Thanks. 🙂

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