Thursday, March 12, 2009

Ready To Publish Friday - Editing

Ready To Publish Friday is bringing you another helpful article found on the net. Hope you enjoy!

Editing Made Easy

by Lee Masterson

So you've finally done it. You've finished your prized manuscript - the one you've spent months creating - and the temptation to pop it into a postal package and ship it off to a welcoming editor is tugging at you mercilessly.

I urge you to resist that temptation. For now, anyway.

After spending so much of your time and effort in producing what you have so far, it would seem a shame to rush things at this crucial stage in your manuscript's life. Once the first draft is done, almost every writer realizes that an edit or partial rewrite is going to be a necessary task.

There are almost as many different ways to edit and rewrite as there are writers. Some prefer to edit as they go. There are those who prefer to chop and change storylines midway through the creation process. Others seem to race through the first draft and spend time polishing it up once they're done. I'm one of the latter.

It makes no difference which technique you prefer, as long as it works for you. The point is to end up with a professional manuscript which an editor will hopefully buy.

So let's take a look at 12 polishing techniques that could mean the difference between a sale and a rejection.

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1 comment:

  1. Nice article. Thanks for sharing!

    My secret weapon for editing is the AutoCrit Editing Wizard. It's a genius for identifying the areas of my manuscript which need work :-)



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