8 Tips for Editing a Manuscript

KISS (Keep It Simple Scribbler) tips worth following 😀


Cindy's Notebook

A writer/author should make the manuscript the best it can be before sending it to the publisher.  This goes for both traditional published authors and for Indie authors.

How can you make it the best possible?

  • Proofread.
  • Proofread backwards.  Start with the last word of the book to the front.  This will help catch typos that Spell Check does not catch, such as “there” vs. “their.”
  • Have someone else proofread.  Another set of eyes will help catch things you may not.
  • Ask Beta Readers to read your work and give you feedback.
  • Try “Grammarly” at grammarly dot com.  It is free and boast “Grammarly makes you a better writer by finding and correcting up to 10x more mistakes than your word processor.”  Give it a try.  It can’t hurt.
  • If you can financially afford to do so, hire an editor.

If you cannot afford to hire an editor, read your…

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2 thoughts on “8 Tips for Editing a Manuscript

  1. Re: Grammarly, “Give it a try. It can’t hurt.”

    Yes, it can. Grammarly, along with any other self-editing tool, can hurt your writing if you don’t use it judiciously. You need to know whether the things it is tagging are really wrong. Only then can you make the decision whether to delete/change those things or not. Following every suggestion blindly will box your writing into a cookie-cutter shape, with little or no flair, style, or authentic author voice. 🙂

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    • I normally (but omitted to in this case) advise that the use of ANY programme for checking your written works, should NOT be the ONLY thing you do, plus, it should be used with caution – remember how often autocorrect has screwed up your words?

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