Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Rave Reviews Spotlight Author Blog Tour for April Adams



Editing is Vital and a Privilege

I offer editing services. Really, it’s a whole manuscript critique and plot hash-out with proof-reading services rolled in. Editing is expensive as a rule, but I offer a pay-as-you-go plan to help indies. Go to www.writerapriladams.com if you’re interested. I’ve seen too many could-be-good books fall short because of obvious problems.

Some books read like a first or second draft. An editor (or a little hard work and research) could have avoided that. I also see crazy/lazy things like “all of the sudden” instead of “all of a sudden” or “for all intensive purposes” instead of “for all intents and purposes.” You may not think those are important, but when I see that an author didn’t even take the time to use language correctly, my opinion goes down a notch. Using “set” instead of “sit” is another big one.

Not everybody wants to do that kind of work themselves. It’s a lot, but it’s absolutely necessary. If you want to just write and hone the story, fine. Make sure you hire someone knowledgeable to polish your work and make it readable. What you wrote may not be what the reader understands. That’s a major communication failure. Things like that may not be entirely unavoidable, but letting someone critique your work honestly will reveal many things that an author, being so close to the work, will not ever be able to see.

It’s a privilege to help make a good book better. It’s a joy when an author appreciates the process and allows it to do all that it can. There are so many talented authors out there! Don’t sell yourself short by not doing all that you can to make your book the very best that it can be. You owe it to yourself and to your readers. We are up against main-stream published authors who have several editorial processes, major financial backing, PR, and book signings written into their contract. We must all endeavor to give indie publishing a classy and professional image.  So, edit, edit, edit! Or hire me. :) 




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  2. I agree, April. Poorly edited books give self-published authors a bad rep. Thanks for hosting, Carol.

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  3. Enjoyed reading your article about editing! Good luck with everything and congrats on being Spotlight Author!
    You site is great Carol!

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  4. lol.... Speaking of editing....

    YOUR site is great Carol.

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    1. Thank you! I am glad you like the site. :)

      Carol

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  5. It's so true. We are so close to our own works that we miss all those things that should be easily caught (myself included), and then you are in such a hurry to get the book out there for the world to read, that you don't take the time to make it as good as you can. I've found having a dedicated critique group is a wonderful thing. They read your book from start to finish and offer suggestions to make it better. But even with such a group, many editing problems get missed because they are looking at the story itself, not the individual words. So critiques and editing are both equally important. Now I know who to send people to when they ask. :)

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  6. Good reasons to have an editor. Nice post, April. Thanks for hosting Carol.

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  7. Good reasons to have an editor. Nice post, April. Thanks for hosting Carol.

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  8. Never but never attempt to edit or proof read your own stuff! Your brain knows what it wrote and your eyes automatically sees it all, but your fingers more often than not do something very odd instead... really sage advice April :-D

    Thanks for having us by Carol :-)

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  9. You are right April, editing can do and undo a book, but you will agree with me. It can never make a bad book, good. :) Thank you Carol for hosting.

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  10. Another great post, April. I am enjoying following you around on tour, and hope you're having a great Spotlight week! :)
    Carol, thanks so much for hosting April today :)

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  11. I am thoroughly enjoying your "SPOTLIGHT" Week, April. I hope you are, as well!! Carol, thank you for hosting April!!!

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  12. Thanks to everyone who took time to comment on April Adams' great blog tour post. And a big thank you to April for being here and sharing that great post.

    Carol

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  13. Carol, I love visiting your blog and I'm sorry it took me so long to come read April's post.
    April, your posts get better and better. Thanks!

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