How To Self-Edit Your Novel Before Investing in a Professional Editor
You've written your first draft, congrats! So what's next? The gruesome task of editing. -insert sarcastic "yay" here-
Many writers and authors can attest how hard and time consuming the editing stage can be. It's especially challenging if you yourself aren't naturally inclined to the art of proper spelling, grammar, and punctuation.
It is also hard to find a reputable, skilled editor that doesn't break the bank. But if you plan to self-publish, proper editors are vital and if you want someone good, you gotta pay the big bucks!
However, If you're like me and have an husband who also doubles as a beta reader and editor, this can be a huge life saver. I am one of those writers who is horrific at grammar, and Shane has no short supply of witty remarks toward my incorrect word usage and unnecessary dialogue filler. He often leaves hilarious constructive notes in my manuscripts, like this one:
Even though I will never be the editor extraordinaire he is, I have certainly learned a lot and can now do a bit of self-editing own my own before handing it over!
* Side note * - even though Shane is an excellent developmental, copy, line and proof editor, I still plan to invest in a professional editor who specializes in romance genre so I can ensure my manuscript is in tip top shape prior to publishing.
Learning a few tricks and tips on editing can really help minimize the time and money you'll spend on a professional editor, so with that, I thought I'd share the top simple self-editing tips I utilize when editing my novels.