The editor that I hired for my book was Kelly Hopkins. I can’t stress enough the importance of having a professional editor.
A true editor is going to turn your manuscript into a beautiful piece of work. Now, my book flows smoothly in such a way that it hadn't before.
Prior to editing, my manuscript had been revised many times, but it still wasn’t the best it could be. Being an indie author means that I have to make sure my books are up to par with the others on the market, better even. If it’s not edited well, the reader won’t stay fully engaged with the story.
What does an editor do?
When my editor sent back my manuscript, there were nearly 3000 errors. Woah, that’s a lot! And that showed me how important it was that I had hired her. Along with the manuscript, she emailed me a six page editorial letter. In this letter, she went into detail of her overall view of the book, as well as:
What are crutch words?
Crutch words are any words that the writer uses too often. The kinds of words that stick out if used too much, such as certain adjectives, verbs, adverbs, ect. The crutch words that I had used too often were:
3 Points of Interest
Three things that stood out to me that required fixing (besides everything mentioned above) were scenes that needed more research.
Polished Manuscript. Now what?
After I fixed all the errors, added in the details to certain scenes, and went forward with the rest of my editor’s suggestions, my book was polished. I read it two or three more times, then sent it to proofreaders.
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Writing Tip: For a list of common crutch words, click here.
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