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Manuscript: How Rough Is Too Rough?

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After months or even years of writing your book, you finally have a finished manuscript. Or do you? Whether you’re sending out your manuscript for publisher review or planning on self-publishing, make sure you take the time to prepare your manuscript. There are a few things you can focus on when preparing your manuscript for the publishing process.

Take your time.

Writing your book can seem like a long drawn out process, but you want your first reader, whether that is an editor, mentor, or friend, to enjoy reading it. ALWAYS have someone read your work before sending it into the world. After rereading and rewriting your work, your brain is more likely to input words that are missing from the rough draft. Don’t rush this reading and rewriting process because constructive criticism should always be a welcomed tool, whether traditional or self-publishing.

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Grammar Chic, Inc: The Growing World of Self-Publishing

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Originally Posted On Melodika.Net

There is little doubt in the minds of most publishing professionals that the industry, as a whole, has undergone some significant changes in recent years. The world of self-publishing was once thought of as an avenue for would-be authors who had nowhere else to go, and indeed, up until recently, the majority of the powers-that-be within traditional channels largely agreed with this theory. However, times are changing and many pros concur that self-publishing is no longer the taboo that it was once considered. In turn, many author services companies, such as Grammar Chic, Inc., owned and operated by Amanda E. Clark, are flourishing, as self-published authors look to professional publishing organizations for help with editing, proofreading, cover design and other important services usually handled by the publishing umbrella in traditional contracts.

In a recent article, Smashwords Founder Mark Coker made his 2013 Book Publishing Industry Predictions…

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Posted by on January 2, 2013 in Self Publishing


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The Editing Process

I think I’m beginning to know where to start now. How about you?

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To continue with the theme of editing this month I came across an excellent video on YouTube where writer David Farland gives a talk that describes his editing process.

Farland breaks his editing down into 6 separate processes/types of edit:

1. Triage
2. Voice Edit
3. Descriptive Edit
4. Shotgun
5. Syllabic
6. Line Edit

It’s a very interesting talk, and yes, it is long. So grab a coffee, your notebook and pen and enjoy. A lot of what he said made total sense to me, although the idea of editing my MS 6 times is a little daunting! Lol

I think I’m beginning to know where to start now. How about you?

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Posted by on December 27, 2012 in writing


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My Editing Plan for the New Year

Come January, I’ll be getting stuck in to my edits. I’ll also be blogging my editing journey as I go along, and sharing what works for me and what doesn’t (and probably asking you to hold my hand when I send my manuscript off to my editor).


Stacey J. Mitchell

Editing. I know it has to be done, but until recently, I didn’t have a clue where to start! As you may know, I’m a novice when it comes to novel writing anyway, and after many false starts only completed my first first draft a few months ago.

So I decided that first of all, I needed to learn more, and I’ve done a lot of research into how various novelists go about the editing process. (Thank goodness for the internet and blogs, enabling me to get my hands on a lot of information very easily and quickly!)

Based on my research I have come up with the following plan for the editing process:

1. Big picture edit

For this, I have converted my novel into a Kindle file and am going to read it through quite quickly, making rough notes on any major plot issues, glaring omissions and…

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