Self-editing is an important stage in a book’s development—and a valuable learning experience for authors responsible for the quality of their own books. Here’s why.
Conventional wisdom for selecting beta readers is to choose people who can give you honest, objective feedback, which typically excludes close family and friends. But sometimes the best feedback comes from the person who knows you the best.
So, I don’t know how to change Word’s default language to Klingon or turn my computer into an orbital station. But I do know there’s a lot hidden beneath the surface of Microsoft Word that I’ve found handy in my own writing and editing.
In a world of verbal texting and mortifying autocorrects, it shouldn’t come as a surprise that any editing software’s spelling and grammar suggestions might (gasp) not always be 100% accurate. But that doesn’t stop lots of authors from treating these suggestions as gospel. On the one hand, I completely understand. After all, this is Microsoft Word, pretty much the Holy Grail of the publishing world. (For editors anyway, until Scrivener offers that nice, beefy track Track Changes option that’s going to solve all my problems. But I digress, and I will save the rant about editing technology for another post.)Read More
A few months ago, I noticed that Audible doesn’t always include a book’s position in a series. How did I notice? Good question. I’d heard wonderful things about Margaret Atwood’s recent trilogy, so I downloaded MaddAddam to check it out for myself. I was absolutely spellbound, not just because of the story, but because of how richly woven her backstory was. And every time I found myself wanting her to elaborate on something, she did. Turns out MaddAddam is the third book of the series. :D Ordinarily, this rookie mistake would have infuriated me. (It infuriated my husband, who’d given upRead More