Tips and Tricks from the Editor

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Tip of the Day: New professional editors are good editors too.

A good professional editor is worth every penny that you pay them. They can save you from that embarrassing mistake of sending Jack down the road to “sale” the cow. However, don’t be afraid to work with the new editor that is still getting their feet wet. Editors need experience in particular areas so they can market themselves accordingly. Many new editors will give you a great rate, but they should also be honest and upfront about their experience. If in doubt, ask for a sample edit. If they do charge for this, it should be a nominal fee, often […]

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Tip of the Day: Writing is like art — filled with subjective opinions.

It’s often difficult to remember that writing is actually just another form of art. There is a reason it’s called creative writing. What one person loves, another will hate. The writers that try to please everyone will drive themselves crazy in the attempt. But this subjectivity goes for the professionals in the industry too. Just because an agent/publisher has turned down your beloved manuscript doesn’t necessarily mean that there is anything wrong with your manuscript. It just means that they weren’t as passionate about it as you are and hence didn’t feel that they could best represent that story. One should always remember this in any dealings about your manuscript. At the end of the day, there is only one person that you need to make 100% happy with what you have written: yourself. Your name is attached to that story. Make it a story that you’re proud of.

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Tip of the Day: Have a marketing strategy for your book.

Whether you are self-publishing or traditionally publishing, you need a marketing strategy for your book. It’s not good enough to just post your book on Amazon and expect people to buy it. The “build it and they will come” philosophy only works for Kevin Costner. The exact strategy that you use will depend on your personality and goals. There is only one wrong answer: doing nothing.

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Tip of the Day: Get involved in the writing community

Writing can be incredibly isolating.  Let’s face it, family and friends will nod and smile sweetly, humoring our writing aspirations, but unless they are writers themselves, they will never understand the obsession that writing is. It is vital for your development as a writer to find other writers. Search for local writing groups. Join on-line networks. Participate in Twitter events like #PitchWars. Trust me, you won’t regret it.

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Tip of the Day: There is a BIG difference between professional and self-editing.

Self-editing is always an attractive option to the financial purse strings. However, professional editing is always preferred. A professional editor has no emotional attachment to your writing. Hence, they are likely to pick up things that you would have completely missed otherwise. However, before you hire a professional editor, ensure that you are hiring the right editor for the job — don’t hire a copyeditor for developmental editing, and vice versa.

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Trick from the Editor’s Hat: A List of Crutch Words

While writing, we often have a list of words that we’ll fall back on when we can’t think of another word to write. Sometimes, we don’t even realise that we’re doing it. It’s not until our critique partners, beta readers, or editors point it out to us that we see the repetitive word glaring at us.

“How could I have missed that? It’s as obvious as the nose on my face.”

Well, it’s quite easy to miss things when you don’t know that they’re a problem. However, the solution is surprisingly simple.

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