Edits remind me of cod liver oil!

After having two friends give the first section of my work-in-progress a read and edit, I sent it off to my editor. It came back yesterday with a lot less corrections than my earlier books came back with.

Edits are like the cod-liver-oil my mother used to make me take when I was feeling ill. The taste was horrible but the affect was good.

As I’ve mentioned before, there are a lot of books out there these days. E-books and paper books that are made available to writers by Amazon and Amazon’s company CreateSpace.

The difference between a self-published author and an independently published author is professional editing and professional cover design. My two readers are not professional editors. The both are voracious readers of mysteries and know I want honest criticism. I think they enjoy pointing our mistakes in timelines and repeated comments.

You may have a PhD in English but that doesn’t make you an editor or your own work. Kind like an attorney representing him or herself = they have a fool for a client. Same thing goes for a writer depending on his/her ability to edit. It’s also not a good idea to have close family do it either. Of course, there are exceptions to the rule.

Since I had no editor for this blog, I am sure some of you notice errors on my part. I go  over the blog a few times,  including spell check, but errors slip in. I apologise for this, but it’s inevitable!

With a little effort, most anyone can use Amazon or CreateSpace to publish their works and it’s free*. If I can do the layout, etc on both, anyone can. What used to take me weeks to accomplish, I can now do in half a day. While all this is free, I do spend money on a professional editor and cover designer. Remember, the costs are a tax deduction!

Speaking of tax deductions, I will be attending the Dublin Writers Conference this year in Ireland. Dublin, as well as all of Ireland, is a wonderful place for writers. They actually have bookstores and signings! It is the last of June and if you want to know more about it go to: https://smarturl.it/dublinconference. 

I’ve finished my edit corrections, agreeing with most of them. That’s another thing, a writer doesn’t have to agree with the editor, but should work with the suggestions and see if they make the story read better. If not, there’s no law that says a writer has to make the changes. For me, I have a real problem with that and who and with tenses. I know it but write without too much thought of those problems because I know my editor will catch and fix them. Of course, I tell her I do it on purpose to make sure she’s earning her pay!

*CreateSpace does offer paid services to writers for editing, formatting, etc. It’s for those without time, I guess.

One thought on “Edits remind me of cod liver oil!

  1. “I’ve finished my edit corrections, agreeing with most of them. That’s another thing, a writer doesn’t have to agree with the editor, but should work with the suggestions and see if they make the story read better. If not, there’s no law that says a writer has to make the changes.”

    That’s such an accurate and perceptive passage that I felt like repeating it.

    When you read what you’ve written, you don’t read what you’ve written. You read what you think you’ve written. They’re not always the same thing. That’s why you want someone to read it before your final audience reads it, just like Michael’s doing.

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