June 2015: Be Fearless - Seek and Heed an Editor

I won a book in a drawing and promised the author I would review it. It is the first book in a trilogy.The book's concept is wonderful. It presented another world where elves and ogres exist. The plot includes a young woman captured from earth by an elf who was betrothed to her at birth. He risks entering the human world because he needs her to avert an uprising in his world. The author's creative mind and the storyline both have great potential. 

My eagerness to read this story was halted by the abrupt changes in point of view, inconsistent verb tenses, run-on sentences, incomplete phrases, grammatical errors, spelling errors, and missing words. These writing errors plague me and many of my colleagues. It is the reason why writers use alpha readers, beta readers, and attend a critique groups. Even though I can write a book in 30 days. It takes me months to clean up my creations.

My heart went out to the author who paid someone to edit her book. She needs to get a refund. Her editor did not serve her well. This jewel of an idea wasn't polished. The lesson for all of us is don't print something if it is not ready.   

As frustrating and hard it is to hear someone else correct spelling, verb tense, misplaced modifiers, point out capitalization needs, and split verbs, a writer must accept a well-recommended editor or proof reader's suggestions. You book reflects you and when you publish it, the world sees you. 

Editors are important to producing the best publishing product. Self-publishing authors need to practice caution when selecting someone to assist them in revisions. Think of your manuscript like your child, perfect until you get that call from his or her teacher, the principal, or the truant officer. 

Yes, it is a great story, but it needs a bit of a revision. The links below direct you to other blog sites discussing what to look for in the editing process and in a freelance editor. Remember editing takes you to the "re-vision" journey.





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