• Publishing and Marketing,  Writing

    Careful Self-Editing Could Save $$$$$ — Part 2

    In Part 1 on self-editing and its cost savings, I shared a list of  items to give close attention to before handing off your manuscript to a professional editor. You might think finishing the items on the list means everything is ready for your editor. But wait! There’s more . . . much more you’ll want to do before allowing your editor to take over. After completing a first round of mostly structural self-edits as shown in the list, take a breather from your manuscript. Have coffee, perhaps tea, maybe something stronger. Take a day, a week, or in a writer’s life maybe longer before you look at your manuscript…

  • Publishing and Marketing,  Writing

    Careful Self-Editing Could Save $$$$$ — Part 1

    Currently, self-publishing is a major topic at writing conferences, workshops and on blogs. Although I am not near the point of even beginning to check and edit a first draft, I try to stay aware of all that is happening with self-publishing vs. traditional publishing. Based on my reading, it is my opinion that we all hope self-publishing requires a smaller outlay than traditional publishing. However, that may depend on how well you’ve charted your course through all the necessary avenues before actually publishing your book. One cost which can be controlled by you, the writer, on the front end is the cost of editorial services.  Let me qualify that…