Prompt #11 – Editing process

Describing the editing process

The eleventh prompt for the Author Blog Challenge is:

Describe your editing process. Who edited your book? What was your relationship with your editor like? What could each of you have done to improve it? What might you do differently in the future?

For the most part, I’m still writing the first drafts of my books! However, I am editing some of them.

The first thing I do with my manuscripts is print them out. I find the editing process much easier if I’m not sitting at my computer. Generally a change of scenery helps too. I’ll sit on a different chair, take the print out to work in my lunch break, go to a local cafe, or something else.

I will sit down with a sharp grey lead pencil and read through my manuscript, making any notes as a I go. The next step is to read the words out loud. This often picks up anything that sounds awkward. With my chapter books and picture books, this is especially important as I want parents and children to be able to read them out loud to each other. If I say something that is different than what is written, I will write it down.

Another thing this picks up is something I may have missed. For example, in my Jimmy James chapter book, I mentioned a treasure chest at the end of the story, and needed to add it in at the start of story as one of his birthday gifts to make it a bit more important…

I then go back to the computer and add in any of the changes I have made. Once I have done this, I will sit on it for a while, and then the process may begin again.

The other thing I have started doing is getting professional editors to critique my manuscript. This has given a wonderful perspective. It is important to choose the right editor to give feedback, and one thing I have learned is that if you are using an overseas based editor, include some information about where you are from and the language, or version of English, you write in. I have found some issues with Aussie vs US English!

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