Seven Tips for Self-Editing

One of the most expensive aspects of self-publishing is editing.  Many writers cannot afford to get their work edited, so feel they cannot publish their manuscript. You can self-edit, although it is not for the light-hearted. Proofreading of the final manuscript by a professional would then be the only cost. We have some tips for self-editing which may make the process easier.

  1. Get an alpha reader/mentor. An alpha reader goes through the very rough manuscript and gives you feedback about the idea and structure.
  2. Build relationships with beta readers – these are not family and friends. Beta readers give you comprehensive feedback on a polished copy of the manuscript. There are a lot of questionnaire examples you can utilise with beta readers for additional feedback.
  3. Research common writing mistakes. There is a lot of information online.
  4. Assemble all the feedback from the beta readers. Do not edit the manuscript you gave them until you have all the feedback. If you change the manuscript prior to applying the feedback, it will get very messy.
  5. Once you have all the feedback, make the changes that you agree with. It is important that these changes do not impact the structure of the story. Once this is done you can make any major changes.
  6. Use software such as Grammarly or the Hemmingway App to assist.

  1. Proofread it yourself when you have a clear head. It is best to get a professional to proofread the final manuscript before publishing. There is nothing that jolts a reader out of suspension of disbelief more than a typographical error.

Mary River Press Services provides proofreading services. Feel free to contact us for further information or use our quote calculator to get an idea of prices.

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