How to Edit your Own Book
As writers, we tend to both apprehend and welcome editing. After all, it is a necessary step in the making of a successful book, especially when we do it ourselves. Therefore, we have useful tips to share with you to help with self-editing and guarantee the success of your book.
First, it is necessary to dedicate a separate time for editing. Editing while writing can seem like a good way to save time but it is not an efficient technique in the long run. It’s always better to give your full attention to editing because it must be a very thorough process.
In addition, it is crucial to focus on the story’s direction. The process of editing involves cutting off and modifying sentences, dialogues, and even scenes. Doing so might be troubling and confusing for the author because some of the favorite parts will have to be removed or modified. Having the big picture of the plot in mind will help staying true to the goal when you have to remodel parts of the story.
Furthermore, you need to eliminate clichés. Editing is more than correcting grammatical errors, it is also about ensuring the coherence of the scenes and the clarity of your sentences. Originality is one of the most powerful components of a successful story. To achieve it, you need to edit your story to present your ideas in a unique way.
Finally, polish the content by adding finishing touches. Now that you are satisfied with the story, you need to do some minor refinements to make sure that the book presents the best it can offer. Some common tasks would include improving the hooks, rewording the main title and the chapter headings, and verifying the consistency of the tone.
We hope the tips we’ve shared with you will help your story stand ready for the professional editors and the targeted audience.
Central Park South Publishing is always delighted to read your manuscript and help you bring out the best from your work.