Proofreading is more than a manual spell-check. This is the last stage of editing prior to publication. It's vital not to leave this stage to chance. It allows you to look for colour variations, layout issues, spacing, typeface consistency, missing items, tense and tone errors, content errors, inconsistent capitalisation, that page numbers are correct, and other formatting problems.
The point is that while we expect to get our money's worth out of a service, a healthy business relationship is a two-way street. In light of this, here are a few things to bear in mind in order to not be 'that' customer.
A good editor, treated well could last your entire writing career. Treat them badly and you could end up with a long list of people who simply will not work with you.
Writing should not be a chore we have to force yourself to do no matter what. If it is, then you are doing it wrong.
"Using the outline to figure out the technicalities of your plot gives you the freedom to deeply explore your characters, settings and themes in intimate detail in your first draft." - K. Weiland | Outlining your Novel: Map your Way to Success - By using brief bullet lists to sketch out the order in which … Continue reading Outlining the obvious.
Writer's First Rule. People pay you for your work. Not the other way around. If someone asks you to pay money, ANY money, in order represent your work you need to do several things: Tell them you are no longer interested Block their number Add their email to your 'blocked senders' list Preditors & Editors was … Continue reading Keeping the red flags flying (so you don’t get conned)
We know when something comes out flat. It feels trite or contrived as if it could really be done away with. Being vague has the same effect. If that information is important then the 'seemed to', estimations, and approximations need to go. Your author voice will come through the stronger for it.
The advice in this post is just so marvellous I have just purchased her book on story structure and the accompanying workbook. Ms Weiland offers succinct advice not only on what to avoid, as well as why to avoid it and what it does to your narrative. I honestly could not have put it better. Rather … Continue reading Most Common Writing Mistakes, Pt. 40: Unnecessary Scenes| Kim Weiland
Write as though someone who knows the rules will be reading your work. A good editor will pick these bad habits, and they are bad habits, up and call you out on them. It might be an idea to throw a few deliberate errors into your sample edit pages just to see if they spot them. If they do not bring them up, that should be an alarm.
Choosing an editor is not easy. The good ones have fees that could choke a horse. However, they are GOOD editors, so the fees they charge are worth it. If you can afford those fees. Unfortunately, many Indie authors just can't break out that kind of cash. Enter the rip off artists. They come in … Continue reading More about choosing an editor.