Professional book editor in the UK provides helpful checklists that will make any writer's self-editing process significantly easier!
If you're writing a novel with the hope of getting it published, the self-editing stage will become an inevitable part of the process. I'm sure there's no way you'll be willing to query or publish a first draft, and even if you were, you wouldn't get very far, so I'm 100% certain that you'll carry out at least one round of self-editing.
However, you're a writer because you love to write and tell stories, right? So how the heck do you edit the damn book yourself? What if it becomes even messier than before you started? What if you end up editing over and over again with no visible improvement?
I hear you, and with a saturated market that makes it almost impossible to stand out as an author, especially a new one, I understand your worries. Plus, we're all so busy these days with our 9-5 jobs, education, families and commitments, so how is anyone supposed to self-edit thousands of words quickly but effectively?
Well, here's the trick - you divide the self-editing process into three sections.
Section 1: Developmental Editing.
Section 2: Line/Copy Editing.
Section 3: Proofreading.
You may initially think that splitting the self-editing process into three parts will take you even longer than if you cram each type of editing into one round, but if you try to do it all at once, you'll overload your brain with too much to focus on, and you'll miss parts that may need special attention.
As a result, you'll end up wasting your time.
Besides, why would you want to give yourself unnecessary work and stress?
So, with all that being said, let's start with section one.