Professional book editor in the UK gives step-by-step process to self-editing your manuscript!
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 of your manuscript, 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 before handing it over to a professional book editor? What if you turn it into even more of a mess than before you started? What if you end up editing it 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 likely overload your brain with too much to focus on, and you'll likely 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 more work and stress when it's really unnecessary?
So, with all that being said, let's start with section one.