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Today, let's look at things you should do as you edit your own writing prior to sending it off to your Copy Editor.
The much dreaded proofing and editing your own manuscript.
—Editing should be done after revisions in the story are made.
—Take a close-up view of individual sentences and words.
—check for the overuse of words. Have you used the same word too many times in the same sentence or paragraph?
—Rewrite sentences for clarity to make your thoughts clear to the reader.
—Stay consistent in your use of Past, Present, and Future tense.
—Are your words spelled correctly? Don't rely only on your spell-checker. It won't catch everything.
—HOWEVER, please use your spell-checker. It will tell you if you misspell many words. (Too many authors are not doing this. Turn it ON. Use it. It's important.)
—Do a search for words like your/you're and their/there/they're.
Even though you have hired a Copy Editor, these are things you as the author should do before sending your MS to them. Your Copy Editor will look for many of these things, too. However, if there are an overabundance of errors, things will be missed—even by the best Copy Editor.
Copy Editors do not set out to rewrite your story. They are looking to make what you have written grammatically correct. They are polishing your story. Clearing the smoke, so to speak. You as the author should make your story as strong as possible before sending it off for final edits.
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