In all of my writing years, there has been nothing so thrilling to me as writing “THE END” to my first novel, Sicilian Sunrise. I experienced this great joy a couple of weeks ago and am praising the Lord for bringing me to this point. For truly, it was only by His power and grace that I was able to write this book.
Sicilian Sunrise is the first in a trilogy called The Italian Chronicles. Now that I’ve finished my novel, it’s time to edit it. And this is a job I do not leave to my eyes alone. I’ve hired two editors – a content editor and a line editor – to help me polish my work.
Having someone look at your work – whether another professional or a friend who is savvy in writing – makes good writing sense and helps sharpen your skills. Because we writers are so close to our writing, we can miss egregious mistakes even though we have proofread multiple times.
One technique I use when proofreading my own work is to read it backwards. This technique will cause mistakes to jump out at you in a way they often do not when you are reading the work in normal order.
There are several editing services available to writers today. Here are three excellent ones that do general editing:
Susan Titus Osborn:
Pam Halter (Our Very Own!) Pam edits only children’s material.)
Whether you hire an editor or ask a writer friend for help, be sure that you edit your work before submitting it. Remember the well-worn but true saying: Writing is re-writing.