Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Another Pair of Eyes

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: 

Kathy Ide:

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. 




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2 thoughts on “Another Pair of Eyes

  1. Mary Ann, you are SO right! Even if you can’t afford to hire a freelance editor, get a writing partner or join a writing group.

    Read your manuscript out loud or have someone read it to you.

    Print it out and read through it. You’ll find all sorts of mistakes, repeated words or awkward sentences. It’s easier to read on paper than on a computer screen.

    Fresh eyes/another pair of eyes are the most important thing to have before you submit anything.

    May 27, 2009 at 8:28 AM

  2. Thanks for the great tips, MaryAnn! I will have to try reading my work backward. One thing that I have found useful is to read my work aloud; it helps catch mistakes and awkward spots. Have a blessed day!

    May 27, 2009 at 8:28 AM