Stacy is pretty much spot on with the steps an author needs to take before giving it to an editor. One caveat, leave 1-2 readers (people who haven’t read your story) for after you’ve printed the proof. No matter the editor or proofer, mistakes will still sneak through. The more DIFFERENT people who read your story before you publish, the better! But they must be people who read and it helps if they read your genre!
Woo Hoo! You’ve finished the first draft of your future Amazon top one million books. You might think the next step is to send that gem to an editor for a spit polish, but you’d be wrong, so very wrong. Editors aren’t miracle workers. They can’t refine a rough draft and most first drafts are hot messes. So, back that flaming mass of words up because the fun has just begun. Here’s what to do after typing “The End” on a first draft.
Set your story aside for a few days or even a month or two. Before you start self-editing, you need to look at your work with a fresh perspective which will only come after being away from it for a while.
Run spell check. This may seem obvious, but it’s easy to forget. Spell check isn’t perfect, but it will catch many basic mistakes.
Check the overall…
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