Here, have a graphic.
I think this is the post I’ve dreaded the most in this whole series. Bear with me as I try to give some insight into how to developmentally edit your own manuscripts.
What Editors and Beta Readers Do
I’ve been nipple-deep (I’m short) in the indie/self-publishing community of authors for over a year now, and most of you make me sad. Have a sit and allow me to explain to you what editors and beta readers are, and what you should expect (and demand) of them.
This is going to take more than one column, FYI.
Pauses that are not Commas: Asides, semicolons, hyphens, em-dashes, and en-dashes
Before I get to the column on the three types of editing and how to actually use publishing principles in self-publishing, there is one other grammar pet peeve I need to address so I don’t hate myself for leaving you in the dark. It’s about what those bigass letters say directly above this.
HOT WIFE LYSSA’S CONFESSIONS Bundle
Again, it’s actually an omnibus, but I’ll give up on that someday. Though at the size of modern ebooks, ‘collection’ is more accurate.
Yes, it’s all of the first 4 books together for less than they cost individually.
I also fixed a few little things that never should have made it into the original publications (my apologies—I’m getting my system down so those editorial mishaps don’t occur as often), and made a little tweak here and there, sort of an easter egg for Lyssa fans. 🙂 Can you catch them all?
Get it here: http://j.mp/lyssab1
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How I Deal With Writer’s Block
You couldn’t possibly have already read my afterword in the new Lyssa (#4), but if you have—I mean, when you DO, because of course you all gobble up every word I give you—you would know that I read quite a few books by Piers Anthony when I was a teenager. And yes, cynics and critics, I know he has a reputation as kind of a…let’s just say possibly a hint of the dirty old man and a kind of, shall we say, overproducing writer (but I still like the ones I like!)—and that this probably explains a lot about how I’m still kind of stuck in late 80’s/early 90’s teenage level sexuality. Regardless, the biggest thing I learned from him was a method for dealing with writer’s block.
You can’t tell, but she just read a ‘your’ which should’ve been ‘you’re’ and she wants to stab you in the ear with a knitting needle.
Grammar Post #2
(the first was about commas)
There are so many of these kind of posts out there that it’s shameful, but every fucking day I see people doing it wrong. I read it in submissions from people who should know better (at my “day job,” not with my Callie Press friends—they don’t even write the things, either I do or we do it together). But listen, it’s simple. I hope to explain these in the simplest way ever so it sticks. Ready? Read:
The sentence is ‘Fuck, that made me hot.’ Of course it got grammar flagged.
When will Word know better? But it’s a good lesson in how commas can change meaning!