Part 1 of Polly’s Self Publishing Professionally series: Editing Your Book

First couple of paragraphs made me cry laughing! Brilliant piece. Looking forward to reading rest in series.

Polly Courtney

‘But my grammar is excellent,’ protested a man in the audience at a recent conference on self-publishing. ‘And my wife proof-reads my books,’ he went on. ‘So why should I hire an editor?’

OK. Deep breath. Here’s the thing. Editing is about so much more than just grammar and typos.

You can get your spelling and punctuation perfect, but if you haven’t had a structural editor ruthlessly tearing your book apart, or a line editor getting it as tight as it possibly can be, you’ll just be polishing a turd. (Sorry.)

As I say in my video, there are four stages to editing and you should do them in this order, because there’s no point in getting the details right if you then go on to change the entire premise of the book.

01 - Editing pic

Structural editing is what most writers find the hardest, because it involves killing your darlings – you…

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