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Do You Really Need a Proofread After a Copy Edit?

  • Do You Really Need a Proofread After a Copy Edit? Do You Really Need a Proofread After a Copy Edit?

    Do You Really Need a Proofread After a Copy Edit?

You’ve just completed a copy edit. But do you really need a proofread? Most authors recognize that copyediting is an essential step in the overall editorial process. There’s no better way to catch those pesky technical errors (spelling, punctuation, and grammar), as well as checking sentence structure and word usage. After this process is complete, it is almost always recommended for the manuscript to go through a professional proofread. Yet, many authors, especially after a […]

You’ve Just Completed a Copy Edit. But Do You Really Need a Proofread?

  • You’ve Just Completed a Copy Edit. But Do You Really Need a Proofread? You’ve Just Completed a Copy Edit. But Do You Really Need a Proofread?

    You’ve Just Completed a Copy Edit. But Do You Really Need a Proofread?

Most authors recognize that copy editing is an essential step in the overall editorial process. There’s no better way to catch those pesky technical errors (spelling, punctuation, and grammar), as well as checking sentence structure and word usage. After this process is complete, it is almost always recommended for the manuscript to go through a professional proofread. Yet, many authors, especially after a few rounds of comprehensive (and exhausting) editing, balk at the suggestion, believing […]

Back Cover Copy – Great Copy for Your Backside

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    Back Cover Copy – Great Copy for Your Backside

So you’ve painstakingly gone through your manuscript several times, been through a few rounds of professional editing and proofreading, and working with a graphic designer to develop the perfect cover. Then one day, just when you thought that the work was nearly complete, your designer asks you for the back cover copy. Uh oh… you didn’t forget about your book’s backside, did you? Back cover copy is one of your book’s most important selling features. It’s […]

Learning to Trust that Ruthless Editor

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    Learning to Trust that Ruthless Editor Learning to Trust that Ruthless Editor

    Learning to Trust that Ruthless Editor

I like my editors ruthless. They get paid to pick my work apart without softening the blows. I want salt, not sugar. As a novelist myself, I went through several drafts of my second novel before it was published. And that’s all thanks to my editors, whose criticisms at times were nothing short of scathing. But that’s not necessarily a sign of bad writing. More so, it suggests a great editor. My novel went to […]