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The Importance of Self-Editing Posted by Victoria Strauss for Writer Beware In the comments thread of my post last week on the myth of the evil editora reader posted this, in reference to writers who don't want or don't believe they need outside editing: Wouldn't the adage apply: I would turn that around: No writer--especially, no fiction writer--can be completely objective about his or her own work.
We all need an outside eye--not just an editor for the finished book, but input from readers friends, colleagues, a writers' group as the project progresses. But those outside sources of advice and criticism are only part of the editing picture. Just as important I'd actually argue that it's more important is the ability to self-edit--to be able to evaluate pace and structure, to recognize when plot, character, theme, etc.
The more skilled a self-editor you are, the more command you will have over your own writing--which surely should be one of a career writer's major goals. Self-editing, in other words, is an essential aspect of the craft, and any writer who is serious about getting published needs to work hard to learn it--even if they hate it or find it boring, which many writers do.
For me, editing is the best part. This really ought to be a no-brainer. Even so, I encounter a surprising number of usually aspiring writers who don't feel it's all that important you can always hire an editor to clean things up, right?
But how much of a writer are you if you're unwilling or unable to polish your work, or if you have to rely on others to fix all your mistakes--or, worse, if you feel that mastering the basic mechanics of writing, such as grammar and spelling, is just a bagatelle?
Getting the words onto the page is only the beginning. White is supposed to have said, "All good writing is rewriting.
The same way you learn to write: One of the most important aspects of dealing with criticism is learning to recognize what to take on board and what to reject. Much of what I know about self-editing was taught to me by my first editor.
I was a complete novice when she bought my first novel--other than a few short stories, it was the only thing I'd ever written--and from her sensitive, incisive, and exacting criticism I came to understand a tremendous amount about structure, character, and my own weaknesses, such as my tendency to dwell too much on description.
She taught me how to pare down my prose and sharpen my dialog. It's because of her that I learned to recognize--and respect--that nagging uneasy feeling that's usually the first sign that I've fallen into a plot hole, or picked the wrong focus for a scene, or temporarily lost sight of the character.
She and I worked together on three books--the best and most fruitful editorial relationship I've ever had. These days, I share my work with a couple of excellent beta readers, who are not only willing to read my manuscripts-in-progress but to talk about plot or other problems as they come up.
My current agent also gives me editorial input, and then I go through the whole process again with a publishing house editor. I'd never want to put my fiction out in public without the scrutiny of all those extra eyes--but after so many years of writing, I'm a confident enough self-editor that my manuscripts generally just need tweaking, rather than the kind of major overhaul my first novel required.
How did you learn or how are you learning to self-edit? Do you love it or hate it, or is it just a job you know you have to do?Ms. Reid was a board member of the NYC chapter of the Women’s National Book Association and the chair of the program committee for the organization.
Janet Reid Literary Agent is a book agent with New Leaf Literary & Media, Inc. Janet specializes in compelling fiction, particularly crime fiction; and narrative non-fiction. She’s always on the lookout for fabulous projects.5/5(10). Jul 20, · Michelle said Great post. I happened upon it (thanks, Janet Reid!) as I was taking a between chapter break while editing for voice. I love editing. In fact, I get impatient to get the first draft down so I can start "massaging" the MS. Lee Goodman's debut INDEFENSIBLE pitched as "evocative of Scott Turow" to Emily Bestler at Emily Bestler Books, in a very nice deal, for publication in , by Janet Reid at FinePrint Literary Management (world).
She’s also a fun interviewee, so pull up a chair and get to know Janet Reid of FinePrint Literary Management. Dec 06, · Is this a legit publisher? It sure sounds good, especially when you compare $ to how much you can pay for good editing services, legal services, book design, etc. But tread carefully.
Janet Reid said Depending on the services required, I can be had for a stove. And a waffle iron. 12/6/16, PM.
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This small gap in time is the perfect chance for you to synthesize what you learn in the workshop on Saturday, draft your Query , and present that new query to Janet Reid on Sunday for feedback. Feb 24, · Tags: editing services, editor, lists, punctuation, writing lessons Why punctuate lists?
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