The Limitations of Editing and the Benefits of Multiple Passes
As I pass the one-year mark of operating BD Editing on a full-time basis, I’ve learned a lot. I’ve become a much better editor, but more importantly, a year of working with indie authors and editing dozens of books has made me aware of the limitations of editing. No editing is perfect, as we’ve all heard (or seen by reading Jurassic Park), but there are ways to get it close to perfect, and that’s with multiple editing passes, ideally by more than one set of eyes.
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The Pros of Simple Prose
Lately, I’ve been working with several authors who’ve come to me after receiving feedback about bad “grammar” in their books or reviews citing difficult, clunky prose. I’ll rant and rave about the public’s misunderstanding of grammar some other time, but here I want to make a case for why you should keep the language (not the themes or plot) in your book simple.
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Do You Need a Proofread?
I see this discussion a lot on message boards like Reddit and Kboards: if your manuscript has been copy edited, do you need to get it proofread, too? The short answer is yes, most likely. I’m an enormous advocate of doing two or more editing passes. In this post, I’ll outline why.
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How Bad Are Adverbs Really?
The advice that writers should never use adverbs gets thrown around a lot. Every couple of days I see a post about this so-called “rule” on /r/writing, and the responses are always the same: “But I like adverbs!” Adverbs aren’t inherently bad, but they can make for weak and uninteresting writing. In this post, I’m going to talk specifically about adverbs as they pertain to describing emotions.
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Why I started using Grammarly
I used to cry out against Grammarly and similar “proofreading” software. I argued that these programs were no substitute for proper editing. While I still support that assertion, I’ve come around on Grammarly and now incorporate it into my editing work.
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