Outsource Your Editing?

Do you edit yourself or do you get a company to edit for you? I heard that getting friends or family to edit, unless they work in the publishing industry, is a bad move. They like you, so they will like your work and it will be hard to get a realistic critique or a constructive proofread.

If you’re going to edit yourself, you should brush up on your grammar and use a word processing program to help with spelling and word usage. You can also use the software for picking out repetitious words.

You should also stock up on some of these books, which are in my own library:

The Mentor Guide to Punctuation by William C Paxson

Sentence Skills: A workbook for Writers by John Langan & Sharon Winstanley

Edit Yourself by Bruce Ross-Larson

Proofreading Plain & Simple by Debra Hart May

The Elements of Style by Strunk & White

Grammar Smart by The Princeton Review

The Plot Thickens by Noah Lukeman

Conflict, Action & Suspence by William Noble which is part of The Elements of Fiction Writing Series.

If you’re hesitant to edit yourself, you can outsource your work for a nominal fee where you are charged per word count. I am looking into using a company called Ghostwriter Extraordinaire. They provide editing services that range in three different levels of service. You can contact them via email and they provide you with a quote on your writing project. Since I have some background in literature, I decided on looking into their Line Editing service. If you’re interested in finding out more, check their website at Editing Services.

J. Andrew, Writer & Book Reviewer


4 responses to “Outsource Your Editing?

  1. It is the best time to make some plans for the future and it’s time to be happy. I’ve read this post and if I could I desire to suggest you some interesting things or advice. Maybe you could write next articles referring to this article. I wish to read even more things about it!

    • Thank you for your comment. If I decide to choose an editing company for my work, I will write more articles on the subject. I like to try to write from experience so whatever I go through with the company will be one of my topics. Also, if I find more information in my reading resources, I will also be writing more on the subject. Thank you for your input.

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