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