Sunday, April 1, 2018

A = All the Best Books Have Been Edited

Welcome, A to Z bloggers, visitors, and of course all my faithful regular readers! This year's theme for my A to Z:
Short & Sweet Reasons Why You Need an Editor

So without further ado . . .

All the best books have been edited. Seriously. Of Mice and Men? Edited. Little House in the Big Woods? Edited. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone, Artemis Fowl, Pride and Prejudice? Edited edited edited.

Basically, there's no getting around it. If your book is edited well, it stands a much better chance of making you rich and famous—or perhaps simply getting your ideas across clearly. Quality of the writing also counts, of course, but this post is to convince you to hire an editor, so we'll talk about your writing another time.

The Time Traveler's Wife . . . edited . . . The Help . . . edited . . . To Kill a Mockingbird . . . edited . . . The Little Prince . . . edited . . . The Hobbit . . . edited . . . The Hiding Place . . . edited . . . 

12 comments:

  1. And you can tell when they haven't been edited.

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    1. Absolutely, yes, you can!Thanks for being my first A to Z commenter this year, Alex! And happy Easter!

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  2. Hi Lynda - great post ... and yes 'we' all need editing ... I still find horrors occasionally on mine and elsewhere ... but editing I can believe is essential - cheers Hilary

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    1. We all certainly do! Don't leave home without it.

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  3. I've lost count of the number of self-pubs I've had to give up reading. Writing is talent and crafting, and practise, but you can easily learn grammar and punctuation from books. However, no-one can edit themselves - you see what you expect to see. So agree! Liz http://www.poetryroundabout.com

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    1. I work mostly with self-pubs and thankfully, most of them have been excellent writers who take their craft seriously. The bad ones, however . . . it's so difficult to make someone understand that they have so much more to learn before they should publish. And self-editing? You're right: we all see what we think is supposed to be there. Thanks for the visit!

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  4. Had to chuckle at "all the best books have been edited." You don't have to convince me editors are needed. Eventhough I may think I'm perfect, I'm not. LOL
    www.easyreaderediting.com

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    1. Ha! I figured I'd keep it short and sweet and snarky. When I did the A to Z in 2014, I gave genuine advice, and figured I'd just go the fun route this time with common sense that may not be so common. Thanks for the visit! I'm a word nerd, too, so I'm looking forward to your A to Z posts.

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  5. I agree with Hilary above.You can tell when they haven't been edited.

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    1. It's so obvious to everyone but the writer sometimes. I have run into some people who simply won't listen to advice, and as a result, they'll never improve.

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  6. Well, here I am, catching up on four days' worth of A to Z posts, from seven or eight different bloggers!

    Good point, but of course, you're preaching to the choir here! I wonder what The Hobbit would have looked like without an editor. With a book that length, just typos alone would have probably been in the dozens.

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    1. I can only imagine . . . Frodo, or Fredo, or Frito. I've edited for authors who misspell their own characters' names with regularity. Sometimes the dual spellings are done in equal amounts, so I can't even tell which one should be the correct one.

      I'm impressed that you're catching up on everyone at once. You have my admiration. I've found a few new-to-me bloggers I've enjoyed all four days so far, so I may end up with some new people to follow. I have a feeling I'm going to end up going through the list of people far beyond April.

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