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Last week, I spoke about the importance of getting the basics right. This week we are going to focus on editing, and in particular self-editing.

One of the more common criticisms self-publishers receive is with regard to editing (or proofing, which is part of the editorial process).

Sometimes the criticisms are misplaced, with readers confusing British English with a typo, or a stylistic choice (like whether to use the Oxford comma) with a rule. But oftentimes,  readers’ comments are on the mark.

Equally often, readers find flaws with the story that could have been addressed with a more rigorous edit. For example, if your readers felt nothing when a character died, perhaps you should have done more to establish an emotional connection. An editor could have pointed this out in advance, and suggested ways to resolve it.

This week, I have a series of guest posts from experienced editors who…

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