CAUSATUM – Off to the Editor

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Update – The name this novel will be published as is From Thine Own Well

Sending a manuscript off to the editor is similar to hiring a maid to clean your house. That is, many of us, me included, want to clean everything as much as possible so the person coming in won’t be facing a mess that would embarrass us.

I have just spent the past two weeks sending my novel, CAUSATUM: The Agreement, out to first readers and then rewriting, editing and proofreading until my fingers are raw and my eyes bleeding – all in preparation to sending it to an editor who will, no doubt, send it back with more work to be done.

The purpose of having the manuscript edited and proofread is to make the reader’s experience as close to perfect as possible. No book should be published without proper editing and proofreading.

As I stated in a previous post, “The one drawback I notice, in far too many self-published novels, is that the copy-editing and proofreading, or rather the lack of them, causes the books to present as something less than professional.”

Far too many authors believe they can edit and proofread their own writing, however as shown in the previous article, it is not a good idea.

I do not want to be one of them, so off to the editor it goes.

Norm

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