This is the last installment for editing tips for now. If and when I revamp my process, I will probably update this like I’ve been doing with my writing processes, but for now, this is the end.
Advanced Reader and Editor notes: compare what they have to say and make notes on what you plan to accept.
Work through your manuscript one more time and enter any changes.
After you’ve done this, run the manuscript through ProWritingAid again (or your grammar checker of choice) to make sure you didn’t add in any typos or grammar errors.
And ta-da, the book is as done as it’s going to get.
And now it is time for the final read through. It helps to convert it to a PDF and read it on your kindle or on your phone – it tricks your brain into thinking of it as a book instead of your book baby. Or you can print it out and read it on paper. There are also websites that can read it out loud that will help you spot any flow issues.
During the final read through, only make notes of huge errors to fix. Don’t spend too much time nitpicking though; it is time to let go of you project.
You can only edit it so many times before it stops getting better. Know when to stop.
And that’s it. That’s my final step on editing (for now) and then I move on to the formatting and all the fun stuff before putting it out into the world.
I hope you found these tips helpful. The book version of this is in the works to be released in November of this year, and I hope you consider picking up a copy if you liked these short tips.