Why Editing is Necessary

If you are a new author than this post is for you.  Most established authors know exactly why editing their manuscript is necesssary.  I will try to cover some of the major reasons on this blog post.

First of all, we need to understand what exactly does editing mean.  Editing is the process of selecting and preparing writtten, visual, audible and film media used to convey information through the processes of correction, condensation, organization, and other modifications performed with an intention of producing a correct, consistent, accurate, and complete work (Wikipedia: free encyclopedia).

Secondly, editing is important because you want your readers to come back and buy your books.  If your book is hard to understand, your readers will become annoyed and irritated.  If errors are distracting than they may simply put the book down because they can not get into the story-line.  Some people don’t think that misplaced commas matter but let me tell you that they do.

Next, editing your work will cut out the clutter.  You will notice that some things in your manuscript should be left out, due to redundancy and unclear expressions.  They will often bore or confuse the reader.

Last of all, editing is important especially to the publisher.  If you are searching for an agent or a publisher, you need to present your work as clean as possible.  Most agents will put your work down if they cannot get through all the typos, incomplete sentences, comma splices, subject-verb disagreements.  The list goes on and on.

Written by: Tracy Kauffman

Tracy Kauffman is a Christian fiction author of Young Adult and Children Stories.  She grew up in Alabama but has traveled to different parts of the world.  She loves taking cruises and traveling with her family.  Her favorite place that she has been to is the Grand Canyon.

Tracy has an associates degree in Nursing.  She is a registered nurse and works part time in a local nursing home.  The rest of the time she spends her time writing books and marketing them.  Her titles include: Gwendolyn’s Wish, Southern Adventures, Richard the Lionheart, My Boyfriend the Squire and Captain Honey Bear Saves Goldie Locks.

Tracy started writing poetry at a small age and won the title of editor in her school newspaper, when she was in second grade.  She had her first poem published in a online writing contest called, The Cosmetology Student.  She decided to write her first book, Southern Adventures, when her son left home for the Air Force.

She loves writing and hopes to be able to inspire her readers into living a happy healthier life.  She feels like her own life experiences have made her a better writer.  Learn more about her by visiting her website.

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8 Comments (+add yours?)

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  4. Carole
    Apr 05, 2014 @ 08:51:57

    Thanks for the interesting article. The only thing which I want to say is, Editing brings the best out of any piece of writing.


  5. Boyce
    Aug 11, 2014 @ 02:11:52

    Hi there, I discovered your web site by the use of Google while searching for a related subject, your website came up, it seems to be great.
    I have bookmarked it in my google bookmarks.

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  6. Pam @ Proofreading Services
    Sep 15, 2014 @ 08:58:59

    Hi Tracy! You are so much right about all the things you mentioned! Yesterday, I just read an article saying that even the best writers need editors. It’s really true that a well written and edited article or book will gain much more visits or sells.


  7. Carla Doria
    May 14, 2015 @ 14:03:41

    This is very interesting. I believe that it doesn´t matter how many times you go through your manuscript looking for errors or typos, many of them still find their way through. You always need an extra pair of eyes to help you in this.
    Thanks for stopping by my blog.


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