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This post is a bit of an update and a bit of a reminder about something that I talk about all the time: priorities.
If you scroll back through my blog, you'll notice that the last post was March of this year. Ideally, I like to post once a week, at the bare minimum, so over two months without a post is definitely not what I'm shooting for.
So Tori, where have you been?
I believe that we make things happen through the actions we take. Sometimes those actions are big—huge risks that either pay off or don't—but sometimes it's the smallest actions that have the biggest impact. We choose our paths through the seemingly insignificant decisions we make every day. Do we choose to spend an hour writing or working out, or do we spend that hour watching television? Do we get enough sleep at night? Or do we down a couple cups of coffee and hope that's enough?
All these small choices will eventually determine our futures. But today, I want to talk about just one choice:
Picking up our toys.
Writers have to be extremely persistent, ridiculously stubborn, and just a little bit stupid. Writers experience more rejection than most people do—or could handle. Writers either develop thick skin, stop submitting, or take up drinking.
I believe that the toughness it takes to keep putting yourself out there, and being rejected, over and over is a learned skill. We're not born with emotional armor, but we develop it because the writing is more important. We make a conscious decision to prioritize our aspirations above our emotional comfort.
A large number of writers who approach me about professional editing don't know what type of editing they need. There's nothing wrong with that, and I am always happy to discuss options and help clients understand which editing service will benefit their manuscript the most.
That said, having an idea of where to begin makes the process simpler when you do contact an editor. If you're considering professional editing, go through the choices below to find out whether you're ready to get the most out of the editing process and what type of editing will be best for your manuscript.
Before we get started, here are a few basic terms.
High-Level Editing. This type of editing address elements including plot, structure, character development, setting, etc. During high-level editing, we deal with pages and paragraphs and address the manuscript from a broad perspective.
Low-Level Editing. This type of editing deals with style, readability, grammar, punctuation, etc. This is editing of the prose—words and sentences.
Beta Reader. This is someone who reads the manuscript after self-editing but before professional editing. The ideal beta reads often in the genre and is able to offer constructive feedback.
Ready? Answer the questions below to determine which editing service is the best fit for you!