Judi's Editing

A Good Manuscript
      Deserves ...
   A Good Editor

Brenda Hill has some very good reasons why Aunt Helen, who taught English for so many years, isn't the best editor for your manuscript.

When you edit your own work, the easiest way to find things you want to change or correct is to start at the end of the piece and read one paragraph at a time. This tricks you into seeing what's actually on the page instead of what you KNOW you wrote there (missing, wrong, or overused words and phrases, missing punctuation, etc.). Many times you'll find a better way to say something, making for a better story. At the very least, you'll make it easier for your editor to help you.

Why Spell Check isn't Enough

Eye halve a spelling chequer

It came with my pea sea

It plainly marques four my revue

Miss steaks eye kin knot sea.

Eye strike a key and type a word

And weight four it two say

Weather eye am wrong oar write

It shows me strait a weigh.

As soon as a mist ache is maid

It nose bee fore two long

And eye can put the error rite

Its rare lea ever wrong.

Eye have run this poem threw it

I am shore your pleased two no

Its letter perfect awl the weigh

My chequer tolled me sew.

Author Unknown