4 Tips for Finding the Right Copyeditor

grammar tips EnglishPublishing a book is often a lifelong goal for people. Writers will spend years developing their ideas and their characters and when everything is said and done, it is quite an accomplishment to finally be holding your book in your own hands.

Flipping through the pages and reading your own words on paper is such a great and rewarding feeling.

However, it all comes crashing down when you notice a typo, or some kind of grammatical mistake that your copy editor didn’t catch. Sometimes, these mistakes are benign, but sometimes they can change the meaning of certain passages.

For instance, someone who recently came to use with a “fully edited” copy of the book has mistaken the phrases bear with me vs. bare with me, which anyone who is familiar with this phrase can easily see why one would be problematic to say the least.

In the rest of this post, I want to go over a few tips you can use to find the right copyeditor for your book. Someone who knows your genre and does a good job.

Tip 1: Use Crescent Moon Publishing

This tip may seem a bit self-serving, but in a post about copyediting, we have to mention our own services. We offer copy-editing services to writers regardless of if they use of publishing services.

Most authors who choose to publish with us choose to use our copy-editing services. Occasionally, authors will hire an outside copyeditor and deliver us with the final product.

That was the case with the above story I mentioned with the bear/bare with me mistake. This is one of the more humorous mistakes that I have seen. Usually, they center on single word English homophones like principal and principle. We have a great team of editors who has an incredible record of no mistakes.

Tip 2: Find Out How Many Edits Your Copy-Editors Do

The first question you should ask any copy-editing service is how many times do they go through a draft document. Any service agency worth its weight should go through a draft at least two times, but the better ones will go through three times.

This is the way that many people end up with embarrassing mistakes in their work is because they don’t check to see how thorough of a job their copy editor is doing.

In order to avoid the most embarrassing mistakes in your work, we always do three full read throughs of any document that we word with, no matter how large or small.

Tip 3: Read Reviews, Ask Around

As common sense as this tip is in the Internet age, many authors don’t ask around before hiring their copy editor.

Go into the author circles and see if anyone has used your copy editor. Heck, you can even ask the agency itself for some written recommendations and people to contact. Giving your work over to a copy editor is a huge placement of trust, and you don’t want to just give it to anyone.

Make sure you know who you are dealing with before you get involved.

Tip 4: Brush Up On Your Own Grammar

The old saying goes, the best offense is a good defense. This applies to writing as well. If you don’t give your copy editor a lot of mistakes to edit, they are less likely to miss potential mistakes. Makes sense right?

We always recommend that writers brush up on their own English grammar before submitting a work. There are so many great English resources for writers out there these days that cover everything from comma placement to confusing English homophones. If your writing doesn’t contain a lot of mistake, not only will you save money from the copy editor, you’ll end up with a better product.

How Real Estate Relates to Writing and Publishing

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Most writers start off as part-time writers. Rarely does your first work get instantly propelled into a full-time income that allows you to quit your job and focus solely on writing and publishing.

What that means for the average writer is that he or she needs to balance a workload of writing and a workload of their 9 to 5 job every day.

As many writers know, writing is labor of love for most authors, but love doesn’t always pay the bills, so people need to make ends meet in the mean time.

What to Do When Your Business is Real Estate

I’m not sure if this is typical, but a lot of real estate agents write in to ask us questions, so I thought I would make a post specifically for them.

Real estate is a business like no other that requires interpersonal skills and a high degree of flexibility. Whether you are selling luxury home on Spring Lake or residential houses throughout the Midwest, you need to form a personal connection with your client because real estate is all about individual relationships.

This isn’t much different from writing a novel when you think about it.

When you write a book for general consumption, you develop your characters in such a way that they themselves form personal bonds with the readers of the book. Maybe this is why realtors so often find themselves in the writing business because they know how these relationships are formed from their years of on the job trainings.

These skills naturally fall into the world of writing, which gives them a leg up on most other people.

Getting Your Name Out There as an Author

Another built in benefit that realtors have that many other workers do not is their unique access to new and exciting people with which to talk about their daily lives and hobbies.

Many people who work in an office setting or a factory do not get the luxury of meeting new people each and every day. They go to the same office, with the same boss, the same coworkers, and they don’t see many new people on a day-to-day basis. Realtors, on the other hand, are meeting new people every day.

This is a huge benefit because as you develop your relationships with new clients, you can mention your hobby as an author—perhaps even give them a copy of your book. And people are much more likely to read your book if they have a relationship with you, so you aren’t just “giving away books.”

So, the next time you are staging an open house, be sure to have a few copies of your books lying out. Of, if you just made a sale on a Muskegon waterfront home, be sure to leave a copy of your book with the new homeowners.

It can be their housewarming present, and it will not only further your real estate business, but it will also get the word out there for you as an author.

Don’t Sell Yourself Short

If you are part-time time realtor or a full-time realtor professional like Harpe Realty Lake Shore, you can make something happen in the publishing business.

Every real estate agent I know is a hard-working go getter, and this parlays perfectly into the world of self-publishing.

Posted by / December 31, 2016 / Posted in Press