I’m in the middle of edits today on my medical romance short story that will be in the Mammoth Book of Medical Romance that comes out this year. I enjoy doing edits but they make me nervous. I’m so afraid I’ll miss a misspelling, or a lost word or something. When my first book came out in digital, my editor “groomed” it. Then a line editor went through it. And finally, I had a read through. I thought we’d caught everything. BUT….no. When the final version came out, there was a wonderfully funny typo (at least I can laugh about it now.)
When I got the edits for the print version of the same book. the editor reminded me that this would be my last chance to change anything before being immortalized in print. I found that I couldn’t just read my work. My mind would automatically “fix” errors (like add the missing “the” or “be” in the sentence.) I finally printed out every page, fired up my DragonSpeak and let the computer read to me. As the words were said, I followed along marking things. When I was done, the book that I thought was “clean” the year before now had 18 pages of edits!
So, editing. How do you do it? What tips do you have that work for you?