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Today, I’m going to talk to you about editing. As most of you know by now, I finished my first draft of my novel a couple weeks ago. Now, I’m in the editing stage. What a joy that is.

There are several different ways to go about editing. You always, always want to look at the manuscript yourself first. Never send your first draft to an editor! It’s painful. As much as I wanted to, I’m glad I didn’t. I’m finding a lot on my own. Sending it off to an editor first would have just ended in disaster.

Look it over yourself first. Then, you can send it off to just one person you trust, or a handful of people for beta readers. I’m personally doing both. I’ll send it off to one of my friends, then after he’s done with it, I’ll start looking for a handful of beta readers. I have a few picked out… They just don’t know it yet.

After you revise based off of what the beta readers say, then you send it off to an editor. It’s finally time to let the professionals look at it. Take a deep breath, and wait. It’ll come back, I promise. They’ll give you an estimate on how much it will cost, and how long it will take. It’s time to relax. I know, it’s hard. I won’t like it either. Just try to relax. Think about how much free time you’ll have.

It may take a few trips to the editor to get it just right. Just think, you can get it as close to perfect as possible with a few trips to the editor.

*This post was based off of the answer I got from The Newbie Writers’ Podcast (http://www.newbiewriters.com/)*

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