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Monday, March 28, 2022

How Many Self Edits Are Necessary for a Manuscript?

    An author should perform as many self-edits as needed in order to display the best possible product on marketplaces online. It usually takes me no more than five complete self-edit cycles―one cycle entails the corrections, refinements, and insights of the manuscript from the Microsoft Editor first and use of the Red Aloud feature last. I use the Editor to clean up the grammatical errors that I make and use the Read Aloud feature to listen for the mistakes that the Editor doesn’t catch. Once I run this cycle five times, I then feel confident enough to upload my polished manuscript on Amazon.

    The next question is whether to hire a freelance editor to proofread your work―a second set of eyes, so to speak. Well, that’s entirely up to the author in my opinion. However, it’s been my experience that most of the freelance proofreaders that I’ve used in the past weren’t any better at catching mistakes than I was, and ultimately, I felt like I was throwing money away in a sense. Microsoft 365 Family has taken away the need for a freelancer, and in turn, saved me a lot of money overall.

    Self-editing a manuscript is an unavoidable step in insuring an author produces a novel worthy of their loyal readers. Avoiding this step and placing the responsibility of editing solely on the freelancer is at the discretion of the author, though I wouldn’t recommend it.

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