Today’s post comes to us from Houston’s very own Christina Ledbetter. Christina provides us with an anecdote on how she chose her copy editor. If you’ve been following along with the Author + Entrepreneur series, then file this under using the peer editing method from yesterday’s post. And now a message from Christina.
How I Found My Very Own Copy Editor
I spend my early mornings chopping strawberries and listening to public radio. For the past week I’ve listened to much about why Mitt Romney chose Paul Ryan as his running mate, and in a nutshell, I’m hearing that Romney made a bold move in picking Ryan, especially compared to his plain vanilla other options.
Which brings us to choosing someone to copy edit your work. Yes, really. Hear me out.
Before turning in my first article for publication, I was so averse to the idea of the publisher returning it with maniacal laughter and commands to rewrite it that I knew I needed a lot of eyes on that thing. I emailed the piece to three girlfriends with pleas to review and send me their feedback. Two of them wrote back the same day with messages to the tune of “Love it!” But my third friend, Lydia, sent back a simple message telling me to give her a few days.
That was my first clue that I’d found my very own copy editor.
Two days later Lydia returned my article to me. She’d covered it in red, rearranged paragraphs, and added lots of blurbs to the side saying things like, “I don’t get what you mean here.” I had found my copy editor.
Lydia was my bold move. We’re somewhat similar, but different enough that she was able to add a very fresh set of eyes to my writing. Plus, the girl can write. Lately I’m finishing articles too close to the deadline to send over to Lydia, but once I begin crafting together a book, she’ll be the first one to whom I send my drafts with pleas to review. Because while I know I can write well, I also know my writing can be quite scattered and long-winded without someone to boldly copy edit for me.
So start that novel you’ve been putting off, find someone to edit the heck out of it, and then enjoy the free and easy publishing Kbuuk offers.
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