Rachael Tamayo

International Best Selling Author and Book Reviewer. Author of The Friend-Zone series, Pshycological Thriller, Crazy Love, and short stories.

On Editing Your Writing

So Now you are published, or maybe you are sending your work out getting positive rejections. Those positive rejections are a good thing, keep trying. You will find your match and then what happens? 

Little things, blurbs, tag lines, everyone's favorite-choosing a cover, then the editing. You get matched with an editor and chew your nails waiting to receive your first mark-ups. 

Round one.

Round two.

Final read through.

Your release date, bam-there is your book. Yay! Your officially an author.  As your reviews come in, maybe someone mentions typos. How can this happen? Why didn't your editor catch these mistakes? Isn't that what they are for?

Um, here's the bad news. Party, yes. Editors catch your mistakes. They also format your book for printing, go over your grammar, plot holes, story line issues. They do all of this.  Here's the thing. Your eyes are even more important than theirs are in this process. Who knows your work better than you do? Sure, you've read it over and over again. Your probably a little sick of reading it and ready to dive into your next book. 

So when you get your edits in, read your book from cover to cover, each time. Fix the mistakes, make your notes, send it back. Editors are human, and if you read slowly, you can both catch almost everything. Don't skim. Read it, thoroughly.  Then when you think you are done, set it aside for a week or so, and then read it one last time.