Here we are back again to what is, at least I think, one of the hardest, time consuming jobs that comes with writting a book. I must admit its one of the jobs I really dislike, I have trouble consentrating on the work as opposed to reading the story. I have heard other authors say the same thing, and have had many helpful hints. Like, concentrate on two or three pages at a time to give your brain a time out, or edit your book backwards, and even to actually pick out chapters at randome, but I find that no matter how I go about it, it is not a job I am ever going to love.
Now I have had a few offers of help from other authors, some of who have offered to read my manuscript for me and point out any errors they may pick up with fresh eyes, and others that have offered help in any way they can. I have to say that though I do stick to it and do a final edit myself, I have decided to take one or two up on the offer.
When you do this there is an element of trust that you are giving another person, and you have to be careful to pick someone you know beyond a shadow of a doubt, will give you constructive critisism, and point out where any mistakes are, including a part of your story that maybe wouldn't make sense to a reader like it does to you. You have to remember that you know the story inside out, and your readers don't, it is no good knowing you understand what you mean if they don't.
The two I have chosen are completely different people, and will no doubt see completely different mistakes, but that is the whole point. Anything they agree on is a must fix, whatever they don't you have two options to go with, or you change it to give some sort of compromise.
I have chosen tow friends on twitter, AR, who is affectionately known as my BFFT, and goes by @booksandspoons, and the other is Ian, who has been a friend since I set out and let me read his second manuscript to date, a sequel to Salby Damned, (A really good read if you can get your hands on it :) just a hint for you), and he goes by @ianstories.
So fingers crossed guys, and lets see where this leads too.
Bye for now, and I'll keep you posted.
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