So yeah – that’s what’s different! And, in my opinion, if you really want to catch most typos, you should edit in as many ways and settings as you can to give your book/writing the best chance possible. Both you and it deserve it!
So I told my Dad about this idea, and sure, he thought it would be a good idea for editing, but in reality, he showed me that it would cost WAY more money than would really be acceptable to spend. It would be about 450 pages (close to a whole ream of paper!), and a ton of ink that already costs a lot anyway.
I just decided to use a few different tricks in editing and be happy with how it turns out after all. Hey, I have 3 other people editing it as well, so it should be just fine, right?
But then I received an email from one of my best editors. Kind of made me laugh.
Apparently, she was bewildered as to why she just wasn’t getting through my book, and couldn’t figure out why…for a while. After
thinking, she found out that she just isn’t in the same mindset when she’s reading on a computer screen. So what’d she do? She printed up my entire novel. Yep, you just read that right. All 450 pages. However, she doesn’t feel any pain over it because she had a coupon. Ah, the wonders of coupons!
So now she is merrily getting along through my book and even lent the first 100 pages to my Mom (who is editing it as well), because apparently she can’t read books on the computer very well either. In fact, in the last 3 months, she’s made it to chapter 5 out of 44. Probably a good idea to have it in print on paper, right?
As for me, I’ve already changed a lot on my computer copy, so if I decide to use a printed edition, I’ll have to print my own copy instead of borrowing it. Bummer. 😉
I will definitely be
interrogating watching my mom and other editor as they make progress through this setup, and see how beneficial it is!
Well, off to editing!
Question of the Day: What’s your favorite way of editing your pieces?