So, you think you just wrote an excellent book. You used a proper structure, selected the right words, and made a really great happy end.
You think you chose a suitable writing style that invites to keep reading right from the first chapter. You nailed the first draft that does not require a lot of revisions. You allowed yourself to rest for a day to clear your mind to find some shortcomings and improve the text.
Seems like you have it all figured out. The text should be great.
Now, the time to edit that awesome piece has come. Edit it like you’ve never edited before. You don’t want it to fail because of a simple mistake. Moreover, it is your first serious text and you want everything to be perfect.
Of course, you’ll want to pay serious attention to numerous details like grammar and punctuation mistakes. They might be hiding everywhere, so looking for them requires a lot of time. Also, you’ll want to make sure that the words you used in the book say exactly what you mean and don’t mislead the readers.
In other words, editing is not an easy thing to do. But it’s worth it because it allows you to have a muscular text without any errors. That text could be sent to a publisher and later begin to win over the hearts of readers.
Sounds like the victory is very close.
You’re far from done, however. Did you make sure your text has all the essential ingredients it needs to succeed? Without them, all your previous effort will be pointless. We certainly don’t want that.
Ingredients your book or any kind of professional writing needs are presented in the infographic below. It was created by writing experts from Awriter.org to help you ensure that your effort brings you benefits.
Share it on social media, print it, but whatever you do… use it wisely.
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Lucy Benton is a writing coach, an editor who finds her passion in expressing own thoughts as a blogger, and currently works at www.assignmenthelper.com.au. She is constantly looking for the ways to improve her skills and expertise. If you’re interested in working with Lucy, you can find her on FaceBook