It is not because things are difficult that we do not dare, it is because we do not dare that they are difficult. - Seneca

Monday, March 7, 2011

First GLIMPSE at chapter 1 of EDIT YOUR BOOK IN A MONTH by Eliza Knight ...

Welcome to the first excerpt day of EDIT YOUR BOOK IN A MONTH. Today, I’m going to give you a glimpse at Chapter One.

Excerpt from Chapter One, Edit Your Book in a Month © Eliza Knight

Have you ever read a book that had you rolling your eyes every few minutes at the broken grammar? Misspelled words? Repetitive words? Inner content changed and there were significant inconsistencies?

Chances are you have. And this is one of the major reasons that editing your work is so very important.

When we’re in school, it is drilled into our heads that we must double-check our work. Why is it that as adults, we don’t still see the importance in this? We edit our work so our readers don’t roll their eyes at us. So that our readers will come back to buy book numbers two, three, four and so on.

Another, and perhaps more moving reason why your work should be edited is because competition is fierce in the publishing world—the number of submissions accepted is quite small. Unless you are publishing yourself (which almost certainly gives you more push to edit your work perfectly since you won’t have an actual editor!), in that case you don’t have to worry about getting an editor’s attention—but you will have to work even harder on your finished product.

The average number of books accepted by publishers for publication from submissions is around 2-4%. That is not very high. For every one-hundred manuscripts they receive only two or maybe four on a good day, will be offered a contract. Not very good odds—which is why some people choose to take their work elsewhere. But that is another topic altogether.

Come back Wednesday and Thursday to read excerpts of the book! On Friday, I will be giving away copies.

Happy Writing and Editing!


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Nicole North said...

Fantastic chapter (and advice) Eliza!! Thanks for sharing!

Eliza Knight said...

Thanks for stopping by Nicole and for your lovely compliments! That is only part of chapter one :)

Sky Purington said...

This book sounds extremely useful! Especially for those of us who are considering self-publishing on the side! :-)

Eliza Knight said...

Thanks Sky! That's one of the reasons I published it. There are a lot of people going the self-pub route these days, and those stories deserve good editing too.

Skhye said...

Great resource!

Eliza Knight said...

Thank you Skhye :)

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