Editing and proofreading is a professional service that every writer needs … even if you’re an editor yourself. Trying to correct and find problems in your own work is limiting. You need that second opinion, that second pair of eyes to see what your mind might skip right over because the mind convinces the eye to see what it expects to see, whether that’s what in print/on-screen or not. Words and images in print or online are forever, and they can and will come back to haunt you!
Typos, autocorrect, which can cause as many problems as it corrects by inserting an incorrect word just as often as the right one, especially synonyms like “rode” and “road”, aren’t the only concern. Awkward phraseology, verb tenses (an author’s nightmare–we think in present tense, but usually write in third-person past) can cause your reader to stop reading and move onto something else. There’s so much online to read!
Some genres and authors, both fiction and nonfiction, are using first-person present tense, which was a complete no-no in the writing industry when I was educated and have worked for many years. But every decade or so, experimental “new” ideas surface that are supposed to be unique and alternative. Have you ever heard, “There’s nothing new under the sun”? It’s a very true statement. It’s all been tried before and much has not stood the test of time.
We try to remain current and far-reaching for the future as writers, but it seems like the rules change all the time. There is this lackadaisical attitude that anything goes and typos, inaccuracies … well, they’re just to be accepted as “that’s the way it is–overlook them, and that’s not a misspelling, I’ve just created a new word!”
Styles change and words emerge, but as an avid reader, author, and editor I constantly stay in touch with what’s new in the writing industry to keep my clients on-track and in-sync with evolving trends. Yet, nowhere are typos, misused grammar, misspellings, and unclear syntax an attractive addition to a written piece.
The writing industry is more competitive and overcrowded than ever and that is going to keep escalating with technology. Write about what you care about, and just as importantly, care about the quality of what you write.
–Deborah A. Bowman
DEBORAH A. BOWMAN, firstname.lastname@example.org
COMING SOON! ANNIE’S STORY: BLESSED WITH A GIFT. “Annie’s Story” is about an unusual girl coming-of-age in Colonial America, who is “Blessed With A Gift.” (Historical Fiction Inspired by Past-Life Hypnotic Regression.)
NEWEST RELEASE, 6/11/15: STROKE OF INNOCENCE! Book 4 in the Denny Ryder Paranormal Crime Series. Genre: Paranormal Crime Thriller. Age/language appropriate for ages 12 to Adult. This book is dedicated to the families of missing children: “If the children never come home, you will see them in heaven.” http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00ZMNYZ1K
DENNY RYDER PARANORMAL CRIME SERIES. STROKE OF FEAR! www.amazon.com/dp/B00CFWYAX4; STROKE OF MIDNIGHT! www.amazon.com/dp/B00F8Z2KAK; STROKE OF SILENCE! www.amazon.com/dp/B00JH78VOE “Dreams that come true aren’t all they’re cracked up to be when you see the serial killer who feeds on the blood of innocent children.”
DELILAH, ASTRAL INVESTIGATOR INFINITY SERIES. Genre: Time-Travel Fantasy ages 10 to adult. EPISODE ONE, THE BOY AND THE SHOPKEEPER. “Can the past be rewritten after the fact? Can the future be changed? A modern teenaged girl, a Colonial American, and an intuitive cat travel back and forth in time to save the world … one lost, tormented soul at a time. Not all souls can be saved, and some do not wish it!” www.amazon.com/dp/B00TVULOQY
LIVING IN A SHADOW, full-length novel. Genre: Dramatic Psychological Romance for Adults. “What do you do, how do you cope, when you don’t know what drugs have ravaged your body, suppressed your memories, and broken your spirit? You can’t hide forever from the shadows in your life.” http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00AP68CUO