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Don't Forget to Cross the T's and Dot the I's

Updated: Mar 31, 2023

"If there is a book that you want to read, but it hasn't been written yet, then you must write it."

-Toni Morrison

I am very excited about this publishing journey (If you can't already tell). Truth be told, as I am working on publishing Book 1, I have already started to draft Book 2. Coming into this process, I knew that I needed to hire a professional editor to check my grammar and punctuation, but I have learned that going through the editorial process is a lot more than making sure I have all of my commas in the right place.

Let's play a little game of True or False. Answer the questions below.

  1. If you find the right editor, you only need to have 1 really great assessment and then no other editor will be needed.

  2. Development edits are only needed for indie and debut authors.

  3. Copy editing and proofreading are the same types of editing.

  4. You should never revise your original manuscript more than once to maintain the integrity of your story.

In the publishing industry, it is no secret that the answers to the above questions are all FALSE. I have completed my first round of edits and I was able to improve a story that I thought was bulletproof! It is amazing what improvements you can make to your vision when you put it in the hands of a professional.

Honestly, I have been nervous during the process of my editorial review, but anxiously optimistic about the results and being able to hand over my final manuscript to my illustrator by next week.

If you haven't already, please subscribe to my website to get all the latest updates on my project and to see what happens next.

(Note: The attached sketch is NOT a final version of my illustrations. This drawing is another peek at a Super Obi character development sample).

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