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Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Author Rebecca Graf on Owning Her Publishing Company

As a feature on Premier Author Book Tour's book tour for Rebecca Graf's Deep Connections, Rebecca's written a guest post about her experience as the owner of her own publishing company. Be sure to check out my review of Deep Connections, too!

Editing is Key to Publishing

Deep Connections
I have discovered co-owning my own publishing business that editing is the biggest part of getting a book published. You can write a book in a few weeks if you really put your mind to it and let your muse take complete control. The editing cannot be done in that time period. It could take months to take that manuscript and turn it into a book.

So many books are going to print with poor editing. Mine did, too, at first due to some technical difficulties with our computers and then problems on the actual printing end. They were bad and were fixed quickly, but many people don’t try to fix them. They publish a book without trying to do a complete edit.

An edit is more than proofreading. It is tearing the book apart and putting it back together again in a better fashion. Authors should edit their own work before the editor ever sees it. I go through about eight to ten rounds of editing before my editor really gets a hold of it. Editing is reading over the words, the scenes, and the characters. It is expanding scenes and eliminating them. It is rewording paragraphs to flow better. It is finding inconsistencies.

I have also discovered that editing mistakes happen with the best of publishing companies. I have read bestselling authors published under the large publishing houses that have mistakes in them. That includes print and ebooks. Ebooks tend to have the worst. Though these mistakes are expected, it doesn’t mean that you don’t try to correct them you find them. I’ve found that most publishing houses have reprints just to fix that kind of stuff. If they are small, they can wait. It is the editing mistakes that confuse a reader or put a bump in their reading road that need to be fixed ASAP.

A good cover is important. A good story is critical. Good editing can make or break a story. Editing is never really done, but there comes a point when you can say enough is enough and get the book published. We have our writers edit their work many times. We go through it five to ten times by various people. That is how important editing is.

Editing can be fun, too, as you play with words and scenes. It is a learning experience with no right answer 100% of the time. Some editors don’t like a lot of description. Others like less dialogue. In the end, it has to be an agreement between the author and editor with the author’s work shining brightly.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Rebecca Graf is a wife and mother of three when she is not writing. From writing online for various companies to book reviews to her own novels, Rebecca spends most of her days reading and writing. She worked as an accountant for 20 years before taking a chance and trying to make it as a writer. She has been published on sites such as BellaOnline.com, HubPages, and Natural Family Today. She also freelances where she writes for several different companies. She is an avid reader and has found a love of writing all types of genres. She self-published her first children's book, A Gift for a Mouse two years ago. Since then, she has started her own publishing company with a friend. Deep Connections is their first publication. 

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4 comments:

  1. Thank you for having me today. :)

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  2. Thanks so much for taking part in the tour and hosting Rebecca!

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  3. I totally agree with her, I've let books unfinished because the editing was not good, even if the story was appealing.

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