Just as writing a book is time-consuming, so is editing a book. I’m not one who likes to edit books, but the task must be done.
Why is editing a book so important?
The first draft I do on a book is not usually my best. It’s usually off the cuff. I find that each time I edit a particular chapter, the better I can structure my sentences and paragraphs in a way that will keep my readers interested in the book.
Editing the First Chapter
That first chapter is important. We want to catch the interest of the reader within the first couple of pages of the first chapter. When I’m looking for books to read (library or at a bookstore. etc.) I often put the book I picked up back on the shelf because the writer didn’t catch my interest in the first few pages.
We must make sure that our grammar and spelling errors are cleaned up. The English language has words (Homophones) that sound alike but are different in meaning or spelling.
Examples of Homophones
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It’s important to self-check all grammar and spelling in the book we’re writing. Sometimes the program we’re using will skip over words or sentences.
Exception of Rule
Now the exception to the rule is this: If you’re using a Bible program (King James Version, for example) to cut and paste verses into your document, you don’t need to edit it. In the case of the KJV you want to retain the language and the spelling for accuracy.
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