1. Great advice, Tanya. I was fortunate to have my father, a retired journalist and editor, offer to line edit my ms. I originally thought he was just going to read it through, make a few general comments, and that would be that.

    Lucky for me, he thought the ms had promise enough that with judicious editing and some serious revision, it might be publishable, so he gave me the “Full Monty” a detailed line edit, complete with red pen marks, and summary comments at the end.

    I was blown away by his generosity, knowing it must have taken scores of hours to do such a detailed edit. It also woke me to the multitude of sins we writers commit in the name of the ‘first draft’.

    My naive self suspected his edit was worth hundreds of dollars if a professional had done it, but now I see it was possibly worth many more hundreds, if not thousands of dollars.

    Best lesson learned: don’t make so many mistakes the first time through. Learn the craft of writing, avoid the beginner mistakes. Saves a huge amount of time and money.

  2. Tanya Saari

    How very fortunate, indeed! What a wonderful father!

    I think perhaps the most important thing for anyone to remember is, if you’re serious about a writing career you must treat it as a business. That means doing everything in a professional manner, including how you polish, prepare and present your work.

    Best of luck with your writing, and thank you for your comment!

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