It is my privilege today to introduce Rave Reviews Book Club’s Spotlight Author, Michael P. King. Welcome Michael!

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Why I Use a Copyeditor


My new novel, The Computer Heist, came back from the copyeditor two weeks ago, so I’ve been analyzing his comments and completing my final edits. I’ve taught English composition at the college level. I have a master’s degree in English with an emphasis in creative writing. I feel very comfortable with plotting, character development, and creating suspense. But I would never copyedit my own novel. Editors are skilled professionals who add value to your work. They can catch subtle discrepancies in the text, the overuse of a phrase or word, or language tics that seem normal to you but that may seem awkward to your reader. And that’s besides pointing out major flaws or making sure you follow the Chicago Manual of Style (for the US).


And just like when the copyedits came back for The Traveling Man, I found the editor’s comments for The Computer Heist to be insightful and useful, even when I disagreed with a particular detail. So use a professional editor. You’ll end up with a smooth-reading, error-free book. And the extra level of confidence that comes from having a professional who’s edited dozens of books weigh in. Your spouse, your cousin, your friend, your colleague–they just don’t have that kind of experience.


I’m not saying, however, that all editors are created equal. If you used an editor (and followed their advice), and reviewers are complaining about major problems in your book (not just a few typos), you need a new editor. One with the skills to help you. Finally, let’s say you didn’t use an editor, and your book turned out great—is getting well-deserved, excellent reviews. Well, congratulations! All I’m saying is that your book would have been even better with an editor on board. And you would have learned a few new tricks.

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About John Fioravanti

Author, John Fioravanti writes non-fiction as well as fiction in the sci-fi genre. He's a retired secondary school educator and a lifelong learner. He considers himself a work in progress and welcomes the opinions and insights that others may have about his work. He prizes dialogue about meaningful topics, so please leave your thoughts!

22 thoughts on “MEET RRBC SPOTLIGHT AUTHOR: Michael P. King!

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    Natalie Ducey

    November 30, 2015 at 12:12pm

    A little late, but I made it! Great advice, Michael. Thanks for sharing. You’re a great host, John. Cheers! 🙂

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    Michelle Abbott

    November 24, 2015 at 5:42am

    You can read your own work a hundred times and still miss things. Though I do find it helps to have a final read over on a different device as it seems to trick your mind into seeing the errors! Thanks for hosting, John!

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    November 23, 2015 at 6:44pm

    Good advice, Michael. Thanks to both you and John.

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    Michael King

    November 23, 2015 at 5:01pm

    Thanks for hosting, John. And thanks to everyone for their comments!

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    Shirley Harris-Slaughter

    November 23, 2015 at 12:12pm

    Congratulations Spotlight Author Michael P. King. I love your topic. Reminds me of a couple of editors I have had, which have been invaluable to me because I did learn so much from having them. But the one thing I never let an editor do, and that is, take away my voice. That almost happened with my first book and that was when I actually discovered my voice…the way I say things, the way my distinct personality came through the writing. This always occurs in non-fiction writing which is what I was doing, and it is so amazing.

    So no matter what the genre is, a good editor is definitely necessary.

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    Beem Weeks

    November 23, 2015 at 11:52am

    Excellent post, Michael. I use an exceptional editor for my work. That extra set of educated eyes makes all the difference in the world. Having a qualified editor instills confidence in publishing the work.

    Thanks for hosting, John.

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    Rebecca Carter

    November 23, 2015 at 10:31am

    It’s so easy to miss things in your own work after you’ve read it hundreds of times. I’ve also found it’s nice to have a critique group point out problems. You get several people looking at your work… and it’s free in some cases. But having a professional look at the final revision is always a wise idea.

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    Bette A. Stevens

    November 22, 2015 at 6:43pm

    Congratulations on your SPOTLIGHT, Michael! Keep shining… Sharing on Twitter & Google+ 🙂

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    John W. Howell

    November 22, 2015 at 4:54pm

    Great meeting you Michael. I too believe in a good editor. It makes a difference. Congratulations on Spotlight Author. Thanks to Hoser John for the hosting duties.

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    Jenny Hinsman

    November 22, 2015 at 2:47pm

    Sound advice! I’m like Jan, if I read my own stuff I’ll read it as I meant to write it and not see the misspell or mistake. Crazy how our brains work sometimes. Great to see you as the spotlight author Michael.

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    Jan Hawke

    November 22, 2015 at 12:34pm

    Great editors are worth their weight in gold and more! 😀 I’m pretty good at editorial actgivities I think – but I’d never, ever self-edit. That way I have a word-blind idiot for an editor – one who only sees what they thought they wrote and not what they actually typed…! lol

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