It is my privilege today to introduce Rave Reviews Book Club’s Spotlight Author, Michael P. King. Welcome Michael!
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.
To learn more about Michael P. King, or to purchase The Traveling Man, please visit:
Amazon Author Page: http://bit.ly/MPKingA
Twitter handle: https://twitter.com/mpking3312