Today I welcome author Melina Druga to the blog to talking about the editing process.
1) Tell us a bit about you and your writing
I write both fiction and nonfiction. I began writing as a child and started my professional career after obtaining my degree. I have experience as a reporter, and I’m currently self employed as a freelance writer. I publish my books through my publishing house, Sun Up Press.
2) What do you enjoy most about the editing process?
I enjoy polishing the manuscript to make it as perfect as it can possibly be. It’s like creating a diamond out of a lump of coal.
3) What do you find hardest about the editing process?
It is very time consuming, and sometimes there are moments where I know an issue needs fixed but not exactly how to fix it. It always gets resolved in the end, though.
4) What are your general thoughts on editing as part of the overall publishing process?
Writing multiple drafts are a must. Also, copy editing and a final proofread shouldn’t be skipped. Readers will notice. Unfortunately, there are still many who believe editors are out to steal authors’ work.
5) What are your top editing-related tips for authors?
1. Learn grammar, punctuation and style.
2. Don’t be frightened to hire an expert.
Melina Druga is an author of historical fiction and nonfiction. She also is an avid history enthusiast. Her era of expertise--and obsession--is the 1890-1920 timeframe.
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Melina’s books are available exclusively on Amazon, and eBooks are free to Kindle Unlimited members and on KDP Select free days.