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How long should proofreading and editing take?


A good novel can take years to write! I have heard that when an author has finished writing - it could take twice as long, time wise, to proofread and edit the book properly and that even then the final proof needs re-checking before it gets published. Has anyone experienced this? I have read a few books that were very badly edited, many self published, the authors declare themselves 'prolific writers' who can produced a good novel in less than three months. I am not convinced...

 

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    Clark Cook (moonfroth) 3 years ago

    For the final, final proof--read the text BACKWARDS. that way you can'r be lulled into inattention by the sheer magic of your beautiful prose....because you're looking at each word in isolation from all others.


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    Leni Sands 3 years ago

    Thanks for responding, Yes, hmmm, I am basically settling a disagreement between myself and a 'prolific' writer who can write a good story, has a problem with English Grammar & punctuation & thinks the whole process can complete within 3 mont


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    Leni Sands 3 years ago

    My thoughts exactly afterall if something is worth doing it's worth doing well. Time spent improving it until you are finally satisfied that it is finished & ready to be published I reckon 2 years is a good framework, beta readers great idea. Th

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    Leni Sands 3 years ago

    I agree, I regularly find little typos in books that I have bought off the shelf in Waterstones, I find more mistakes in the self published books.


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    Leni Sands 3 years ago

    I think it depends on the language abilities of the writer - bad punctuation, misused words, misspelt words, text out of context, repeated words, over used words, sentence structure, layout, etc., etc., etc.