Clients will often come to me after having done a considerable amount of writing. Sometimes I will receive 200- and 300-page manuscripts. Among them are manuscripts that are really at the editing stage, but… There are too many that are still—in spite of their polished look on the page—in an early stage of development.
You have worked long and hard to write your memoir. You are ready to turn the computer off and receive the accolades you feel you deserve!
Wouldn’t it be great to have “There I’ve gotten it all out and that’s that with my memoir” be the same as “the story is ready to affect the reader”?
At some level, you are ready to move on, but, wait! is your memoir ready for its audience? Is what you have a penultimate draft rather than a ready-to-be-published manuscript? It may even be a very good draft but it’s probably not the finished manuscript you are hoping it is.
This is the time to work with an editor. Every writer ought to engage an editor before moving a manuscript on to the public. When you think your writing is completed, you probably need memoir editing. An editor will help you to identify and make the decisions you must make to bring the story, its theme and its promise, out in the open for all to appreciate. An editor will assess your pacing and shaping and help you tighten both.
The information in these posts will help you with these tasks. After you’ve read the posts, come over to our editing services pages and check out how The Memoir Network can help you to generate the best manuscript you are capable of.
Writers who have written a good portion of their memoir will sometimes begin to wonder if it is time to hire a professional to work with them. At this stage, they may ask me, “What’s the difference between proofreading and editing? And, how do I know which one I need?”
This post contains more useful information on how you can edit your own work before sending it to a professional editor. There is much you can do more effectively to save on fees.