One of my new friends, Jamie McLachlan, has written a post with editing tips. Below you’ll find what I find to be a golden nugget for editing the dreaded lie v. lay that I still struggle with.
I don’t think any of us in the modern writing world are safe from needing the occasional (to constant) help of the grammar gods. I wish the grammar gods would just wave their magic grammar-wands and make my work right. Thanks to the heavy demands on authors today, I rarely can afford a proper editor and merely read my own work backwards shortly after I’ve finished it (and often poorly and half-asleep, at that). I am no island. I welcome help. Jamie has kindly offered some, so if you want some tips on editing your own work,take advantage of her (ooh that sounds fun) and click this link to the lovely and charming Jamie McLachlin for an in-depth blog post on her site. Below you will find one “example”-nugget for you to chew on in the meantime.
One Golden Tip from Jamie
The ever-frustrating Lie v. Lay:
“You on point, Phife?
All the time, Tip!
Then grab the microphone and let your words rip!”
Just go about your business and don’t get too attached to any one medium. In other words, don’t spend all your time on Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, Pinterest, LinkedIn, etc. Also, don’t completely trust yourself to just iBooks, Kobo, Amazon, or Smashwords. You should be ready in case one of these suddenly fails. Your writing business should persevere without dependence on only one avenue. Also, when it comes to social media it can be a bit deceptive. Really, you don’t get the sales from tweeting/posting that you might think you get. The most helpful thing is popularity on the various sales channels you are using. Amazon Rank, Reviews, and just gold old fashioned sales is what drives an author’s popularity. The best thing you can do is keep writing and stay on point. There are some good people out there who it will be a pleasure to befriend. Consider buying as many books as you can afford, reading them, reviewing them, and interacting with the authors you like. This will inspire you and teach you. Also, it’s fun. Remember, though, that there happen to be trolls and other nasty people out there, so use common sense always. That’s a sad fact of internet life.