I received many questions lately on the topic of how to get your writing published. The questions were about self-publishing and traditional book and magazine publishers. I noticed a common obstacle keeping all of these talented writers from getting published. The common obstacle blocking their success was a lack of knowledge or understanding of editing.
In today's rushed lifestyle, many people hurry their projects along. Deadlines, family and personal responsibilities, all compete for your attention. However, to carve out a successful writing career, you must follow what the publishing industry wants. This is true for book publishers, magazine editors and self-publishing as well.
Editing, unlike proofreading, grooms your writing. It prepares your writing for the public. Your readers will garner more information and enjoyment from your writing. Proofreading is scanning the surface part of your writing. You check for spelling errors, grammar and punctuation.
Editing polishes the inside or depth of your writing. Here you concentrate on style and content. This is where your writing pops with clarity and oozes with content that you simply cant put down.
To make this mundane part of writing, efficient and easy, there are several wonderful services and pieces of software that can help.
First, you can hire someone to edit for you. You can pay as little as $5 per 1000 words at fiverr.com or, you can hire a freelance editor on sites like elance.com.
The second choice we have today is the use of technology. A few years ago, most of the grammar and style checkers were not good. Today it is different. There are a few pieces of software and online companies that make the task of editing a breeze.
My personal favorite software is StyleWriter version 4. It is a program that works seamlessly with Microsoft Word. StyleWriter can help with jargon, loose writing, spelling, grammar, overused phrases and the like. It is quick and easy to learn and comes with a 14-day free trial. You can find it here: http://www.stylewriter-usa.com/
Another good product that you can access online is Grammarly.com. This tool is wonderful for grammar. They have a 7-day free trial.
Editing is an essential skill to know. Unlike many writers in ages past, you do not have to labor for years learning how to do it.
By learning to edit your writing, you will put yourself ahead of the pack when it comes to publishing. You will find your work accepted by book and magazine publishers quicker. If you self-publish, you will discover you will have more avid readers, which in turn means more sales. However you decide to publish your work, editing your writing equals faster and more plentiful success.
It does not matter if you hire someone or use one of the newer pieces of software technology.
What matters is doing it! Go ahead now, edit your work, submit it, and watch your publishing success climb.
Bluedolphin Crow is the writer for BellaOnline's Nonfiction Writing Site. Why not circle her on Google+?