How do you turn a story from a frog, into a prince?


So many stories, and books, with huge potential fall, at the last post due to careless or non existent editing. Poor grammar, spelling mistakes, and inconsistencies in the plot add to their downfall. I’m as guilty as the next person, to some extent, as I have a problem with commas and similar sounding words, such as loath (reluctant) and loathe (to hate or despise). That said, I do try to learn from my mistakes and try not to repeat them.Β 


Editing, whether self editing or hiring an editor, is essential. A piece of writing should ideally be groomed and polished as much as possible, until it gleams! I self edit, with the aid of a gem of a little tool, called Natural Free Reader. This, as the name implies, offers a free or paid version of an editing tool that reads your manuscript back to you, thus making it easier to spot errors.


But some writers are either too lazy, or too stubborn, to bother with editing. I remember a heated debate about this subject on the writers site, Authonomy. One young man had received more than one criticism about his poor spelling, plot holes, etc, and had started a thread on the forum, decrying, what he saw as, negative reviews. In reality the feedback was intended to help him improve his work, but he considered himself to be a writing genius, who was above such things. He stated that when, not if, he got a mainstream publisher, they would do all the editing for him. Unbelievable! Not only was this point of view breathtakingly arrogant, it’s an utter fallacy for the most part.


If a writer can’t be bothered submitting a pristine manuscript, a publisher will not read it. There are exceptions to this, of course. One bestselling novel, I won’t mention the title, but the subject is erotica, is apparently full of editing gaffes. Even so, there is no excuse not to offer the reading public the very best quality of writing.

The Frog Prince

So come on, fellow writers, turn those frogs into princes and be proud of your work. πŸ˜€






18 Responses to “How do you turn a story from a frog, into a prince?”

  1. Do you have a link to “Natural Free Reader” Katrina? I’d like to take a look at it.

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  2. Reblogged this on Chris The Story Reading Ape's Blog and commented:
    Kate explains how πŸ˜€

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  3. Read. Rinse and repeat! πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

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  4. Absolutely. I think this message needs to repeated loudly and often.

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    • I have posted about this before, yet the message doesn’t seem to reach some writers. What’s more alarming is that mainstream publishers are releasing work, as mentioned above, that falls way below standard. It shows a distinct lack of repsect for the reading public, in my view.

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      • As a reader I’m popped out by every error, and if there are too many, I lose my ability to become immersed in the story. A great story may be unreadable to me, and I certainly won’t recommend it to others or pick up another one of the person’s books. The writers who don’t take proofing seriously not only hurt themselves but give readers a poor impression of indie publishing in general.

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  5. Back when I tried the NaturalReader free download, it interrupted the playback every few minutes with a “buy me” message. I didn’t like that, when I was editing my manuscript. Then I found Balabolka, which downloaded free with no advertising strings attached. It works with just about any SAPI 4 and SAPI 5 voices you can add to your system, and you can tweak the pronunciation. Because I have visual disabilities that make screen reading difficult, I don’t use an e-reader, so I also use Balabolka to convert digital books and web pages to audio. Despite their flaws, text-to-speech generators are a godsend to writers and readers.

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    • That’s true, about the interruptions. I haven’t really looked into alternatives,as I’m currently working on another book and haven’t reached the editing stage yet.


  6. Excellent article.

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  7. Good post with sound advice, but I’m not sure how I feel about your choice of metaphor, because that would make me a frog-kisser-for-hire. πŸ™‚


  8. Thanks, Kate, for your wise advice. People who don’t think editing is necessary must never talk to other writers. It’s hard to understand that kind of reasoning. Of course, they will find out their error in time, but that time’s been wasted.

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    • Spot on, Suzanne. Most readers will not read badly edited books, and if they do, are unlikely to purchase any more from the same author. Reputation is everything.


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