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Anyone Here Write a Book? This is Frustrating..

Discussion in 'BlackHat Lounge' started by agag2, Nov 22, 2012.

  1. agag2

    agag2 Supreme Member

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    Hello

    I've just about completed a book and I'm looking for a good copy editor to edit my book.

    Whats frustrating is that I requested sample editing from about 7 different expert editors and each one send me back different edits. In other words, no two editors felt that the same words had to be edited. This seems to imply to me that what editor 1 believed is a problem editor 2 believed is fine. And what editor 2 saw as a problem editor 1 believed was just fine.

    I mean if no two editors could agree on one problem - doesn't this just mean that their edits are a matter of opinion? Why should I edit something if 6/7 editors believe its good...?

    I'm not sure how to proceed..

    Thanks
     
  2. Uppa839

    Uppa839 Junior Member

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    What else would you expect?

    There is no exact science to say that "X will make this sentence more darker to match the tone". There will always be a difference of opinion especially in writing.

    For me it was a matter of context. Whenever you edit you should not completely alter someone's work, it should just be focusing on punctuation and grammar unless the work isn't written well enough in which case hardly something you want to publish......then again look at Twilight and 50 shades of grey :dead1:

    What you do now is up to you. Personally I would put your internet skills to action and create several profiles on writing sites such as fictionpress.com where you can show off your other works. You cna get a bit of a following and then market your book.

    It's not too late because the editing process is long. Sometimes when you reread something you wrote you sometimes think "what the hell was I thinking?"
     
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  3. agag2

    agag2 Supreme Member

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    Thanks for reply.

    I understad this but if 6 out of 7 editors could seldom agree on one edit then to me this suggest the edit isn't neccasary so why edit - and pay $2,000 for it - when it won't enhance the text?

    Also is this normal...

    Out of approximatley 1,000 words maybe 10 words needed editing. Is it worth it to invest $2000 - $2500 for this?