Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Editing with Kindle

I'm taking a break from editing to write this post about editing . . . There are a few different ways I edit, but this is what I do at the very, very end.

If you have a kindle there's an option called send-to-kindle. You can right click on a document on your computer and swoosh off it goes to your e-reader. One thing I've noticed about myself, is I always edit better in a different font. When you spend a lot of time reading the same words over and over and over, your eyes begin to glaze a bit. By putting your ms in a different format, mistakes stick out.

My ms has gone to various cps, back to me, then to my editor and back to me again. And yet ALL of us missed this.

She nodded, and we sat. I chomped into the apple. It tasted nice and crisp. "What's your story? Why would steal? You can get killed for that."

Do you see it? Because somehow after endless hours of editing, everyone missed 'you'. It's one of those instances where your mind naturally fills in the missing word. I'm sure the proofreader would have caught it, but I noticed it when reading my ms on my kindle.

I've noticed other things too, like an extra space here, a missing period there, two paragraphs in a row that start with the same word, ect. Sometimes those things are harder to catch on a computer screen.

If you've never tried reading your ms on an e-reader or even your cellphone, try it. I'd love to know what you catch!







13 comments:

  1. I just did this with my MS and felt like Galileo - there was SO much that I missed. When I turned my MS over to my agent this time, I felt so confident that it was the cleanest copy I'd ever given her. GREAT ADVICE!!

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  2. Great idea! If you use Scrivener, it generates Kindle .mobi files too. I also have my Macbook "read" to me. The voice is fair, but you really find gaps and mistakes when hearing them.

    Cheers,
    JM

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    1. I just bought a mac mini. Now I have to go check out the read me voice. I can't stand the pc one.

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  3. I've found reading the whole thing out loud really helps to catch things like this, as well as repetitive phrases/words. For me the Kindle was a great option for reading before larger picture edits to get a good picture of how the whole story works and flows and how the voice sounds, because it forces me to read without editing. For line edits though I think changing the font or reading aloud is more effective than Kindle.

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  4. I completely agree with you. Although I have a Nook, I save the doc, email it to myself, and then download it onto my Nook. Works like a charm and definitely gives me a fresh perspective of my work.

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  5. Besides just the fun of seeing my manuscript on a reader, it definitely helps to get it off the computer screen. This is why I line edit on paper.

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  6. I totally need to see my ms in a different font/format in order to edit properly. I can't figure out why, but the ms seems completely different that way and it's easier to spot awkward prose or progressions.
    Good luck when you go back to editing! :-)

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  7. Yes, it definitely helps to read the document in different formats. I find reading it line by line backwards helps too.

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  8. I have one of the early models of Kobo. It easy to load my ms on it to read off a PDF file. I haven't tried the voice software on my MacBook. I did use it for PC a long time ago, but haven't since. I forgot about it.

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  9. I've been reading my newly finished draft on my Kindle and it is very helpful.

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  10. I've never used my Kindle to do editing, but that's a good idea. It really helps me to see my work in a different font and medium so when I feel like I can't read my MS anymore, I print it all off, and take a break for it for a day or two then I start to revise again. I caught so many missed words, typos, missing comas, etc that way. But next time I might just save the ink and paper and send it to my Kindle. Great advice :)

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