Self-editing is important. With a cleaner manuscript, you’ll get better results from your beta readers. If you hire an editor —especially one who charges by the hour—you’ll save a little money. And even if you decide to pitch to an agent or self-publish without professional editorial services (though I can't recommended that!), your chance for success will improve.
Yet I’m often surprised how many authors skip the easiest, quickest, most elemental methods for self-editing. Here are seven:
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