We all know that after writing comes editing. It’s good to work with professional editors, but there are tips and tricks and tools that you can use before working with an editor that can help you save a bit of time and money.
Here are a few.
Etherpad: “A highly customizable Open Source online editor providing collaborative editing in really real-time.”
Grammarly: “Compose bold, clear, mistake-free writing with Grammarly’s AI-powered writing assistant.”
Fidus Writer: “Fidus Writer is an online collaborative editor especially made for academics who need to use citations and/or formulas. The editor focuses on the content rather than the layout, so that with the same text, you can later on publish it in multiple ways: On a website, as a printed book, or as an ebook.”
“Google Docs will let you natively edit Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint files soon” on The Verge: In case you want to collaborate in the cloud.
“How To Cleanly Export From Google Docs to HTML” on TechJunkie: Helps maintain styling.
Dear Editor: “Where writers write to get it right.”
“How to Revise your Manuscript: First Draft to Final Draft” on Lisa Poisso: Nicely lays out all the steps in revising and editing, and recommends some tools.
“How to Get That Manuscript Right” on Publisher’s Weekly: Three different approaches to writing a manuscript.
“Editing for Authors: 7 Ways to Tighten the Story and Cut Costs” on Kristen Lamb: Good tips for how you can clean up your manuscript to save you time and money with your editor.
Editorial Freelancers Association: For when you’re ready to find your editor.
And last, for fun: an infographic about editing versus proof-reading on PR Daily.