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Your First Draft is Complete, Now What?:
Before you edit, check for these common errors

Congratulations on conquering the blank page and completing your first draft!

As an author, your primary aim is to ensure your readers can fully engage with your message without distractions. Now that your initial draft is done, it’s time to embark on the editing journey.

But before you hand your manuscript off to a professional editor for copyediting or line editing, equip yourself with the essential tool: “Your First Draft is Complete, Now What?” This book serves as your editing checklist, targeting common issues frequently encountered in first drafts. While some items on this list may indeed be errors (such as misspellings or incorrect word usage), many are subtle distractions or unnecessary fluff that could hinder your manuscript’s potential.

Tailored for writers using American English in non-fiction projects, this guide enhances your writing without delving into the intricacies of English grammar and punctuation. Instead, it focuses on improving your overall writing quality, making your editor’s job smoother whether you’re self-publishing or pursuing traditional routes.

Recognizing that “proper” grammar can be subjective depending on your learned style manual, this book navigates various style conventions, allowing you to make informed choices about your writing style.

Don’t allow common errors to derail your writing journey. Order your copy of “Your First Draft is Complete, Now What?” today and approach the editing process with confidence and clarity.

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My guiding light has always been to ensure that the reading experience for the vast majority of my readers is as smooth as possible. Of course, for those who are sticklers for “proper” grammar, I’m going to irritate them. But a reminder that what’s “proper” often depends on which style manual you learned.

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