All sorts of writing tips can be found on the internet. Some are worth your time, and some are not. The best advice is to keep reading, learning, writing, and trusting your instincts. At some point, you will also need someone you can trust to help you develop your writing skills.
Be proactive about your unique journey
There are many paths to the same goal. I chose to study a university program, because I knew I needed a structured environment to learn the basics. I also knew I needed to interact with other writers who were serious about writing. This provided a middle ground where I felt safe enough to experiment with my work. Your journey won’t be the same. Take the plunge, trust what feels right for you, and take the steps that will bring you closer to your goal.
Supercharge your creativity
Be ready for the surprises your imagination throws at you. If you are lucky enough to have a mentor who will read your work regularly and give critical feedback, that is ideal.
If this is more than a hobby for you and you feel you’re ready, you can employ a professional editor to help you improve your manuscript. Finding an editor is difficult, and it can have disastrous results if you choose the wrong person.
For Australian publications, I use the Macquarie Dictionary and the Style manual for authors, editors and printers (6th edition); for US publications, I use the Chicago Manual of Style and the Merriam-Webster Dictionary. I can also edit according to your own defined style, and I can create style sheets for consistency throughout the manuscript.
I was uncertain when it came to editors, as the last editor I used didn’t tell me where I went wrong or what should be fixed up. Then I met Georgia, and she led me in the right direction. It was uplifting, and my faith in editors has been renewed. I know that finding a great editor is a little daunting because you have just put all your time and effort into something that is valuable to you. But believe me, it is worth having your work looked over by someone professional. Thanks Georgia for making my dreams believable. You rock!! And I look forward to working with you some more. Cheers.
—Wanika Fazekas, Author of Contemporary Romance Ella.
I really enjoyed working with Georgia. The lines of communication were always open so any questions either of us had were promptly dealt with. Georgia not only understood my style but her edits made the text of my manuscript flow seamlessly. I truly benefited and learned to hone my writing skills through her valuable suggestions/edits. I was also impressed by the speed and accuracy of her assessment, particularly her attention to the detail at pinpointing any kind of problem. I would highly recommend Georgia Carter Mathers. I believe I learned better skills through her editing and it’s helped me to become a better writer.
Kim Michelle Ross
I perform structural editing for $0.02 per word on manuscripts under 60K words.
For manuscripts longer than this, I charge $0.015 for structural editing.
I perform copyediting (minor plot suggestions, grammar, and word choice edits) for $0.01 per word on manuscripts under 60K words.
For manuscripts longer than this, I charge $0.08 per word on manuscripts over 60K words.
If you know you are going to need editing, but you want to pay in installments ahead of time, we can organize regular payments.
But for a job you need done right now, I require 50% up-front when I start the job, and 50% when I complete the editing.
To book an editing slot, my email address is info[at]georgiacartermathers.com