Hello! Are you an author? A content creator?
Are you ready to Self-Edit your work with clarity, confidence, and creativity?
My goal is to help you do just that.
When you become a capable self-editor, you:
discover and embrace your writing strengths.
learn to kick your self-editing stumbling blocks to the curb.
elevate your writing skills to a new level.
publish with confidence, knowing your work is in great shape.
delight readers with well-edited books, posts, and articles they’ll love to read.
How Does Effective Self-Editing Help You?
Self-editing reduces editing cost and time
Editors and proofreaders typically charge by the word or page. By reducing repetition, redundancy, and filler words, self-editing produces more compact manuscripts. When done well, the process also decreases the amount of editing required because there are fewer mistakes to correct.
Self-editing improves your writing skills
Writing and editing skills are naturally intertwined, and both come from a familiarity with the guidelines. A reliable grasp of grammar, punctuation, and sentence structure is a valuable tool, along with a well-stocked vocabulary. Learning to self-edit teaches you to write more succinctly and effectively.
Self-editing lets you self-publish with confidence
If you choose to self-publish, you may be able to skip hiring an editor, although a beta reader or proofreader are valuable assets. They have the objectivity to catch errors you may overlook due to your familiarity with the manuscript.
Self-editing helps you delight your readers
Readers love a well-edited book because it makes reading effortless and rewarding. That’s a must if you want to transform readers into steadfast fans who eagerly await your next creation. Happy readers also tend to share their enthusiasm for your work with others.
Four Pathways to Self-Editing Success
PATH 1: Identify and Fix the Most Obvious Issues
Editing issues are not on the same level in terms of importance. Some are more likely than others to be spotted by readers. If you’re short on time and struggling to write a lot of content fast, this is an excellent place to start. Learn to avoid common pitfalls that your readers might spot and learn how to bypass them.
PATH 2: Obtain an Editing Assessment
Benefit from an assessment of your writing by a professional editor with twenty-five years of experience. A sample edit is included, along with an explanation of the changes. Get a personalized self-editing system that works for you and grows with you no matter what you write or how you plan to publish.
PATH 3: Use Editing Software for Quick Wins
Objectivity is the key to getting solid results from your self-editing efforts. With editing software as an objective partner, you’ll spot potential issues you might never discover on your own. Learn how and when to implement apps for the best results. Even better, you’ll discover how to transform and elevate everything you write.
PATH 4: Access the Self-Editing System
Master a step-by-step system for self-editing your manuscript (or your blog posts and articles). The path to self-editing success involves optimizing your strengths and turning your stumbling blocks into building blocks. You’ll start with a tested process that will help you identify what to enhance and what to transform.
I’m Sandi, the Editor-in-Residence at Self-Edited Writer.
As a professional editor for more than twenty-five years, I’ve learned a few things about the craft of writing and the art of editing.
But don’t worry. I’m not the stuffy, gotta-be-perfect kind of editors you might be imagining.
Yes, I do have a solid background in the rules of grammar and sentence structure, but I focus equally on the stories writers tell and the ideas they share.
You don’t have to morph into a grammar guru to conquer the self edit. My mission is to help you develop the skills and confidence to self-edit your work so your unique style can shine through!
I believe self-editing can be rewarding and enjoyable. All it takes is a bit of skill, a dash of creativity, and a can-do attitude.
If that sounds like you, you can use the form (just to the right of this intro) to connect. I send weekly-ish emails to the creative, idea-driven writers and self-editors who join my inner-circle list. It’s like having a seasoned editor on speed-dial!
“I’ve worked with five editors on various projects, and none of them match Sandi’s skill, knowledge, and cooperative style. She does more than edit; she works with the author.“
“Sandi is a wonderfully talented editor. Her contribution to this book was tremendous, and I thank her beyond what words can describe.“