Book Review: Self-Editing on a Penny by Ashlyn Forge


Self-Editing on a Penny

Ashlyn Forge

Genre: Reference (Writing)

Independent writers face most of their challenges when their draft is finished. Sure, you go through and do your first edit yourself but then what? You’ll see advice everywhere that you should hire a professional editor. In fact, there are several types of editors you’re supposed to hire. Every one of them is expensive, if they’re worth it. So, what’s a broke indie writer to do? You turn to guides like this one.

Every indie writer starts collecting various reference books and books of writing advice. I picked up this one on a discount and I am so happy that I did. The book is broken up into sections about each type of editing and each of those breaks down various specifics to make the job easier. She did not leave out discussing hiring an editor since that is still the best option. However, when that isn’t possible, having this book to help guide you can certainly help with polishing that finished manuscript.

This is a book that I am very glad to have. It will have a permanent home on my tablet so that I can reference it again and again in the future. If you’re planning to self-publish, it’s a good tool to have available to you as well.