The Importance of Book Editing

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You’ve finally finished writing your book. You let your family and friends read it and they sing your praises and ask when you will get it published. One asks about getting a good cover, another asks who will publish it. A couple may mention you have some spelling errors and suggest you go through it and make corrections. Maybe one or two mention grammar. You find a cover designer, decide to self-publish through Amazon or another online publisher. You probably re-read the book and maybe even run it through a spell checker and catch a few spelling errors. What about grammar, punctuation, dropped words, formatting page breaks, adding a table of contents (yes, you do need one)?

You may have the next “Harry Potter” or “Fifty Shades of Grey”, and the cover designer may create a cover so eye-catching it leaps off the shelf. But if your book is sold and readers must struggle through bad (or non-existent) formatting, misspelled words that are distracting, grammar that makes nonsense out of brilliant passages, you can expect poor reviews. Poor reviews make fewer sales and the likelihood any future books you write will be overlooked by potential readers.

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An editor is a big expense and may be the costliest investment in your writing career. There are tons of editors online; some belong to organizations or online publishing groups, some are independent, and more than a few are scammers. How do find the right one for you?

First, what is your budget? An editor can cost anywhere from $500. To as much as $2000 for basic/line editing or proof reading. Line editing and proofreading check for the most basic of grammatical errors. The editor may catch repeated words, and if you’re lucky, may add some color to your prose. This style of editing may include the use of a style guide. The Chicago Manual of Style for example. Keep in mind this is for a standard sized manuscript of 25,000 – 50,000 words. Longer books can cost more.

There are more advanced forms of editing and those are costlier. Style editing involves some re-writing that retains the story while reworking words to make passages more exciting, colorful, or enticing. Rewriting/Show Don’t Tell Editing is more involved. Here the editor will take writing that is lifeless and doesn’t “pop” and turns it into prose that draws the reader into the world of the tale. The reader can see, smell, taste, hear, and feel the action. Content Editing involves extensive rewriting. Entire scenes may be deleted or rearranged, characters may be more fully developed, and plots could be redirected. The entire tone of the manuscript might be changed. Developmental Editing is a combination of all the other types. The editor virtually develops the story further and is the most expensive and extensive form of editing. Entirely new scenes, characters, and even plots may be added.

Since you will be spending a considerable amount of money on this you want to hire someone reputable. I have heard horror stories of scammers who have charged unsuspecting authors as much as $700. and done absolutely nothing. The writer goes on to publish her book and doesn’t know she’s been cheated until the negative reviews roll in. There are a significant number of editors online. You can even find them on Fiverr for a reasonable price. Before forking over your hard-earned cash, do your research! Read reviews, ask for samples, and if at all possible, get referrals from other authors.



In Search Of…

Dragonfly Books is currently seeking reviewers and bloggers. We are pleased to offer e-copies of our books in exchange for honest reviews. Bloggers are invited to contact us if interested in blogging reviews, interviews, or excerpts of our books. We are also setting up blog tours. For more information contact us at:


Attention: Kathy B., Marketing/Media Manager

Facebook Event

ac mitchell duoDragonfly Books is honored to announce the re-release of The Lost Angel and The Queen and the Viper by crime noir author Adam C. Mitchell with a Facebook event. There will be raffles and a big prize drawing.


Meet Jack Malone

Dragonfly Books is proud to present two hard-boiled crime noir books from author Adam C. Mitchell. Bring your Tommy-gun and hang out with us! Prizes and games.”

Mark November 10th on your calendar and join us between 9:00 AM UK time (UTC) and 11:00 PM (EST). If you are an author and would like a set time to talk about your book(s) let us know.

Also attending are author Elizabeth Horton-Newton (The Seductress of Suspense), Media/Marketing Director of Dragonfly Books, Kathy Broggy, and possibly author Neil Douglas Newton (half of the Crazy Writer Couple). Adam will be in and out throughout the day to talk about his books and upcoming releases.

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Adam C. Mitchell

Coming Soon! New Releases!

Dragonfly Books is pleased to announce the coming release of two books from author Adam C. Mitchell; The Lost Angel and The Queen and the Viper.

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The Lost Angel

Eddy Kovakx robs the Lost Angel, Central City’s newest night club, owned by Victor Renetti. Pulling off the job was the easy part. Now on the run with his partner’s broad, the sultry Kimmie Saint Clair, he also has an unstoppable PI on his case. Jack Malone is in hot pursuit thanks to the sadistic mobster Victor, putting a price on Eddy’s head. Can Eddy and Kimmie get away with the money and their lives? Will Jack Malone get his mark? Danger, mystery, and adventure in this noir thriller.


5  Stars Well-Written Crime Story Following Eddy, our Dynamic Anti-Hero

…  an excellent job writing a thrilling and engaging crime drama.

But if my biggest complaint is that I’m dying for more … I guess that’s a good thing, isn’t it?

By  Jon Osterman

 5 stars A Very Good Gangster story

The Lost Angel could be an action movie as it never loses the pace.

In the end, the surprise comes.
The entire plot is clean and not difficult to follow. It’s a very good read.

By Luciana Correa

 queen and viperThe Queen and The Viper: Revised Edition

Policewoman Peggy Ellen has a secret – by night, she’s a caped vigilante, known as The Queen of Spades. Her city is crippled with crime, thanks to the notorious gang the House of Games.
When police Lieutenant Jack Malone, who’s also Peggy’s lover, gets too close to uncovering the truth behind this band of criminals, it’s up to The Queen of Spades to rescue him.
Can she save him in time, or will her rescue plans

fold like a house of cards?


5-Stars  Highly Recommended By Jim Hart

In The Queen and The Viper Adam C. Mitchell proves once again that his character driven novels are packed with action from beginning to end. And that he has the great ability to stay true to the time period and the Noir style his writing flourishes in. Another five star read that you should enjoy as much as his previous novels. Highly recommended.

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Adam C. Mitchell on Amazon 






24 Terrifying Horror Movies Based on True Stories (and Books!) — BOOK RIOT

Looking for a horror movie based on real life? This selection from Book Riot is a good list to start you off. How many of the books have you read? Have you seen the movies?

There’s something so much scarier about knowing that you’re watching horror movies based on true stories. I know with me personally, any home invasion movie has me sleeping with two knives, one for each hand, and a string of bells across every egress route. Maybe even a blowdart booby trap. But I digress. I think…

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Horrors! Writer’s Block!

snoopyOne of the scariest things a writer can face is the dreaded writer’s block. It doesn’t matter where you are in your manuscript; the block can be daunting. You have a terrific idea for a book. It’s been rolling around in your head for a while. The time has come to set it down on paper. You set up your writing space, turn off the phone, do all the neat little things that are part of your writing habits. The blank computer screen stares at you, daring you to begin. Your hands hover over the keyboard. Nothing happens. The longer you stare at the screen, the more unsettled you become. Your great idea hangs like a stone around your neck.

Perhaps you have reached a vital point in your story. It might be a transition, an epiphany, a point you’ve been eager to reach. You just can’t get the words together. Or is this the conclusion? The last few paragraphs before you type The End.

Writer’s Block is not insurmountable. Most writers face it sooner or later. Many writers have suggestions for getting past those frustrating moments. We’ve all heard them. Take a walk, listen to music, meditate, watch a movie or read a book. The truth is the best cure for writer’s block is to write. Maybe you like to journal. Perhaps you blog or make notes about future projects. Do you write book or movie reviews? Whatever your side gig is, this is the time to pull it out. What you write doesn’t have to relate to your current project. Just write. Have you recently had a weird dream? Write it down. Are you planning a vacation or have you just returned from one? Write your itinerary or write about something you saw or did on your trip. beautiful journalist looks typewriter

One of my favorite things to do to break the block is to write out an argument with one or more of my characters. If I can’t get my protagonist to bend to my will, I launch a no holds barred attack on him/her.

Many writers will use writing prompts to get those imagination juices flowing freely once more. This is a good way to overcome the block. The prompt doesn’t have to relate to your project. In fact, it’s usually better if it doesn’t. There are websites that list writing prompts. Don’t be picky about which one you choose. This is only supposed to get you writing. (If you’re lucky it might lead to a new story idea you can store away for the future.) Some prompts are pictures that require you to write about the action you imagine is taking place. Here are a few of both kinds that you might find useful.


“Sometimes you have to do something wrong to get what you need.”


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“I hesitated as my hand reached for the door wondering if it was locked.”

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“It was the most difficult decision I ever had to make.



“He knew my answer before I spoke.”



“They found something.”

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Some useful sites.