Is self-editing like a self-prostrate exam? While there are videos for self-editing, there are no videos for conducting a self-prostate examination. After trying to self-edit my first book, I realized why there were no videos for a self-prostrate exam.
As I started self-editing my first book, I would read what I had written a day or two ago and after a few pages, I would give up saying to myself, “I wrote the book, it is fine. Rereading what I had written is an exercise in futility. Besides, if I wrote the book, it must be perfect with no imperfections.” I ran with that thought until I published my book and gave a few copies to my friends to read.
In a few days my best friend emailed me saying, “UH! Mike there are a lot of grammatical and punctuation mistakes in your book.” I was astonished! How could that be? So, I shallowed my pride and gave the manuscript to my wife Shelia (not misspelled). Shelia had spent her career writing, editing and proof reading documents that were presented to shareholders and prospective investors. for over 14 years.
She read the manuscript and asked, “”Did you flunk English?”
My modest response, “Why would you ask?”
Her simple reply, ” From what I was trying to read, I would have to say you did flunk English.”
From that day forth I was no longer going to suffer any more self-inflicted mental anguish than that already suffered with my first and last attempt at self-editing. Now, once I finish my newest book, I pass my masterpiece to my resident editor. Problem solved. Another reason why you should marry up gentlemen.