Editing Matters

One of the biggest issues with the stories submitted for consideration for the Darrell Awards is editing. Typoes, extra commas, missing commas, bad choices of words — these things matter, especially when they distract from enjoying the story.

A strong story can sometimes overcome bad editing, but good editing gives a better base to build the story upon.

If you are going to publish your own work or use a print-on-demand publisher or any other arrangement where there is no professional editing, PLEASE do yourself a favor and pay for a professional editor to proof-read and correct your work before it goes to print or ebook form.

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(This was originally posted on the Darrell Awards page on facebook as a Discussion topic. Facebook is ending the Discussions & this is too long for a Wall post. So, it is being shared here.)

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About Darrell Awards

The Darrell Awards are presented annually in support of Midsouth Literacy by recognizing the best published Science Fiction, Fantasy and/or Horror in Short Story, Novella, Novel, Young Adult and Other Media formats. Our related Dal Coger Memorial Hall of Fame Award is given for an author who has made exceptional contributions to Midsouth Literacy by having published a substantial body of work that is or would have been eligible for the Darrell Award. The Darrell Awards and the Coger Hall of Fame award are presented at MidSouthCon, held in March of each year in the Memphis, Tennessee area. Please see the entries and pages on this blog, as well as any files linked from here for more information. You can also find us on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/pages/Darrell-Awards/147521910015 and on Twitter at @darrellawards.

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