Train wreck at Montparnasse 1895

In my recent hunt for a copy editor I came across Lisa Kelly-Wilson’s website. Lisa worked as an editor for indie authors like: Hugh Howey, Robert Brumm, and David Simpson. Her site is a collection of tips and tricks for dealing with everything from editors, publishers, even covering cover design. I could see it becomes a  solid resource for every new author out there.

She created a pretty handy guide I wanted to share: Lisa Kelly-Wilson’s Common Errors of Indie Authors (70kb PDF). Download it, and do your best to follow it. Your readers and editor will thank you.

(The image above has nothing to do with anything other than the word “error.” While looking for an image for this article I hit this wikipedia article and the image associated made me laugh. Talk about an error.)


  1. Yep. I’ve been guilty of all these. It helps to have other people read your work and catch these things. After awhile, you read your story so many times and you just don’t see these things anymore. For instance, I had a story that was originally written in the first person. I changed it to third. After several redrafts and reading it over and over, I STILL missed one “I.” Fortunately, one of my readers caught it. I probably never would have seen it.

    Thanks for the post!


    1. Wow, turning first person narrative to third and only missing one I!? Boggles my mind man, that had to be one hell of a rewrite.

      I totally have made all these mistakes, over and over and over again. You’re right, this is why we have beta readers. :)

      I think I can tell a good story, but I’ll be the first to admit I’m prone to a lot of mistakes.


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