A lot of revision advice goes back to this: print out your novel. Grab a red pen and park yourself in a chair and write out painstaking notes between the lines and in the margins. It’s the best way, they say. Meanwhile, you whimper at the cost of printing out all that paper, or the task of having to leaf through all those notes.
Here’s a simpler way to do it: turn your manuscript into an .epub document and read it over in iBooks.
Obviously, this isn’t a perfect solution for everyone. Not everyone has an iSomething. And there might be an Android equivalent or way of doing this (and if there is, someone please tell me). But it’s one of the best ways of getting that “reading it over like it was a real book” box checked without killing half a tree.
There are a couple ways to do this. The one I use is with the help of a a site called ePub Bud. Once you create an account, you can upload your story in its entirety—description, cover, text, everything. It also lets you divide your story into chapters, which is great for organization.
Once you’ve done all that, email the link to your story to yourself. Don’t worry—unless you have it listed as public, the only way people can read your story is if they have the link. Then all you have to is open the email on your iDevice, click ‘view in iBooks’, and you’re set.
Wasn’t that easy?
The great thing about this is you can pretty much do everything you would want to if it was paper. Through the highlighting and notes functions, you can keep track of all the things you might want to change. Better yet, when you click on the ‘notes’ tab, you’ll have all your notes and highlights listed for you. And unlike with a paper copy, if you want to do a general search for a word or phase, iBooks can do that for you.
Leave me a comment if you’ve tried this idea out. I hope it helps!
Disclaimer: haha. Not sponsored by Apple. I’m not cool enough for that.