Okay, so we all know that it’s generally a bad idea to self-edit. When you edit your own work, it is quite easy to let your knowledge of the story and your own intentions to color the editing job. The human mind is a master of filling in the blanks and you’ll find missing words inserted, misspelled words corrected, and extraneous words edited out, all because YOU know what’s up.
Of course, the problem arises that, well, many of us out in Starving Authorland simply don’t have the cash to get professional editing, even if you have cheap sources for it (SHAMELESS PLUG INSERTED HERE). So I’m going to reveal what, to me, is the secret if you find that you must self-edit.