Editing & Editors

Choosing an Independent Book Editor

Choosing an Independent Book Editor

You need an editor—of that much you are certain. But how can you avoid falling prey to incompetent, untrained, or inexperienced pretenders who may insert more errors than they correct? (Yes, it happens alarmingly often.) And how can you avoid falling prey to the scammers?

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Should You Meet Your Editor Before You Sign a Contract?

My publishing house was located in Aurora, Colorado, not exactly a known hub for publishing. I've probably critiqued and/or line-edited somewhere between 300 and 400 manuscripts. Granted, some were repeat authors, but I only remember meeting six before I either signed...

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Editing a Nonfiction Book

Editing a Nonfiction Book

I find that many of the nonfiction writers I work with are maybe just a little too smart for their own good. I say this with affection and appreciation for how hard it is to communicate paragraph after paragraph of complex information and insight in a coherent way....

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The Art of Editing Fiction

The Art of Editing Fiction

Fiction Editing Fiction is an art, and editors must be respectful of that. Typically, the best fiction engages readers in such a way that they fully embrace the alternate universe created by the writer and immediately "get" this other world. There should be no...

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Choosing an Editor for Your Science Fiction Manuscript

Choosing an Editor for Your Science Fiction Manuscript

More than in any other genre of fiction, readers of science fiction want to be challenged. Most science fiction readers consider themselves intellectually gifted due to their ability to stretch their minds around conceptual advances contained within a story. Boring,...

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Author-Editor Triads

Author-Editor Triads

The Author-Editor Relationship There’s lots of information out there for writers about how to write, and for editors about how to edit. But not much about how to interact with each other. It used to be that authors and editors were separated by a publishing house....

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How to Choose a Copy Editor

How to Choose a Copy Editor

Who needs a copy editor? For a year now (or two, or ten), you have been hammering away at your manuscript, revising and reworking every scene and nuance until you know the characters better than you know your spouse. You have sacrificed sleep, dinner with friends,...

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Developmental Fiction Editing

Developmental Fiction Editing

I’d like to preface by saying two things. First, hiring a freelance book editor is not going to guarantee you a publishing contract. Second, editors approach their work differently. To be clear, the information that I am sharing applies to me and only me. I am not...

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Beware the Lowball: Editing Rate Quotes

Beware the Lowball: Editing Rate Quotes

Why Different Editors Quote Different Fees You'll note that this site contains articles to help writers learn how to select an editor. Of course, we think you should strongly consider an editor from our freelance network. At a minimum, we want you to be an educated...

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Developmental (Content) Editing Comes Before Copyediting

Developmental (Content) Editing Comes Before Copyediting

The Book Construction Process I like to think of editing fiction as the construction of a building. For new writers who are interested in or who have already reached out to an editing professional, I find this “picture” helps to give a sense of the chronology when it...

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How Does a Developmental Editor Work with a Writer?

How Does a Developmental Editor Work with a Writer?

Before you submit your manuscript to an agent or publisher ... And before you pay for copyediting or proofreading ... For a writer seeking to find an agent and/or publisher, working with a developmental editor before submission is an invaluable advantage. Once a...

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