Editing & Editors

Elements Of A Manuscript Critique

Elements Of A Manuscript Critique

Manuscript critique services The three primary reasons you want to hire a book editor for a manuscript critique and evaluation: You want to know: 1) Is it salable? 2) Is it good enough to offer to a literary agent or publisher? 3) Should you go through the expense of...

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10 Questions To Ask Before You Hire A Book Editor

10 Questions To Ask Before You Hire A Book Editor

Even for those people who’ve established themselves with successful careers outside the publishing world, editing is a brand new and unfamiliar experience. For this reason, it’s important to find an editor whose experience closely matches your needs.

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Why Book Editors Need Samples Before Quoting A Price

Why Book Editors Need Samples Before Quoting A Price

The #1 question we get is: “How much will it cost to edit my book?” Here's why book editors can't give you a blind price quote: The Writer Is English your first language? Did you ace every English class you took? Do you write in dialect or “proper English?” Are you a...

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Hire a Professional Proofreader

Hire a Professional Proofreader

Online Proofreading Services I have lost count of how many times I’ve been the cleanup crew for another company purporting to be professional proofreaders or editors. Authors find me for help after their book is out in the world, serviced by subpar editors. They share...

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33 Essential Self-Editing Tips for Writers

33 Essential Self-Editing Tips for Writers

When I copy edit a manuscript, I make at least hundreds—and usually thousands—of changes to adhere to the rules of grammar, Merriam-Webster, and Chicago Manual of Style (the “bible” of the book publishing industry). By adhering to the 33 tips below, you can do a...

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11 Self-Editing Techniques For Fiction Writers

11 Self-Editing Techniques For Fiction Writers

Self-Editing Fiction Many published authors will tell you they spend twice as much time self-editing and revising than they did writing the first draft. As an author of historical fiction, I feel that self-editing is the most creative and important part of writing a...

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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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