Editing & Editors

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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Why You Need a Children’s Picture Book Editing Specialist

Why You Need a Children’s Picture Book Editing Specialist

You’ve always wanted to do it, and now you finally have. It’s an exhilarating, wonderful feeling, and you have every reason to feel proud. You’ve written that children’s picture book—and you’re fired up and ready to publish. But stop. Before you slip your manuscript...

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Hire a Book Editor? Mark Levine Interviews Lynda Lotman

Hire a Book Editor? Mark Levine Interviews Lynda Lotman

1. Is there a difference between an editor who edits other mediums (magazines, web copy, etc.) and one who specializes in books? Absolutely, because the goals differ, especially for fiction. Newspaper, magazine, and web editors trim and delete to narrow the focus to...

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The Value Of Editors

The Value Of Editors

Recently, the New York Times notified their editorial staff that they were going to lay off or buy out half of them. So the editorial staff published an open letter to Executive Editor Dean Baquet and Managing Editor Joe Kahn. In it, they describe some of what we...

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Facts and Emotions

Facts and Emotions

Sometimes we editors have to distance ourselves from a manuscript. Sometimes that happens when the scope of work requires a lighter touch from the editor than would best serve the manuscript. For example, a manuscript might be difficult to follow, sparse in its...

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Food In Fiction

Food In Fiction

How many of us have favorite books in which there is a food that drives the plot or characterization or just makes the story more interesting? How many of us remember those foods fondly? Maybe those foods make the book even more memorable. Maybe we even associate the...

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