Editing & Editors

How To Use Embedded Comments

How To Use Embedded Comments

Do you use Word's “embedded comments” feature? It's a tool I use every day when I am editing, but I also find it extremely handy when I am writing. I often want to leave a note to myself about a character or a plot idea or some back-story, but without stopping to find...

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Why You Should Hire A Professional Book Editor

Why You Should Hire A Professional Book Editor

Recently, the New York Times notified their editorial staff that they were going to lay off 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 editors...

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Top 5 Reasons You Need A Professional Beta Reader

Top 5 Reasons You Need A Professional Beta Reader

What is a beta reader? A beta reader, at the behest of an author, reviews and provides feedback on a work of fiction before it is submitted to agents or publishers. Beta readers, like "beta testers" in the software industry, look for inherent flaws in a product before...

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7 Ways To Save Money On Your Edit

7 Ways To Save Money On Your Edit

You can save money on your edit. I have received literally hundreds of manuscripts. Every one is its own universe. An edit cannot be a flat rate depending on word count (or, in the old days, page count.) Some manuscripts are submitted with, for example, a lot of...

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Editing for Sport: Q&A with John Ethier, Author

Editing for Sport: Q&A with John Ethier, Author

John Ethier’s novel, a basketball thriller titled The Little Red Boat, was edited by Marie Valentine of Book Editing Associates. Here, she gets more information on his process. MV: Tell us about your book. JE: The Little Red Boat is the story of two friends, Jamie and Angel, who come from a small town in northern […]

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What Agents and Editors Look for in a First Chapter

What Agents and Editors Look for in a First Chapter

It’s a truth universally acknowledged that as much as an agent or editor might wish otherwise, they will never be able to read each and every page of the projects they have in on submission. They have to eat, pay attention to pesky children and spouses, and occasionally even read other books so they have […]

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Talking Sex With Gore Vidal

Talking Sex With Gore Vidal

The publication of journalist Tim Teeman's biography In Bed with Gore Vidal: Hustlers, Hollywood, and the Private World of an American Master (Magnus) for the first time looks at Vidal's romantic and sexual lives and their influence on his writing and political...

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The Do’s and Don’ts of Writers’ Conferences

The Do’s and Don’ts of Writers’ Conferences

It's that time of year when many of my writer and illustrator friends and I are deep in preparation for what many of us consider the highlight our creative year-our regional Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI) conference. As an aside, if you're...

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Nonfiction Books Require In-Depth Editing

by Sarah Anderson Much of the advice for writers is targeted toward fiction writing and is not particularly helpful for nonfiction writers, many of whom are not writers by vocation or avocation. They did not start writing stories or poems when they were in grade school, and they have not spent years honing the use […]

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