Category Archives: Editing

3 Steps to Choosing The Perfect Freelance Editor

Digital publishing allows writers everywhere to become authors. One of the most important steps in getting your work polished for self-publishing is to hire a freelance editor for conceptual feedback and line edits. You can find many freelance editors with a search engine, but how do you know which editor is right for you?

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Style Sheet: A Conversation with My Copyeditor

 

Style Sheet A Conversation with My Copyeditor

I’ve fallen in love with my copyeditor Susan Bradanini Betz.  Not only did she find all the mantle/mantel homonym errors in my novel manuscript, she also helped me with my commas and discovered a couple of embarrassing inconsistencies.  (“First she had a briefcase,” one of her notes reads.  “Now it’s a suitcase.”)  She is both respectful of style and sharp as knives about grammar.  Also, she said she’d read a sequel to my book — if not a whole series! — so of course I love her.

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To Publish or Pass: The Editorial Meeting & Selecting Books for Publication

Publishers don’t decide which books they’re going to publish while sitting alone in a dark room with one little lamp burning. It’s not a secretive process and it’s not just a matter of a singular person’s whims or personal tastes. Rather, this initial step in the traditional publishing process — where a book is chosen for print and its author receives an advance — is collaborative and driven by business decisions — hopefully smart ones.

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More English Grammar and Punctuation Rules That Drive Us All Nuts

Sometimes you learn a whole lot more by being wrong about something than right. And that’s the case in what I wrote in my last Grammar and Punctuation blog about placement of exclamation points and question marks relative to quotation marks.

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5 Ways to Find the Right Freelance Book Editor

If you’re ready to hire and work with an editor, you may not know the first thing about how to start looking for one or how to evaluate candidates once you’ve found them.

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How to Avoid Indie Publishing Scams

You can’t go anywhere online right now without hearing about Simon & Schuster and their partnership with Author Solutions, a vanity publishing company with a pretty shitty reputation. This doesn’t surprise me at all. Big publishers are desperate right now to stay relevant to the modern author, and they don’t really get it. Old school publishers never do. I learned this while working for a newspaper. It’s either adapt or die, and unfortunately many publishers’ mindset is that they’re right and everyone else is wrong. Too bad. Still, the options many companies offer to self-publishers can seem too good to be true. As a rule of thumb, it probably is. Sometimes, though, it’s hard to tell. Here are a few tips I’ve picked up along the way.

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What makes a good book?

One of the questions we get frequently goes something like this: “Do you think I have a good enough story?  Do you think it’s a best seller?”

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