On Editing


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We often talk about what to expect from your editor during the editing process, but how many of us have thought about what the editor should be able to expect from the author at the same time? Sure, I know what some of you may be thinking. Authors pay editors to do the work, so why should they have any expectations at all? The words...

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Whether you are embarking on your first publishing venture as an author or if you are already a published author who’s decided to jump into the deep end of the self-publishing pool for the first time, working with a freelance author is a necessity if you want to present your best work. Many authors venturing out into the freelance world are former publishing house authors. Having worked at...

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What to Ask a Freelance Editor… Before You Hire Them Hiring the right editor to work on your book can be daunting. How do you know you’ve hired someone who has experience, shares your vision, and is just the right match? Some authors resort to the trial and error method, but that seems like a cumbersome way to get the job done. Many authors get...

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What Stops Me In My Tracks When I’m Reading? As I’ve said before, I read a lot. Not nearly as much as I’d like—and much of what I read is unpublished manuscripts—but there is little that makes me happier than relaxing with a book that whisks me away to an exciting new world, a future time, or a distant land. You see, the life of...

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Editor Speak 101 – The Tools of the Trade Imagine if you will that you hired someone to mow your lawn and they showed up with a pair of hedge clippers. You would immediately know that they are using the wrong tool because you know a lawn mower is required to trim grass properly. Now you may not know how to use a lawn mower...

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Editor Speak 101 – Types of Editors During and even before an edit, you are going to hear a lot of terms, both technical and grammatical, that you may not have heard before. In this series, we are going to define these terms so you and your editor will have a common ground when speaking about your edit. First, before we get into the good...

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Divas on Writing: Steps to Revising your Manuscript   So you have had your manuscript edited. What was returned to you looked like a mix between Greek and hieroglyphics. Where in the world do you begin? Do you just jump in? Do you handle the small stuff first? Do you clear the underbrush so you can see the big picture? Well, there are a lot...

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Track Changes – Advanced   A few months ago, I started my series on Track Changes in Microsoft Word for anyone who was struggling with this feature. Hopefully, it has been of use to an author or two. This is article is my last installment in this series and it centers on the options available to you when using this tool. As authors and editors,...

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Keep it Consistent: Final Thoughts In this series on keeping things straight in the revision process, I’ve given a lot of focus to those things you should do before you ever put pen to paper, and they are an important part of the process. Yes, it’s a lot of upfront work, but it can save you countless hours in the end. That said, even the...

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Five Reasons To Hire A Professional Proofreader Proofreading involves a lot more than some might think. Reading a manuscript and correcting typos and punctuation is part of the process, but it’s certainly not all of it. The biggest responsibility of the proofreader is the understanding that she is the last editor to touch the manuscript before the author signs off on the edits.  And that’s...

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