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Articles / On Editing

Divas on Editing: Line Editing When I saw that I was writing an article about line editing, I laughed out loud. And then I panicked. Line editing has been a sort of abstract concept to me, something in the periphery that I never quite understood. For me, editing started out as a very definitive exercise; my first editing experience was beta reading for a friend, and...

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Interviews

Diva Interview: Write Diva, Shay Goodman Continuing our series on getting to know the Divas, today we’re sitting down with Shay Goodman, a brilliant editor, friend, and partner. Hello, Shay! Can you tell us a little about yourself and how you started in this wonderful world of editing? Well, honestly, I kind of tripped and fell into the publishing world. I’ve always had a love of...

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Articles / On Editing

Today, the Divas discuss developmental editing—what it is and what to expect if you hire an editor to develop your manuscript. Developmental editing is an intensive form of editing. It is target and tailored to the specific needs of your manuscript and abilities as an author. The editor, and sometimes editors, may act as teachers, ghostwriters, writing coaches, and creative consultants. You should ask your...

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Articles / On Editing

Manuscript Assessment A manuscript assessment has several names: assessment, critique, analysis, evaluation, etc. But what does it do? It is an editor’s evaluation of a story as a whole. It points out the strengths and weaknesses of a manuscript to help the author find problem areas at an early stage in the writing and polishing process. The assessment looks at several areas that contribute to...

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Articles

Quick Tips: Don’t Beat Yourself Up The quick tip today is going to be very quick—a sort of pep talk—and straight to the point: Don’t beat yourself up. Just stop it. You’re better than this. Whether you’re experiencing stress while writing, editing, or marketing your book don’t let the process control you. Take a step back and keep your goals in perspective. Writing This is...

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Articles / On Writing

Keep it Simple, Silly!   KISS: Keep It Simple, Silly. That’s a cleaned-up version of a mantra most of us have heard time and time again. Keep it simple. And I’d never call anyone… well, you know. So silly works better for me. I find I use the word simplify rather often in my notes to authors, and it struck me that this could be...

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Articles / On Editing

It’s probably crazy that I’m excited to write about copy editing, but there you have it. I am a total editing geek, and I will mentally edit Facebook posts—my own as well as others’—tweets, blogs articles, books I’m reading… you get the point. I take my editing very personally, and I put everything I have into each manuscript I work on. I have been known to...

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Interviews

Diva Interview: Write Diva, Jen Matera Since I’ve been doing interviews for this blog, I have talked to graphic artists, public relations gurus,  marketers, authors, and readers to get their personal views on topics ranging from strong women in fiction to how effective social media is to an author. But I left out a vital interview: US! So please welcome to her first Diva interview,...

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Articles / On Editing

In today’s quick tip, we are discussing five questions that you should ask any editor you are considering hiring and the reasons why you should ask these questions. #1 What style manual and dictionary do you use? If your potential editor cannot tell you what style guide and dictionary they use, go elsewhere. The standard style guide for publishing and business is the Chicago Manual...

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Articles / On Editing / Special

So you want to have your book edited. Sounds simple, right? You just find someone and they edit it. Well, it actually involves a bit more than this. Regardless of whether you go with an editing service or a freelance editor, there are certain steps that are common. The Divas decided that we wanted to write a series of articles that would give some guidelines for...

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