5 Ways to Improve Your Novel Before You Hire an Editor

There are two facts about hiring an editor which are equally true: a professional editor can substantially improve your book, and hiring a professional editor to do a full range of edits is a cost not every author can afford. Sadly, too many authors think this means they can get away with hiring an amateur at cut-rate Read more about 5 Ways to Improve Your Novel Before You Hire an Editor[…]

Editing Tips #5: Should You Trigger Warning Your Editor?

trig·ger warn·ing noun a statement at the start of a piece of writing, video, etc., alerting the reader or viewer to the fact that it contains potentially distressing material (often used to introduce a description of such content). We’ve seen a lot of discussion over the use of trigger warnings for a reader or viewer, Read more about Editing Tips #5: Should You Trigger Warning Your Editor?[…]

Editing Tips #4: Who’s Telling the Story?

Before I can edit I story, I have to know a few things. I have to read it over to get a sense of the author’s voice (editing means making the story better, but that doesn’t include making it not yours anymore). I also need to know where the plot ends, so that I can Read more about Editing Tips #4: Who’s Telling the Story?[…]

Editing Tips #3: Know What You’re Getting When You Have an “Editor”

Whether you have a story accepted at a magazine or you’ve hired an editor to help you smooth off the rough edges on your current wip, you will eventually be working with an editor. The kind of editor you hire, or the type of editing that’s done to your work, depends on whether it’s sold Read more about Editing Tips #3: Know What You’re Getting When You Have an “Editor”[…]

Editing Tips #2: Personal Style Guide

I’ve been asked to post some editing tips for people in the process of revising their own work. Most editing notes are universal — applying equally to people editing a short story or those revising their novel. You don’t have to follow every one of my suggestions, but if you at least consider them, your Read more about Editing Tips #2: Personal Style Guide[…]

Editing Tips #1: Proofing and Edit Marks, A Primer

As technology advances, we often lose the manual skills that tech is meant to replace. Even knowledge fades away as new techniques are developed. How many of us have the Dewey Decimal system memorized anymore? Know how to rebuild a carburetor? How about canning your own jellies, sewing a quilt by hand, or raising chickens*? If we’re Read more about Editing Tips #1: Proofing and Edit Marks, A Primer[…]