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8 Tips for Working With Beta Readers (Editing Series, Part 2)

“The self edited author is as foolish as the self medicated patient.” – Guy Kawasaki, APE (Author, Publisher, Entrepreneur) For many writers, finding the right editor is the first real challenge they face in their journey toward publication. So far, your words have been entirely yours. But now it’s time to send those words out into the world. Are they ready? Are YOU ready? To be sure, you’ll need an editor…probably more than one. You should not be the only person who has seen your material when you start pitching or selling it. Getting good editorial feedback (and learning from it) is the most important thing you can do to make your book a success. Whether you are planning to self publish or find a literary agent and/or traditional publisher, the old cliché is true: you only have one chance to make a first impression. Don’t blow it by missing […]

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What Does a Developmental Editor Do? (Editing Series, Part 1)

Every now and then, someone sends me one of those social media memes that say something clever like “I am silently judging your grammar” or “I can’t be freinds with someone who has typos.” Usually I smile and say thanks. Sometimes, though, I stop to explain that I’m not that kind of editor. I don’t fix people’s spelling, and I’m not really interested in your dangling participles. “So, then, what do you do, exactly?” “I’m a developmental editor.” And then I get a lot of blank looks. Most people know that a copy editor goes in and marks up text and fixes grammar. Copy editors and proofreaders correct obvious (and not so obvious) mistakes.** They use those big red pencils. (Well, not really anymore, but Track Changes has the same visual effect.) Developmental editing is fuzzier. What does a writer actually get out of a dev edit? Well, a lot, actually.   What Is Developmental Editing? […]

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A Little Perspective on POV

I’ve been editing a lot of fiction recently, and talking to a lot of other editors who work with fiction. And so I’ve found myself developing a rather strong point of view about POV. A little background: Point of View (POV) is the perspective from which a story is told. Generally speaking, it’s divided into three types: first person (where the narrator of the book is the primary character, and writes as “I” and “me” throughout); omniscient (where the narrator observes and describes the events of the book from an all-knowing distance; the narrator sees more than any single character and can also foreshadow the future); and third person (where the narration is written in he/she/they, but narrator limits him/herself to the limited perspective of a single character; the writer unwraps the story as that character experiences it, using only what they can see/hear/know). Each type of narration can also be […]

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