How to Keep Bloggers Happy: An Editor’s Guide

I've learned a few things from being the editor of the Nose. My goal is to help writers write regularly, and learn how to work with an editor. I've also learned a lot about how to work with writers along the way. This is written to other editors who might want to put a blog … Continue reading How to Keep Bloggers Happy: An Editor’s Guide

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Using an Editor

Editors make the text flow well, we chop out inconsistencies. When you hand a manuscript to an editor, the process can seem like a bit of a black box: Words go in, slightly smoothed-over words come out. When you send a manuscript to a freelance editor, it may seem like you're throwing your book into … Continue reading Using an Editor

What the Hell Do Editors Do?

"My brother-in-law edited the manuscript, but they changed my voice. The story didn't feel like me any more." I've lost count of how many times I've heard this from clients. Editing can mean one of a few things, but it does not mean rewriting the manuscript to what the writer's brother-in-law--or friend, or co-worker--thinks it … Continue reading What the Hell Do Editors Do?

Editor, Audio Tech

I edit books--it's what I do as a professional. But I also am a musician on the side, and, a few times a year, get a job as an audio tech. I'm a professional at these things as well. A career counselor once told me this is called a composite career. A few times a … Continue reading Editor, Audio Tech

English Major Confessions: Editing

I have fond memories from my college years sitting at the student union in a group with our books spread open over the table. We chatted as we took notes and sipped our coffees. Since I was an English major, I’d not use a textbook, but would instead be bent over a novel, using a … Continue reading English Major Confessions: Editing

Husband and Wife

The Associated Press recently sent an update to subscribers of its style guide, with the following entry: husband, wife Regardless of sexual orientation, husband or wife is acceptable in all references to individuals in any legally recognized marriage. Spouse or partner may be used if requested. AP is a news organization, and its style guide, … Continue reading Husband and Wife

Track Changes

Anyone who writes or edits books will eventually come across a mention to the Track Changes feature in Word. It's a powerful tool that gets a lot of use on my Mac, and it's worth the price I paid for Office all on its own. I'm going to go over what Track Changes can do, … Continue reading Track Changes

What I Learned in November

I wrote a novel in November. It was an accident. Friends have talked about National Novel Writing Month for years. This year, my plan was to not do it, again. I didn't have time.  But I wanted to go through the preparations and see what 1667 words a day felt like, so I would know … Continue reading What I Learned in November

Bookish People and a Bookish Day

When we first run into Janice at the train station, we don't know that she's a union organizer for Rutgers, loves to read, and--oddly--lives a few blocks from our house. Well, she was reading Ray Bradbury, so the "loves to read" part wasn't much of a surprise. Our friend Kayla has just dropped us off … Continue reading Bookish People and a Bookish Day

Practicing on Project Gutenberg

Editing and proofreading one's own writing is traditionally considered difficult, but I find that all one needs to do this is (a) time, and maybe (b) a little bit of self-deception. To me, editing is a process of broad discovery, then one of focusing in on the details, then getting the big picture in order. … Continue reading Practicing on Project Gutenberg