On Editing

When you have finished this book, you will feel encouraged, empowered, and indomitable. If you are writing-or editing-a novel, you could do no better than to have this book by your side.

Author: Helen Corner-Bryant

Publisher: Hachette UK

ISBN: 9781473666696

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 256

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"Highly recommended: On Editing is indispensable reading for anyone who is or wants to be a writer. Every desk should have a copy!" - Dr Samantha J. Rayner, Director of the Centre for Publishing, UCL "On Editing is a feast with many courses. When you have finished this book, you will feel encouraged, empowered, and indomitable. If you are writing-or editing-a novel, you could do no better than to have this book by your side. Comprehensive, easily digestible, it is a classic in the making." - Shaye Areheart, Director of the Columbia Publishing Course Writing a novel is a magical but often difficult journey; and when your first draft is complete, that journey's not over. As the editing process gets underway, authors often find themselves in unfamiliar territory. What does it mean to 'map your plot'? How do you know if you're 'head-hopping'? When is your novel ready to send out to agents, and how do you make each submission count? Written by the team behind one of the world's most successful literary consultancies, On Editing will show you how to master the self-edit. You will learn to compose, draft, and edit while sharpening your writing and ensuring that your novel is structurally sound, authentic, well-written, and ready for submission. On Editing will help you harness your creative potential, transform the way you think about your writing, and revolutionise your editorial process. "It's easy for writers to be overwhelmed by the technicalities of writing, editing and getting published, but Helen Corner-Bryant and Kathryn Price share their decades of experience nurturing writers in On Editing. They know all the problems and how to fix them - including many you might not even think of - and explain it all in a clean, jargon-free, way that demystifies the whole process, with infectious enthusiasm that will have you ready, eager and bursting with the confidence to take your writing to the next level." - Writing Magazine

Self Editing for Fiction Writers Second Edition

Each point is illustrated with examples, many drawn from the hundreds of books Browne and King have edited.

Author: Renni Browne

Publisher: William Morrow Paperbacks

ISBN: 0060545690

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 288

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Hundreds of books have been written on the art of writing. Here at last is a book by two professional editors to teach writers the techniques of the editing trade that turn promising manuscripts into published novels and short stories. In this completely revised and updated second edition, Renni Browne and Dave King teach you, the writer, how to apply the editing techniques they have developed to your own work. Chapters on dialogue, exposition, point of view, interior monologue, and other techniques take you through the same processes an expert editor would go through to perfect your manuscript. Each point is illustrated with examples, many drawn from the hundreds of books Browne and King have edited.

Line by Line

The complete guide to self-editing, illustrating the most common problems with hundreds of before-and-after examples

Author: Claire Kehrwald Cook

Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

ISBN: 0395393914

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 219

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The complete guide to self-editing, illustrating the most common problems with hundreds of before-and-after examples

How to Edit a Novel

This book is for anyone who hates editing, is scared of it, or mystified by it, or would simply like to meet deadlines with less panic and effort.

Author: Charlotte Nash

Publisher: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform

ISBN: 153900693X

Category:

Page: 58

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In writing, two things are sure: you must edit, and you must not wing it. Charlotte Nash, bestselling and award-nominated Australian author, takes you through the PAPER method, a logical order for editing (structure first, copyedit second), with tips and examples to avoid making newbie editor mistakes as you tackle your novel. This book is for anyone who hates editing, is scared of it, or mystified by it, or would simply like to meet deadlines with less panic and effort. Use PAPER to create a framework for your creativity to flourish in, and take control of your project.

Editor Proof Your Writing

Veteran editor Don McNair lays out an easy-to-follow and systematic method for clearing up foggy writing—writing that's full of extra, misused, and overused words—in this guide to producing sparkling copy that attracts readers, agents, ...

Author: Don McNair

Publisher: Linden Publishing

ISBN: 9781610351782

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 215

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Veteran editor Don McNair lays out an easy-to-follow and systematic method for clearing up foggy writing—writing that's full of extra, misused, and overused words—in this guide to producing sparkling copy that attracts readers, agents, editors, and sales. McNair explains the common mistakes made by most writers and shows how eliminating unnecessary words strengthens action, shorten sentences, and makes writing crackle with life. Containing 21 simple, straightforward principles, Editor-Proof Your Writing teaches how to edit weak verb forms, strip away author intrusions, ban redundancies, eliminate foggy phrases, correct passive-voice sentences, slash misused and overused words, and fix other writing mistakes. A superb addition to any writer's toolkit, this book will not only make writing clearer and more grammatical, it will also make it more concise, entertaining, and appealing to publishers.

Editors on Editing

Essays discuss writers' conferences, editing for specific markets, the role of the editorial assistant, and editing specific genres

Author: Gerald Gross

Publisher: Grove Press

ISBN: 0802132634

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 377

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Essays discuss writers' conferences, editing for specific markets, the role of the editorial assistant, and editing specific genres

Edit Your Own Romance Novel

This book ticked all the boxes for me." - Renee, Goodreads.

Author: Ebony McKenna

Publisher:

ISBN: 0995383987

Category: Reference

Page: 166

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The essential resource for romance writers to turn their manuscript into a satisfying novel.You've written a sensational romance manuscript. Now you need to edit it and turn it into a great novel. Author of seven swoon-filled romance novels, Ebony McKenna will give you the tools you need to become objective about your own work. Loaded with examples from romantic movies and novels, this book will show you how to slash and burn backstory (it won¿t hurt, OK, only a bit) balance your story structure, then deliver a hard-won happy ending your readers will adore. Here¿s what writers are saying about Ebony McKenna¿s Edit Your Own titles:¿Well-detailed, informative, and helpful. The perfect `tool¿ to keep nearby when diving into your writing sessions. I would definitely recommend to writers both published and aspiring!¿ Amanda, Goodreads."The author is user friendly and encourages the writer every step of the way.¿ - BarbarinaS, Amazon.¿Packed full of examples from novels and movies to demonstrate the concepts as well as hands-on activities to apply the knowledge to your own work...This book ticked all the boxes for me." - Renee, Goodreads.

The Pocket Book of Proofreading

This is a guide to freelance proofreading and copy-editing, with examples of proof correction marks and exercises with corrections supplied.

Author: William Critchley

Publisher: William Robert Critchley

ISBN: 9780955143724

Category: Copy editing

Page: 170

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This is a guide to freelance proofreading and copy-editing, with examples of proof correction marks and exercises with corrections supplied.

Writing Your First Novel Hire an Editor Or Self Edit

This book explains why every manuscript needs to be edited. It also helps you decide if you'll do your own editing or hire a professional.

Author: Patricia Toth

Publisher:

ISBN: 1520708408

Category:

Page: 31

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This book explains why every manuscript needs to be edited. It also helps you decide if you'll do your own editing or hire a professional.

Copyediting and Proofreading For Dummies

Want to know more about what each job entails? This friendly guide helps you position yourself for success. Polish your skills, build a winning résumé and land the job you've always wanted.

Author: Suzanne Gilad

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 9780470121719

Category: Reference

Page: 384

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Turn your knack for language into a lucrative career Must-know techniques and resources for maximizing your accuracy and speed Interested in becoming a copyeditor or proofreader? Want to know more about what each job entails? This friendly guide helps you position yourself for success. Polish your skills, build a winning résumé and land the job you've always wanted. Books, magazines, Web sites, corporate documents - find out how to improve any type of publication and make yourself indispensable to writers, editors, and your boss. Balance between style and rules Master the art of the query Use proofreader symbols Edit and proof electronic documents Build a solid freelancing career

Writers Artists Guide to Self Publishing

This guide is full of practical, nuts-and-bolts information on each aspect of the DIY-publishing process, from editing and page layout, cover design and book production, publicity and selling.

Author: Bloomsbury Publishing

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN: 9781472970282

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 256

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Self-publishing is a growing area and writers need independent and reliable advice they can trust. This guide is full of practical, nuts-and-bolts information on each aspect of the DIY-publishing process, from editing and page layout, cover design and book production, publicity and selling. Each chapter is written by publishing professionals expert in supporting authors and is full of insights from successful self-published authors themselves. This guide is essential reading for any indie author who wants to go it totally alone, who wants to work with other independent professionals or who might choose to pay for self-publishing provider services. It gives the pros and cons and potential financial outlay for the various options available so writers can make informed decisions about the best approach for their own book.

Nine Day Novel Self Editing

But that doesn't mean we can't do a little bit of "editing" ourselves. In fact, inside this book, I'll show you how you can do quite a bit of self-editing before your draft needs to go to an editor. And that'll save you money.

Author: Steve Windsor

Publisher: Vixen Ink

ISBN: 0692403450

Category:

Page: 146

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Congratulations You just finished writing your first novel "What do I do next?" If you're like I was, that was the first question you asked yourself. Do you remember what I said last time? In "Nine Day Novel: Writing?" Steve, I totally remember: You said, "Bravo Pop champagne and..." You remember that part after the champagne about calling someone, right? Your Editor-the Last Line of Defense. But editors cost a lot of money and wouldn't be helpful if we could minimize some of that expense by doing a little bit of editing ourselves? Before we send it off to an expensive professional? Don't make the mistake I did On my first novel, I debated for months between paying an editor and whether I should just "edit" the entire thing myself. After all, how hard it be, right? Predictably, money won out, and I chose poorly, publishing my first book before a professional editor had proofread it. That was a big mistake. That one decision set my writing career back about a year. Why? Because my book languished on Amazon as yet another unprofessional, unfinished and unwanted draft, posing as a completely finished novel. I got discouraged, disappointed and down. It took months before I overcame my fear of what a professional editor would say about my first novel. Because that was the real reason I had edited it myself all along. A great editor will make your novel shine. Picture your reader, trying to follow the fantastic story that you painstakingly outlined, researched and wrote. As they read, their eyes are interrupted by misspellings, grammatical errors, improper word usage and dialogue that's punctuated poorly. Finally, unable to stay engaged through those constant interruptions, they give up and close your book. We're not going to let that happen Your editor will have the single biggest impact on the professional look and feel of your novel. But that doesn't mean we can't do a little bit of "editing" ourselves. In fact, inside this book, I'll show you how you can do quite a bit of self-editing before your draft needs to go to an editor. And that'll save you money. Removing the mystery. To many beginning authors, editing is a mysterious and often misunderstood process. In this book, I'll define the types of editing you need, outline the parts that you can and should do yourself, and then explain the process that your editor will go through as they clean up what's left. No idea where to find an editor? I'll show you how to find a good one on popular freelancing sites. If that doesn't work, I'll give you the contact information of my own editor Then I'll introduce you to a piece of software that'll save you countless hours in turnaround time, working with your editor. And I'll walk you through the steps my writing partner and I use to fix our own drafts before they go to our editor. Editing is much easier if you make fewer mistakes in the first place. Seems simple, right? It should be. For that reason, I felt it was important for this book to have two parts to it: How to clean up what you had already written ... and how to minimize all that cleanup by knowing what and how to write fiction sentences in the first place. So the first half of the book is about editing process and work-flow. And the second half is a refresher course on the very basics of writing fiction sentences. And the bonuses... I created tutorial videos to show you exactly how I've cut Word loose and now collaborate directly with my editors inside Scrivener. So whether you've never worked with an editor before or you just want to save some time, money and headache editing your next draft, I wrote this book for you

The Artful Edit On the Practice of Editing Yourself

Provides a wealth of examples, quotes, and case studies that include an instructional discussion of an editorial collaboration on The Great Gatsby, in an upbeat guide to the mechanics and techniques of self-editing that includes strategic ...

Author: Susan Bell

Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company

ISBN: 9780393332179

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 240

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Provides a wealth of examples, quotes, and case studies that include an instructional discussion of an editorial collaboration on The Great Gatsby, in an upbeat guide to the mechanics and techniques of self-editing that includes strategic tips and exercises. Reprint.

Editing Fiction at Sentence Level

Learn how to self-edit your novel at sentence level so that readers feel compelled to turn the page.

Author: Louise Harnby

Publisher: Independently Published

ISBN: 1693026171

Category:

Page: 327

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Learn how to self-edit your novel at sentence level so that readers feel compelled to turn the page. Each chapter focuses on a different aspect of narrative and dialogue. In addition to the line-craft guidance, there are examples from published fiction that illustrate the learning in action.

Developmental Editing

He starts with the core tasks of shaping the proposal, finding the hook, and building the narrative or argument, and then turns to the hard work of executing the plan and establishing a style.

Author: Scott Norton

Publisher: University of Chicago Press

ISBN: 9780226595153

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 238

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Editing is a tricky business. It requires analytical flair and creative panache, the patience of a saint and the vision of a writer. Transforming a manuscript into a book that edifies, inspires, and sells? That’s the job of the developmental editor, whose desk is the first stop for many manuscripts on the road to bookdom—a route ably mapped out in the pages of Developmental Editing. Author Scott Norton has worked with a diverse range of authors, editors, and publishers, and his handbook provides an approach to developmental editing that is logical, collaborative, humorous, and realistic. He starts with the core tasks of shaping the proposal, finding the hook, and building the narrative or argument, and then turns to the hard work of executing the plan and establishing a style. Developmental Editing includes detailed case studies featuring a variety of nonfiction books—election-year polemic, popular science, memoir, travel guide—and authors ranging from first-timer to veteran, journalist to scholar. Handy sidebars offer advice on how to become a developmental editor, create effective illustration programs, and adapt sophisticated fiction techniques (such as point of view, suspense, plotting, character, and setting) to nonfiction writing. Norton’s book also provides freelance copyeditors with a way to earn higher fees while introducing more creativity into their work lives. It gives acquisitions, marketing, and production staff a vocabulary for diagnosing a manuscript’s flaws and techniques for transforming it into a bestseller. And perhaps most importantly, Developmental Editing equips authors with the concrete tools they need to reach their audiences.

Editing and Cover Design for the Superhero Writer

Editor cost money and if you are like many new self-publishers, you don't have the budget to pay for professional editing and cover design services. This guide will show you how to edit your novel using simple methods and free software.

Author: Ukandu Ette

Publisher:

ISBN: 9798649200974

Category:

Page: 66

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Need to know how to edit and design a cover for your eBook? Editor cost money and if you are like many new self-publishers, you don't have the budget to pay for professional editing and cover design services. This guide will show you how to edit your novel using simple methods and free software. It will also help you design book covers that look great and cost you nothing. It's a no B.S. approach to editing and cover design for new publishers. Learn how to create clean, simple covers that grab attention in a good way. Find out what software can be used online or downloaded for free to manipulate images for your covers. This guide will also cover some of the legal ways you can use photos found on the internet. Filled with examples of what to do and what not to do when designing an effective cover. Editing tips and instructions that are easy to follow and implement will make your books more enjoyable for your readers. Includes secrets used by real self-published authors to make their books as professional as some well-known authors. These techniques are what superhero writers use to make their fiction and nonfiction books appealing to the masses. By improving your editing and cover design skills, you can give your readers the best reading experience of their lives and have them coming back to you for more professional-quality books. Become the next editing and cover design superhero, download your copy, and get started on that book idea that been dancing around in your mind.

The Magic of Fiction

Students and educators will also benefit, with details about the crafts of writing and editing available in a single book.Whether you intend to self-publish or submit your manuscript to agents or publishers, use The Magic of Fiction to ...

Author: Beth Hill

Publisher:

ISBN: 0997177004

Category: Fiction

Page: 606

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Writing a novel can seem daunting, but it doesn't have to be. No matter where you are with your writing project--beginning the first draft, rewriting the fifth draft, or editing the final draft--help is available. The Magic of Fiction is a comprehensive guide for crafting fiction. It's the perfect resource for writers planning to self-publish, authors looking for an edge for manuscript submissions, and editors looking for a handbook on craft. Students and educators will also benefit, with details about the crafts of writing and editing available in a single book.Whether you intend to self-publish or submit your manuscript to agents or publishers, use The Magic of Fiction to master the ins and outs of writing and revision, create stronger early drafts, and edit your own stories.This guide addresses all aspects of editing and writing, from the mechanics to story issues to style concerns. In it you'll find--~ A comprehensive editing checklist~ Fixes for common writing mistakes~ Specifics for punctuation in dialogue~ Tips for putting setting to work for your fiction~ Suggestions for editing for the reader~ Help for writing to genre conventions~ Tips for word choices~ A guide for editing approaches and much more.Every fiction writer should be equipped to not only write well, but to rewrite and edit. There are books designed to help you write a novel, books to help you revise, and books to help you with the nitty-gritty of punctuation and grammar. The Magic of Fiction brings all those elements together in a single easy-to-digest resource for the writer looking for an edge in today's literary marketplace.The format of The Magic of Fiction helps you focus on what you need when you need it. Chapters provide detailed discussions of topics and end with "quick lists" to help you get straight to work on your own stories.Written by freelance fiction editor Beth Hill, The Magic of Fiction will help you produce high-quality fiction that will earn attention for all the right reasons.

The Complete Canadian Book Editor

If you're editing a genre of book that's new for you, look at and read some
examples of the type, and seek advice from experienced editors in the area. Here
are a few resources I'd recommend: • If you're editing a graphic novel for the first
time, ...

Author: Leslie Vermeer

Publisher: Brush Education

ISBN: 9781550596779

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 400

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The essential resource for aspiring and professional editors Whether you are a student of the craft or a working editor, you need The Complete Canadian Book Editor. From building and managing author relationships, through acquiring and developing manuscripts, to every level of text editing and proofing for print and ebooks, editors play integral roles in the operations of a book publishing house. In The Complete Canadian Book Editor, veteran editor and professor Leslie Vermeer sets out both the concepts and the processes that an effective editor must command. Dr. Vermeer guides aspiring editors in presenting themselves successfully to employers and clients, and working editors will recognize the voice of a mentor in her advice about career advancement. Editors at all levels—along with authors and self-publishers—will find in The Complete Canadian Book Editor all of the step-by-step editorial tools they need to take projects from promising beginnings to their full potential. With exercises throughout, The Complete Canadian Book Editor reinforces key concepts, and builds your skills as an expert editor. Topics include: Manuscript acquisition and book contracts. Editorial stages, from development to proofreading. Design and production, including digital workflow. What every editor needs to know about marketing. The state of book publishing in Canada today. The future of publishing, and why editors are more important than ever before.

Editing Digital Video

Rebecca Harding Davis was a prominent author of radical social fiction during the latter half of the nineteenth century.

Author: Robert M. Goodman

Publisher: McGraw Hill Professional

ISBN: 0071406352

Category: Computers

Page: 361

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Rebecca Harding Davis was a prominent author of radical social fiction during the latter half of the nineteenth century. In stories that combine realism with sentimentalism, Davis confronted a wide range of contemporary American issues, giving voice to working women, prostitutes, wives seeking divorce, celibate utopians, and female authors. Davis broke down distinctions between the private and the public worlds, distinctions that trapped women in the ideology of domesticity. By engaging current strategies in literary hermeneutics with a strong sense of historical radicalism in the Gilded Age, Jean Pfaelzer reads Davis through the public issues that she forcefully inscribed in her fiction. In this study, Davis's realistic narratives actively construct a coherent social work, not in a fictional vacuum but in direct engagement with the explosive movements of social change from the Civil War through the turn of the century.