Book Editing: Yes, you need it. | Books & Beer

When you put it that way by B_Zedan

When you put it that way by B_Zedan

Deborah Bancroft and Karen Conlin, both long-time professional editors, join the show to help convince you, the author, that you need to work with a quality editor on all your projects! This is a critical episode of The Books and Beer Hangout that you won’t want to miss. Here are some of the choice bits you’ll find in 25 minutes:

  • Understanding the different types of editing available to independent authors
  • Figuring out which kind of editing and editor you need for your book
  • The difference between copy editing and proofing, versus developmental editing
  • Why authors cannot edit their own work. Ever.
  • Why you can’t rely on software — any software — to proof your work
  • Skills and experiences that good editors have in common
  • How editors and authors see books differently
  • How authors can determine if an editor is right for them
  • What sort of samples or proof an author can ask of an editor
  • When the author wins, and when the editor wins
  • How editors charge for editing, and how much independent authors should plan for
  • How rates change depending on how much work is involved
  • Grammar mistakes authors should stop making RIGHT NOW
  • Two things that authors do repeatedly that drive editors mad

And there was the obligatory drinking of beers. Tonight’s choices: Emelisse Espresso Stout, Delirium Nocturnum, and an Espresso Oak Aged Yeti Imperial Stout.

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