Book Editing

  • Kristen Weber on Developmental Editing for Your Fiction

    By Jennifer Mattern on November 25, 2013
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    One of the biggest benefits of indie publishing is the freedom it allows authors to assemble the perfect team to develop and represent their books. That includes bringing in the right editors. But what kind of editing help do you really need? You probably know that copyeditors and proofreaders can help you catch things like spelling and grammatical errors. But […]
  • Choosing an Editor for Your Indie Published Work

    By Jennifer Mattern on February 21, 2013
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    I make my thoughts on editing no secret. Self-edits have their place -- initial rewrites, shorter information products that need a very quick turnaround, etc. But for most indie publishers there's no good excuse to release your work without it crossing the desk of a professional editor. Even more than that, I'm a strong believer in hiring an editor. I don't care […]
  • Changing Your Book’s Target Reader (After You’ve Written It)

    By Jennifer Mattern on January 28, 2013
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    My nonfiction book, The Query-Free Freelancer, has been moving along in an extraordinarily slow fashion. That's due to a variety  of things (from several months of illness where I focused my limited work time on clients to simply shelving the project for a while for a fresher perspective). Now that I'm moving forward with that first draft again (my own edits to […]
  • Indie Publishing Teams: Who to Include

    By Jennifer Mattern on July 18, 2011
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    We've talked about the fact that indie publishing is a business. And you know that if you're serious about selling a top notch book you can't go it alone. That's where your indie publishing team comes into play. As a true indie publisher (rather than just a small publishing company with in-house staff), you'll most likely work with independent contractors. […]
  • How Indie Published Books Can Maintain High Editorial Standards

    By Jennifer Mattern on May 9, 2011
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    Last week I shared my planned editing process for my books with you, and we talked about the ups and downs of self-editing. Let's now look beyond self-edits and talk about other ways indie authors can maintain high editorial standards -- one of the biggest concerns people raise when criticizing self-published books as a whole. The editorial options you choose […]
  • The Value (and Limits) of Self-Editing: Part 2

    By Jennifer Mattern on May 4, 2011
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    Previously I shared the editing process I came up with for my own indie published books. That process includes extensive self-editing, a professional editor, and objective beta readers. Let's continue to look at the self-editing side of editing your books. I consider self-editing a necessity. But it's not the be all and end all. It's just one part of the process. […]
  • The Value (and Limits) of Self-Editing: Part 1

    By Jennifer Mattern on May 2, 2011
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    I have several indie publishing projects in the works right now. I'm drafting a novel. I'm planning my next e-book for my business audience. And I'm editing the manuscript for my nonfiction book, The Query-Free Freelancer. Today I'd like to talk about that editing work, and more specifically some of the ups and downs of self-editing. My Editing Process I […]