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 […]
  • 4 Types of Editing & How To Choose Which Your Book Needs

    By Melissa Breau on June 10, 2013
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    Note: Melissa no longer offers these services. This post remains as archived content for your reference. One of the most common questions I get as an editor is about what different types of editing there are and what each one entails. New clients aren't always sure what level of editing they need and don't know how to make that decision. Before […]
  • A Proofreading Checklist: What to look for before calling it done

    By Melissa Breau on April 16, 2013
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    Before hitting "send" when sending out a new piece or before hitting "publish" on a new blog post, it pays to proofread your piece. Here are some quick things to check when proofreading your own copy. Homophones Perhaps one of the most common mistakes when when writing is misusing homophones–words that sound alike but are spelled differently. Spell check won't […]
  • 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 […]
  • The Role of an Editor — And Why You Should Have One

    By Melissa Breau on September 26, 2012
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    Ever wonder what an editor does? Chances are it's a lot more than you think. It’s an editor's job to make sure your readers can see the forest despite the trees—that they don’t get caught up on typos and mistakes that will cause them to focus on the words instead of the story. And, in the process, a good editor […]
  • 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. […]
  • Seamless Editing

    By Melissa Breau on May 14, 2011
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    I recently had a discussion with several fellow editors about voice and style. Namely, when to leave it in and when to take it out. Every piece of writing has a natural voice to it. As an editor sometimes I have to make a decision about when to leave something that's not wrong, but could be written clearer, and when […]
  • 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. […]