Three more articles on the relationship between writer and editor.
From The Digital Editor: When an Editor Matters by Rich Adin
“Editors do matter. The choice of editor does matter. The type of editing does matter. A good working relationship between author and editor does matter. And it is vitally important that an author not believe that each word he or she has written is sacrosanct and cannot be changed for the better.”
(This next article may seem quite shocking at first glance to readers out there, but what the author has to say makes a great deal of sense to me who has worked on the publishing side of this buisness and knows how most decisions to publish are actually made.)
From FUTUREBOOK: Let’s abolish editors by Agent Orange
(Like the author of this article, I too was impressed by Berg’s book about Max Perkins. Those were the days when editing and editors were very important – perhaps even the most important aspect of publishing.)
From Publishers’ Weekly: What Ever Happened to Book Editors? by Marjorie Braman
And this is why everyone needs an editor – especially self-published authors … These are just a few comments – of 31 similar-sounding reviews!! – about an eBook listed for sale on Amazon. Yikes!! You’d think the author would have had enough sense by now to de-list the entire series and fix the problems in her books!
Worst editing ever – The story is ok but I never read a book with so many spelling mistakes. Very poor editing. Not sure I will continue reading the series.
5 star writing, one star proofreading – Very good read but absolutely the worst editing and proofreading I have EVER seen. Too bad as doing this electronically should be easy. In some cases the characters name was wrong, many punctuation errors and omissions, incomplete sentences, you name it, it was there. Too bad.
Just OK – I read the first in the series because I got it free. Since I enjoy books in series, I am reading the others to see what happens with Cindy and Mattheus, but only because they are fairly inexpensive downloads. The storyline is just ok and the editing (or lack thereof) makes me cringe at times. For example, in this book, one of the characters was first named Ables, then Noles, then back to Ables. Maybe it’s the former school teacher in me, but it is bothersome.
You MUST hire an editor!! Please! For the sake of your readers.
And here are some editing tips to tackle on your own before you send your manuscript on to a professional editor!!
From The Writer Life: 25 Editing Tips for Tightening Your Copy
And here’s a handy-dandy Story Structure/ Plotting infographic, again to help you sort out your manuscript before you hire an editor: Amanda Patterson’s Story Structure/ Plotting Guide
Do not attempt to edit your manuscript alone, kids! That manuscript is never as good as you think it is. Besides, it’s self-publishers like the example I offered at the beginning of this post who give all of us self-publishers a bad name.
Here’s a roundup of interesting and informative articles I’ve been collecting over the past few months. I’m directing this post at those students I know who are just wrapping up their studies in a writing class, and for anyone who is currently writing for NaNoWriMo – to read and heed after the month-long slog ends on Nov. 30th. I hope all this information helps!
Why you need an editor in the first place
From Poynter: Why good copy editors are “abnormal” humans by Craig Silverman
From Indie Author News Editing – Why Not to Do-It-Yourself by Gerald Rice
From The Guardian: The age of Amazon still needs editors like Max Perkins by Gavin James Bower
From Publishers Weekly: Why All Self-Publishers Need a Good Editor by Betty Kelly Sargent
Self-editing you can do before you work with an editor
From HuffPost Books: Six Easy Tips for Self-Editing Your Fiction by Kristen Lamb
From Entrepreneur: 10 Words to Cut From Your Writing by Shanna Mallon
On finding an editor
From Rinelle Grey: 6 Tips for Choosing the Right Editor for your Book
From Writer’s Digest: 10 Things Your Freelance Editor Might Not Tell You – But Should by Brian Klems
From GalleyCat: GalleyCat’s Freelance Editor Directory
In Canada, you may contact Editors’ Association of Canada for information on hiring a professional editor.
How to work with an editor
From Nail Your Novel: How to deal with critiques and editorial feedback and 7 ways to cut a novel without losing anything important
Different types of editing and how long to expect the process will take
From Catharine, Caffeinated: Proofreading Explained and Copy-editors: What They Really Do by Robert Doran
From The POP Newsletter: Why Does Editing Take So Long?
I am so very, very pleased to announce the new imprint, IslandShorts, that will be publishing short fiction and non-fiction as well as poetry!
Seth Godin has written so eloquently – and concisely! – as he always does of what exactly I went through to get this idea off the ground: Proving the skeptics wrong (something I seem to have been doing for most of my life …) and The sweet smell of success (which is how I am feeling right now!)
But I didn’t do this alone, and I want to thank Michael Fay for believing in my idea of ePublishing “singles” in the first place, for all his suggestions and ideas along the way, and especially for being extremely patient as we worked at producing what I believe is a quality publication that many, many people will enjoy reading. After all, there’s no point in just throwing any old thing out there into the world; I wanted something that both I and the authors I plan to publish can be proud of – something to which we all wish to have our names attached.
I have also surrounded myself with experts during the production of these eBooks:
Gina McCreary at Human Powered Design of Calgary provided the formatting, cover and interior design, online sales listings, and general ePublishing expertise;
Rachel Small at Faultless Finish Editing, also located in Calgary, who provided editing and proofreading services;
Artist, Karen Sloan, of Haliburton, ON, a friend of Michael Fay’s who came on board to provide the beautiful cover art for each of Michael’s publications, and wrote about the experience on her blog, Wall Flower Studio Art – Judging a book by its cover …
And Micheal Fay of Minden, ON, has reminisced about his experience of writing this series of short stories and the background to the first publication, Tenderness, in this FlipBook, On Writing Tenderness.
(I managed this entire project primarily from my home on Bequia in the Caribbean. You’ll notice that all people involved in this publishing endeavour live in diverse locations, and none of us ever found the need to meet as a group, proving that publishing can all be accomplished via the Internet!)
Watch for future publications from IslandShorts!
The Whirlabout will be available for purchase soon …
That will be followed by The Healer, written by J. Michael Fay and That Last Summer, written by Susan M. Toy.
It goes without saying … if you are a writer, you are a reader. The best way to learn how to write is to read – and to read A LOT – not just the genre you write, either, but across the board, good books and poorly written books (so that you get to know the difference and learn to avoid poor writing when you write your own work).
So I’ve gathered up some articles and interesting information for those of you who are Writers AND Readers. The Readers among you (and I hope there are some people who follow this blog who are Readers only, because where would we writers be without you?) may skip the first section and jump down to the Reading part of this post.
A Writing Life
From The Writing Corp: Revise Like a Hero
From Canada Writes: Can writing be taught? by David Bergen
From Rachelle Gardner: Are You Afraid to Tell the Truth? AND Developing Resilience AND One Simple Secret for Success as a Writer by Chad R. Allen
From What Is A Writer: Eight Reasons Why You Should Not Slap Your Critics With a Shovel
From Write With Warnimont: The Secret to a Writer’s Happiness
From The New York Times: Writers as Architects by Matteo Pericoli
From We Grow Media: The Experience You Create For Readers Goes Beyond The Book by Dan Blank
A Reading Life
From The Chronicle Review: The Ideal English Major by Mark Edmundson
From BOOKRIOT: The Best Books of 2013: Halftime Report by Sean Bell
From HuffPost Books: The 10 Most Talked About Books of 2013 by Jeff O’Neal
From The Guardian: Top 50 classic crime novels – what would make your list?
From Qwiklit: 15 Essential Irish Novels
Do you have any tips for coping with A Writing Life or lists of favourite books to share in A Reading Life? Please comment below. I’d love to hear from you.
I’ve said it before, many times, and I will say it again: All writers and authors, whether they are traditionally published or self-published, print or ePublished, need to learn something – as much as they can, actually – about the publishing business. The more they know about the “business” of writing and publishing (because it is definitely a business if you hope to sell what you write) the more effective you will become in producing, publishing, and selling a quality product of which you may be proud. I don’t suggest that you enroll in a publishing program or learn everything there is to know about the business in order to become a publisher yourself, but you should at least know what goes into publishing a book, all the people who are involved, all the steps taken towards publishing and selling a book, and to know where you, as the writer, actually fits into the equation. The more you know the better equipped you will be to find new readers for your work.
The easiest way to gain some knowledge is by keeping abreast of publishing news, so that’s why on this blogsite I offer writers and authors interesting links to whatever I discover online that I think you should know about, too.
I’m devoting this post to links covering the “Business” side of publishing a book – ie. everything except the writing of it. I hope this will help with gaining more of an education. If you have any similar links to share, please post them in the comments below.
First off, check out this great infographic, The Publishing Highway over at YA Highway.
Terms you should know: Literary Terms Defined: The Common and the Uncommon by Chuck Sambuchino from Writer Unboxed
A brief description of Publishing in Toronto: Books Abroad: Book Business and Publishers in Toronto by Shannon Kobran from Publishing Trendsetter
A new publishing company: Figure 1 Publishing’s Second Rights by Kristen Hildeman from BCBusiness
Be prepared to work hard – really hard! – at preparing that manuscript: Critique by Suzanne Lakin (listing here is not an endorsement of blogger`s critiquing service)
What you need to know to successfully submit manuscripts to publishers:
How Writing a Proposal is a Lot Like Teething by Sarah Joy
AND Pitch Your Book Like It’s a Movie (The One Sentence Synopsis) by Kimberly Vargas from wordserve water cooler
AND The #1 Reason for Query Fails – How to Avoid Automatic Rejection from a Reviewer, Agent, Editor or Blogger by Anne R. Allen
How publishers are faring these days: Independent Penguin Goes Out on High Note by Jim Milliot from Publishers Weekly
Harlequin eBook Sales Account for 24.5% of Total Revenue by Michael Kozlowski from GoodEReader
Dealing with your rights: Getting Your Rights Back From the Publisher by Rachelle Gardner from Books & Such Literary Agency
When it comes time to promote and publicize: Anakana Schofield: publicising a novel – the problems from The Guardian
AND What J.K. Rowling and Robert Galbraith Can Teach Us About Author Platform by Joel Friedlander from The Book Designer
Selling copies – or as I like to call this, “Finding New Readers”: The End of Discoverability and the Rise of Merit by James Scott Bell from The Kill Zone
AND Is Seasonal Publishing Dead? by Judith Rosen from Publishers Weekly
AND eBooks Change the Season Concept in Publishing by Molly Pilkington from GoodEReader
What You Can Do When Your Books Aren’t Selling by Daphne from The Self Publishing Toolkit
On the business of bookstores: Borders Bookstore to Launch Once More in Singapore by Michael Kozlowski from GoodEReader
On the business of libraries: My Local Library Has an Espresso Book Machine by Nate Hoffelder from The Digital Reader
And finally, from Kate Hart there’s How to Get Published: A Flowchart
Any questions, additional information, comments? Please post below and let’s start a conversation!