Newbie Writers Podcast! Episode 4: Editing and how to Swing it.

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Emma from our forums to come on as a guest host. She goes by the name Editor/Proofer on the forums, has her own editing business: Exceptional Editing.

What drew you to editing as a profession?

Can you talk about what an editor does?  And can you help define terms an author is likely to come across?
line editing
substantive/content editing
manuscript critique
book doctoring
writing and publishing consulting
Where can authors find good editors?
What can we expect to pay a good editor?

What are some common mistakes you come across?

And what are some funny mistakes?

Three categories of editors,
The gate keepers of blogs and newscasts and periodicals. These are the big blustery white males who won’t hire Peter Parker until he gets just the right shot of Spider Man.  Since you probably don’t want to become your own best subject, there are other ways to get attention.

Study the periodical, and /or develop  a relationship with the blog editor, if you want to write for Newbie Writers, be nice to Damien and listen to the pod casts so you have an idea of what we’re about.  The more you know, the better you can tailor your work to what the editor wants and needs, the better your chances.

Always query an editor with your idea and don’t attach anything, attachments make editors break out into hives and that’s not a good start.  Queries should give the editor a complete picture of what your article is about and also include a  brief professional biography.

This from Paula Guran.
There are Editors in a publishing house:
An ACQUIRING EDITOR buys the book from an agent or author. If that is his/her sole job the manuscript will then go to the DEVELOPMENT or DEVELOPMENTAL EDITOR. (Seldom the case, usually one person does both jobs.) This editor helps the author, if needed, with plot, structure, pacing, and writing style. The author then makes revisions.
Editors also do LINE EDITING, which is very close to what COPY EDITORS do (or sometimes it is one and the same.) Line editing checks the manuscript for consistent STYLE (the “rules” for language use–at least in the context of a single book–including spelling, punctuation, and use of italics or other typographical devices). They also check general punctuation, proper spelling and grammar. They make sure the story logic holds up, the sequence is correct and the con! tent is clear and consistent. Even if the editor does a line edit, s/he will be followed by a copy editor checking for about the same things as well as formatting. The author also revises or makes decisions on questions that may arise after this process.

The third kind of Editor is one who will help you polish you book manuscript either before you submit to be self published or after a traditional publisher has purchased your book.

Freelance editors have prices and various forms they work in, companies will also do this for your book. They are not cheap,  I’m not cheap.  We bring   years of experience to the table and that’s exactly what you pay for.  However, consider what you want and if it’s worth it.

Where to Find Editors
On line but make sure they are reputable

Friends and personal recommendations

Conferences, you meet them in person and develop a relationship first
Linked in
Facebook, where I conversed with one of my editors and it was quite lovely, he is lovely as a matter of fact.

How much do they charge?

Some charge by the word, some by the project.  So if it’s 1 cent/ word and you have an average MS length of 70,000 words, that’s a minimum of $700 US right off the bat.  Expensive.
But necessary.

Prompting- Episode prompt. Feedback if any about the prompt from listeners.

What is a Great Gift?
What is a great reward for you?  What promised item or event propels you forward?
What would inspire you to work harder or even do the work at all?
Spend the week considering the best reward for a job well done, or even just a job completed.
Write about your best reward.

Word of the week
A backronym (sometimes bacronym) is a reverse acronym. To create one, you take a word that isn’t an acronym and create a fictitious expansion for it.

Some backronyms are designed as mnemonics. A classic example is the Apgar score to test the health of newborns. It was named after the American physician Virginia Apgar but to help student doctors and nurses remember the system, it has been changed to the acronym “Appearance, Pulse, Grimace, Activity, and Respiration”. Similarly, the US Amber Alert programme is said to mean “America’s Missing: Broadcast Emergency Response”, though it was actually named after a missing child, Amber Hagerman.

Backronyms are frequently humorous — Microsoft’s Bing, some quip, is actually an acronym for “Because It’s Not Google”; world-weary sailors say navy really means “Never Again Volunteer Yourself”, some car owners hold that Ford stands for “Fix Or Repair Daily”. Many of this type are actually reinterpreted acronyms, included by courtesy in the backronym collection because nobody has yet come up with a different -nym for them. For example, the name of the one-time Belgian national airline Sabena (which derives from “Société Anonyme Belge d’Exploitation de la Navigation Aérienne”, bless the guy who shortened it) was said to be an acronym for “Such A Bad Experience, Never Again”

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