As a professional author, you can take critique and do many things with it, but here are several ways to interpret notes you receive from your beta readers, alpha readers, or editors.
Self-editing is not writing—it’s a completely different skill, and requires a completely different frame of mind. It requires you to look at your work as a reader will, not as the author.
With over a decade’s experience as an editor—in-house with a corporate publisher and an independent publishing house, and especially as a freelancer working with self-published authors—the skill that I treasure the most is empathy.
Image credit to Laura Fuhrman on Unsplash. Every reader can name the most memorable characters they have met in pages of print. Yet no matter the diversity of genre or age of the works in which these characters appear, each of these characters shares a common quality ̶ the ability to successfully lay claim to … Continue reading Guest Post: What Makes Memorable Characters by Irada Ronalder
What type of editing do you need? It depends on what you want the work to entail.
The convenience fairy is an extremely helpful little sprite that pops up every time the writer writes themselves into a pickle or when the writer realizes they’ve just stepped into a New York-sized plot hole.
Image credit to Steve Johnson on Unsplash. I’d like to talk about the dreaded writer’s block. I know some have some very strong opinions on how “real” this particular phenomenon is, but as someone who is no stranger to the terror of staring down a blank page, I do believe that some of us do … Continue reading Guest Post: Coping with Writer’s Block by Sara Potter
Only budgeting out time for the drafting process means your leaving out some important parts: pre-writing and revision, which are interconnected and crucial to how polished of a product your book becomes.
Image credit to Alvaro Reyes on Unsplash. One of the most common questions I see about editing relates to pricing. And understandably so. If you are self-publishing, you will probably need to hire an editor, cover designer and formatter. Editing is usually the most time-consuming — and therefore, the most expensive — part of this … Continue reading Guest Post: What Goes in to the Price of Editing by Lisa Thompson
I hear stories about authors losing work all too often because they haven’t backed it up frequently enough. Sometimes they get lucky and only lose a small section of writing, at other times they lose entire manuscripts.