Category Archives: Editing

When you disagree with the editor

There’s nothing quite like that moment when you get a manuscript critique back from your editor. Nothing quite like that rush of exhilaration mixed with apprehension … or possibly abject terror. What will the editor say? How much will you … Continue reading

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Word crimes, pet peeves, and judgment calls

If you’re a self-appointed member of the grammar police, you’ve likely heard “Weird Al” Yankovic’s latest. You couldn’t miss it. All your friends and colleagues sent you a link five minutes after it was uploaded to YouTube.     The … Continue reading

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5 ways to get honest feedback on your manuscript

In our last installment, I pointed out that friends and family members are more likely to give glowing evaluations of your work than total strangers. They can’t help it. They like you, so they want to like what you’ve done. … Continue reading

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Why good friends make bad reviewers

“I had some friends read my book, and they thought it was good.” I’ve heard this refrain many times, usually when the subject of editing comes up. Whether the author hasn’t budgeted for it or believes she doesn’t need any … Continue reading

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The right question: How to make sure you get the editing you need

Not long ago, a first-time author listed a job on an editorial freelancing site that I frequent. His manuscript had already been edited, he said, so all he needed was for someone to catch the leftover errors in spelling and … Continue reading

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