Self-Editing Yourself Into Print

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Self-Editing Yourself Into Print

Postby Anna_erishkigal » Mon Jul 27, 2015 9:50 pm

Whether you hope to land a traditional publishing contract or intend to self-publish, the task of editing falls largely upon the author. Most traditional publishing house will not invest in a manuscript that needs anything but superficial editing, while online reviewers will crucify a self-published book whose editing is less than stellar. Learn how to self-edit your manuscript, where to scrounge up beta readers, critique groups: pros and cons, what to look for if you hire a professional editor, and how to make your 'baby' the best book you can.

This is envisioned as a practical 'how to do the thing' panel and not a 'you should edit your book' panel.

Issues that should be discussed:

- Types of editing
o Developmental - the big picture
o Content - making sure things work
o Proofreading
- Pitfalls of editing your own work: 'My babies are perfect!' syndrome
- Maintaining your 'voice'
- 'Commercial' fiction expectations vs. 'literary' fiction expectations
- Self-Editing resources (books, classes,, etc.)
- Critique groups: the good, the bad, and the ugly
- Beta readers - how to get a response other than 'that's nice.'
- What should you look for in a professional editor (and where do you find one)?
- How to work with a 'real' editor to get the most bang for your buck
- Scams to avoid
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