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Peer Critique Versus Professional Editing: When, Why and How to Use Both | Jane Friedman

Jane Friedman has answered some typical questions about who and when to have people read your manuscript before publishing.

I always encourage a writer, before they hand a manuscript off to anyone, to print out the piece on paper (or look at it on a different device e.g. a tablet vs a computer screen – it’s not quite a good as looking at it on paper but it does help make it appear different to your brain). Once you’ve got it on paper, read it out loud. These two things can greatly help you self-edit before you ask others to take their time to read your piece.

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Developmental editors, critique partners, sensitivity readers, friends—feedback comes from different people, for different reasons, at different times.

Source: Peer Critique Versus Professional Editing: When, Why and How to Use Both | Jane Friedman

Forging Sentence Ties That Bind – Editing Fun (?)

This is one of the books that I use when I have a grammar or punctuation questions. You’d think grammar and punctuation are straightforward, but they are not.

Another great book I would recommend is “Woe Is I” by Patricia T. O’Conner. It’s easy to use and has great information.

If you want a good laugh (yes, grammar and punctuation can be funny), read “Eats, Shoots and Leaves” by Lynne Truss

And for good online assistance, the Purdue OWL is the best!

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Strong writing—writing that moves, directs, and connects people—conveys thoughts and ideas with clarity and efficiency. Badly placed words create vagueness and…

Source: Forging Sentence Ties That Bind – Grammar and Punctuation

How to Use Paragraph Breaks to Guide the Reader’s Experience 

Always good information from Ms Weiland. Here is a recent post about how and why to use paragraph breaks. To help us all make reading an even more pleasant experience for the people we write for!

Enjoy!

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Writers must use paragraph breaks to direct a reader’s experience of the story’s action and pacing. Here are three guiding principles to keep in mind.

Source: Critique: How to Use Paragraph Breaks to Guide the Reader’s Experience – Helping Writers Become Authors

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Amazon is Cutting Services For Authors

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I don’t know if you’ve heard, but Amazon is cutting it’s editing, design and marketing services.

“After a thorough review of our service offerings, we’ve made the decision to discontinue Createspace’s paid professional editing, design and marketing services,” Amazon said in a statement. “We will work closely with impacted employees through this transition to help them find new roles within the company or assist them with pursuing opportunities outside the company.”

Here is a post by Thad Moore on The Post and Courior.

But never fear!!

There are many people out there like me, who work on a freelance basis and can help you edit and design and market your story. I’ve been a member and the Southcentral Wisconsin Chapter Coordinator of the Editoral Freelancers Association for many years now and they are a great group of professionals from across the US (and I think a few in other countries as well) that aim to provide quality services and have the authors interest at heart.

If you need any kind of editing, design or marketing services, walk, don’t run –

to their site and submit a job listing. You’ll get more responses then you’ll know what to do with. And I may just be one of them 😉  Or just contact me directly at christinekeleny@yahoo.com for a quote.

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Hints For Working With An Editor

eraser1Chelsey Clammer makes some good points about working with an editor. I especially like the “overcommunication” idea!

Works for me!

http://www.wow-womenonwriting.com/81-TheSubmission-WorkingWithEditors.html

Working With Beta Readers

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Episode 5 of Mark Coker’s Apple Podcasts is about working with beta readers – A very important part of every writer’s process. Or it should be.

In this episode you’ll learn how to recruit beta readers, how to craft your questionnaire to collect the right feedback, and you’ll learn time-saving strategies to complete the round with minimal hassle.

Here are links to access the podcast:

Happy writing and editing!

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