editing / hiring editors / self-editing

An Editor’s Overall Comments for a Free Sample Edit

This is part 9 of my series on “An Editor’s Comments.” These are actual comments I’ve made to clients, and are directed to their particular needs, so they are sometimes quite different than what you’ll find in a style manual or other editing book. I hope you’ll find these thoughts helpful! If you want to … Continue reading

concise writing / editing / length of books / querying agents and publishers

An Editor’s Comments on Manuscript Length

This is part 4 of my series on “An Editor’s Comments.” These are actual comments I’ve made to clients, and are directed to their particular needs, so they are sometimes quite different than what you’ll find in a style manual or other editing book. I hope you’ll find these thoughts helpful! If you want to learn … Continue reading

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Words of Encouragement from an Editor

This is part 3 of my series on “An Editor’s Comments.” These are actual comments I’ve made to clients, and are directed to their particular needs, so they are sometimes quite different than what you’ll find in a style manual or other editing book. I hope you’ll find these thoughts helpful! If you want to learn … Continue reading

beta readers / critiquing / editing / hiring editors / self-editing

An Editor’s Comments About The Editing Process

This is part 2 of my series on “An Editor’s Comments.” These are from actual comments I’ve made to clients, and are directed to their particular needs, so they are sometimes quite different than what you’ll find in a style manual or other editing book. I hope you’ll find these thoughts helpful! If you want to … Continue reading

editing / punctuation / self-editing

An Editor’s Comments About Commas

Introduction to “An Editor’s Comments” series: Over the next while, I’ll be posting samples of comments that I have made to my editing and proofreading clients. Some will be on “technical” aspects, like today’s topic, “commas.” Others will be on things like style, choosing a publishing method, considering your audience, or developing a theme. My … Continue reading

editing / self-editing / writer's and self-editor's reference library / writers' tools

A Writer’s and Self-Editor’s Reference Library

This is #1 of a series of 5 posts with tips and tasks related to self-editing. See the links at the bottom of the post for other articles in this series. So–you want to be a writer? You need a reference library! Maybe you have been developing a great idea–fiction or non-fiction–for many years. Maybe … Continue reading

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Poetry Writing and Self-Editing Tips – Part 2

This is Part 2 of a two-part series on poetry tips: Tips for self-editing your poetry. Part 1 in this series discussed: Tips for building your poetry skills.   Tips for self-editing your poetry: Edit your poem several times. After each edit, put the poem away and let it percolate in your mind. Tinker with … Continue reading

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Poetry Writing and Self-Editing Tips- Part 1

This is Part 1 of a two-part series on poetry tips: Tips for building your poetry skills. Part 2 in this series will discuss: Tips for self-editing your poetry. Tips for building your poetry skills: Read lots of different kinds of poetry, both old and new, in order to improve your own work. Read newly … Continue reading

art and writing / editing / editing humour / editors marks / self-editing

A Collection of Editing Marks

Reasons to still edit on paper manuscripts: While a lot of editing nowadays is done directly on e-file manuscripts using editing software such as Microsoft Word’s “Comments” and “Track Changes,” there are still good reasons to do hands-on editing on paper/print-out manuscripts: When editing a long manuscript, it can be easier on your eyes than … Continue reading