concise writing / editing / self-editing

Awkward word order: examples

Sometimes real examples of writing issues are easier to understand than lengthy, complicated explanations. In this new series (see the list of “Real Examples of Various Writing Issues“) you’ll see various real-life writing problems and suggested solutions. Examples of Issues with Awkward Word Order: In the following cases, the writer might want to consider changing … Continue reading

beta readers / editing / English Second Language (ESL) writers / languages / self-editing / showing vs telling / writer's and self-editor's reference library

Common Editing Issues in English-Second-Language Manuscripts

Common issues on ESL manuscripts Below is a list of issues I found when editing a series of stories by an author who speaks English quite well, but for whom English is definitely a second language, and that is reflected in her writing. I have edited for ESL writers from many language backgrounds, and these … Continue reading

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

beta readers / critiquing / editing / encouragement for writers / inspiration for writing

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