The Five Types of Editing: How to Choose the Right One for Your Book

The Five Types of Editing: How to Choose the Right One for Your Book

Before self-publishing exploded and transformed the book industry, most authors published their books by traditional means. You either got an agent who sold your book to a publisher, or you worked with a publisher directly. Once your book was in the publisher’s hands, they took care of the editing, which was mostly done behind closed doors. You didn’t have to worry about persnickety things like misplaced modifiers, Oxford commas, and bad breaks—and I don’t mean the dating kind.

Nowadays, the publishing process has become more transparent, and you have access to freelance editing services that can help give your book a fighting chance in the marketplace. So, let’s cover what these services are and determine which type of edit would most benefit your book.

AWP 2017 Conference & Bookfair

AWP 2017 Conference & Bookfair

The Artful Editor will be an exhibitor at the AWP Conference and Bookfair from February 9-11, 2017, in Washington, DC. If you are attending the conference, please visit our table (743-T) and say hello! This will be our second year as exhibitors.

Christina and I will be showcasing a few books we've edited and will be available to answer any questions you may have about editing and publishing.

Story Planning: How to Develop a Great MG or YA Novel

Story Planning: How to Develop a Great MG or YA Novel

I have exciting news! I'll be giving a workshop on Story Planning: How to Develop a Great Middle Grade or Young Adult Novel, in Honolulu, Hawaii, on Friday, March 18th, 2016.

Every year, SCBWI–Hawaii hosts a two-day conference for children's book writers.

I grew up on Oahu and love having the chance to return to my childhood home and eat my mother's homemade Korean food.

 

Author Spotlight: Glenn Damato

Author Spotlight: Glenn Damato

Glenn Damato's sailing memoir, Breaking Seas, sold over 20,000 copies in a little over two years. This memoir tells the story about an overweight, middle-aged software instructor who, dissatisfied with his humdrum life, quits his job and embarks on a sailing adventure around the world, a journey for which he is terribly unprepared.

In this interview, Glenn talks about his writing process, his decision to self-publish, and his experience working with a developmental editor. He also shares some valuable tips on how to market your book successfully.

Why You Need a Beta Reader

Why You Need a Beta Reader

Okay, you’ve been working on your novel for a year, maybe two. It’s 80,000 words long and you’ve just typed the final sentence of your book. You hit “save” and sit back. It feels good. What’s your next move? Hire a copyeditor, right?

The answer is no. Your best move now is to hire a beta reader. Why? Because beta readers are generally free and can do some marvelous work for you.