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8th Annual 805 Writers Conference

  • Mandalay Beach Resort 2101 Mandalay Beach Rd Oxnard, CA United States (map)

Sunday, November 3

2:45 to 3:45 pm — Editorial Magic: Revising Your Way to Success

with professional editors Emily Heckman and Naomi Kim Eagleson

There is nothing harder than laying down a solid first draft. But this essential, solitary work sets the writer up to invite another who will bring fresh insight and energy to the work, lifting up both the text and the author. This is where a developmental editor steps in as an aspiring author’s best first reader, ally, and story whisperer.

An incredible kind of magic occurs when an editor and a writer collaborate, proving the axiom that two heads are indeed better than one. The editor’s job is to advocate for the story, to champion the work in such a way that the writer sees their own work with keener eyes and renewed passion. It’s a joint venture where egos are set aside so the joyful work of creating a successful narrative can take place.

In this session, you’ll learn how to get your draft ready to send to an editor, how to get the most out of the author-editor relationship, and some crucial tips to becoming a better writer.

Both of our speakers have long professional histories as editors and have helped launch the careers of many successful writers.

Emily Heckman has held senior editorial positions at S&S, Random House, MacMillan Books, and Grove Press. She’s worked in-house with top genre authors such as Stephen King, Mary Higgins Clark, Ann Rule, and Jeffery Deaver. As a writer, she’s co-authored nine nonfiction books that have all been published by “Big 5” houses. She continues to edit both fiction and nonfiction through her company, EHE: Emily Heckman Editorial.

Naomi Kim Eagleson founded The Artful Editor, a book editing company, in 2010 and now manages twenty editors who have edited in-house or freelanced for New York publishing houses, including Simon & Schuster, Penguin Random House, and HarperCollins; university presses; and small presses.