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Longtime author, editor, and publisher, Mark Gilroy, shares three simple secrets to help writers work most effectively with editors. Simple enough for novice authors - with some insights that will ...

Longtime author, editor, and publisher, Mark Gilroy, shares three simple secrets to help writers work most effectively with editors. Simple enough for novice authors - with some insights that will help the most experienced of writers.

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SECRETS OF WORKING WITH AN EDITOR Presentation Transcript

  • 1. 3 Secrets of Working With an Editor A PRESENTATION FOR AUTHORS AND OTHER CREATIVES
  • 2. BOOK CONSUMER COMPLAINT Too many writers. Not enough editors.
  • 3. The self-publishing movement is great but without great editorial … TYPOS BAD GRAMMAR INCONSISTENCIES INCONGRUITIES ABOUND!
  • 4. Whether working with a publisher or self-publishing, even the most meticulous and talented writer needs a good editor.
  • 5. Great Editorial Delivers 3 Cs CONSISTENCY CLARITY CORRECTNESS
  • 6. Secret #1 PICK THE RIGHT EDITOR
  • 7. If the decision is yours, make sure to hire an editor who knows your book’s category (and subcategory).
  • 8. Do you really want your romance author friend to edit your book of political essays?
  • 9. Some professional editors can cut across fiction and nonfiction lines and handle many subcategories – but better to find someone with knowledge and experience in your genre.
  • 10. After you select the right editor your task will be to trust that editor!
  • 11. If the decision is NOT yours, ask for a short list of books the editor has previously worked on. Do some spot reading to discover more about who you are going to work with.
  • 12. Secret #2 DEVELOP A STYLE SHEET
  • 13. A Style Sheet is a short document that communicates your vision for the work – and itemizes some rules for handling your style and content.
  • 14. A Style Sheet lists what is unique in your manuscript. It highlights details and specifics that are easy to get wrong.
  • 15. Examples NAMES WITH CHARACTER DESCRIPTIONS PLACES BOTH REAL AND IMAGINARY DATES AND OTHER TIME ELEMENTS SLANG | IDIOMS | “FOREIGN” PHRASES CULTURAL REFERENCES WRITING RULES YOU BROKE (AND WHY)
  • 16. “Isn’t this a lot of work?” YES
  • 17. “If I do this will my publisher and editor finally understand and always comply with how I want things done?” NO
  • 18. The publishing process is filled with redundancies. By design. The extra sets of eyes and hands on a manuscript improve consistency, correctness, and clarity.
  • 19. A GOOD EDITOR CAN SAVE YOU FROM AN IDEA OR APPROACH IN YOUR WRITING THAT MAKES SENSE TO NO ONE ELSE BUT YOU.
  • 20. A style sheet isn’t just for your editor. It is a great reference tool to help you as you write.
  • 21. Many publishers have a “house” Style Guide. ASK FOR A COPY This gives your editor time to focus on improving quality, not just fixing problems.
  • 22. Secret #3 RESPECT YOUR NEED FOR EDITORIAL INPUT
  • 23. This doesn’t mean you have to agree with every mark and correction. But if your way is better every time, it might be a warning sign that you are difficult – not that the editor is bad!
  • 24. Believe in your writing. Protect your voice and style. But respect your editor – and your reader too. Readers will lose respect for your writing (even if it has flashes of brilliance) if it is not …
  • 25. CONSISTENT CLEAR CORRECT
  • 26. Connect With Mark Gilroy Blog www.markgilroy.com Twitter @markgilroy Facebook www.facebook.com/markgilroy Facebook Fan Page www.facebook.com/MKGilroy.Author Pinterest www.pinterest.com/markgilroy/
  • 27. © Mark Gilroy Creative LLC