Workshop on Editing MuseItUp Conference June 4th
This workshop presented by authors of Muse Publishing runs through the entire month
of June. Every noon a daily noon sales table will be open to showcase the book special for 99 cents.
Everyday a new workshop on writing will be presented by a different author. Subjects vary, but all involve the art of good writing.
Welcome to my workshop on editors and editing.
My name is Inga Joan Hobernicht. I am author of Jeri Bittle published on line by MusePublishing. I t is a story about a Wyoming ranch housewife whose husband is murdered. I have two novels published by Publish America. I am an elderly retired country school-teacher. I have taken several courses on writing at the community college since retiring. We have four childen and ten grandchildren. I am pleased to present this workshop and I hope you enjoy it.
Editors and You
Editor: One who edits:
Edit: to revise, assemble, or prepare for publication:
(The Merriam Webster dictionary)
Job description of a novel editor: http:/www.ehow.com/about_6118173_jobdescription-novel-editor.html
Should have a minimum of a bachelor's degree in English, literature, creative writing, or a related field.
WE will discuss:
The Importance of Editors:
Disagreeing with editors
Working with editors
THE IMPORTANCE OF EDITORS:
A reader likes to enjoy the read and not be distracted by irritating errors. Besides the obvious; correcting grammar, punctuation,spelling, and typos, the content and flow of the manuscript must be addresssed.
the editor looks at the story with fresh eyes.
EXAMPLE: Of course you know Hetty is John's aunt, but did you inform your readers of the relationship? a professional editor can spot that immediately. This type of problem exists in sequels time after time.
Some publishers use two types of editors; content, and line.
The content editor checks for the flow of the story. Does it begin with a situation that draws the reader into the plot and make the reader want to read more? that is called a "hook."
Are transitions from one scene to the other clear? are characters remaining in character? are the subplots in sync with the main one? does the story maintain the reader's interest, or does it ramble off into unecessary back story or description?
The content editor looks for these problems and more.
The line editor keeps her eye on the form of the manuscript. The reversed quotation mark, the omission of commas,spelling errors, basic grammar, incorrect usage of pronouns, headings, hyphens, margins,numerals, parenthesis, quotations, references, and many more do's and don'ts.
Do you have something that turns up in your work frequently? (an overuse of a certain word,too many 'ands', and not enough commas. It is so easy to become lax in checking my grammar. (I thought Iknew it all)
I would like to hear about your reasons for having your manuscripts edited.
My next post will be at eight Pacific time.