Round 1…WRITE!

Hey there, writers.

I have a quest for you, if you choose to take it.

Post 100 (or fewer) words of your WIP (work in progress) in the comments below, and I will offer you editorial advice on it!

The advice I offer will be heavily grammatical and mechanical, but I will also give advice on word choice, pacing, character, clarity, etc. as appropriate.

Also, feel free to comment on your fellow writers’ work.

Now, show me what you’ve got!


Copy and Line Editing

I need a line editor for that title…yikes. But, I couldn’t come up with anything better, so there it stays.

Two weeks ago, I talked about what a proofreader does. Today, I am going to go one and two steps up and talk about copy editing and line editing.

The simple explanation is that copy editing is proofreading on steroids, and line editing is detailed developmental editing.

That doesn’t help much, so here’s a picture.

I’ve been working as a freelance editor for about a year and a half, and one thing that I have realized is that some (a lot?) of folks think these are all interchangeable terms. They’re all editing, right? No, they’re not. They’re completely different things, even though they sometimes bleed into one another. The lovely picture above shows the process your shiny, hot-off-the-keyboard manuscript will go through as it moves through the editing process. […]

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