Posts Tagged ‘editing’

Having trouble finding the right editor for your book or novel?  I have worked with several editors on several projects and I can tell you there are good ones and bad ones, ethical ones and unethical ones.  Unfortunately, there is only one way to be reasonably sure of getting quality output for your manuscript.

Start by perusing these lists of editors.  Look closely at their qualifications, publications they’ve worked on and any testimonials you can find.  Go to each editors website and read it thoroughly.  Ask questions about what kind of work they’ve done in the past and if none are readily available on their website, ask to see some.

To start you off here are 5 good lists of editors, both freelance and non-freelance.  Do your research, be informed and then make a choice based on those conclusions.  The best option is always to take sufficient time in making your decision.

  1. Freelance Proofreaders, Freelance Editors, Proofreaders, Editors – Guru.com.
  2. Canberra Society of Editors
  3. Editorial Freelancers Association
  4. Rants & Ramblings:  On Life as a Literary Agent
  5. Book Editing Associates

Now it’s your turn.  Do you know of a good editor?  Would you like to see him or her spotlighted on this blog?  Feel free to contact me at authormikebailey@gmail.com!  I would love to interview a good editor and get them some exposure here!

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10 Ways to Create a Plot Twist

by T.N. Tobias on November 8, 2010 at 11:00 am in Writing

This entry is ~1100 words long and will take about 8.5 minutes to read.

vadertwistEvery story is more exciting with a twist. As a writer, though, it can be difficult to find that right scenario, that right moment and character to turn on its head and send the story veering into unpredictable new directions. It’s scary too. Wandering too far away from the tried and true summons more of the self-doubt that fictionists already seem to be full up on.

But, as with anything, there are templates to the twist or even ways to make your linear plot seem to have a twist simply by withholding information. Neat trick, huh? So here are ten general ways to introduce a plot twist, one of which is sure to fit into any manuscript. Be forewarned, giving examples of plot twists involves heavy spoilers. While I’ve tried to pick examples that are old enough and popular enough to be widely known, you’re mileage may vary.

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Shifting the blocks

November 4th, 2010 by Juliet Marillier

I hate structural editing. I think I’m quite a lazy writer. In my ideal world I would finish the manuscript and find that the only editing required was a quick trawl through to pick up clunky style, repeated words etc. Because I am a planner par excellence, and because I edit so much as I go, I should be able to achieve that with no trouble. Sometimes I have.

My work in progress is a young adult novel, the first in a new series called Shadowfell, and I’ve been aiming at a word count somewhere between 90,000 and 120,000. Past experience suggested I’d finish closer to the upper figure. My critique group has been reading a couple of chapters a month and providing very useful feedback as I progress, and I’ve been working in my usual way, continuously revising the earlier chapters as I add new ones. About a month ago, at around 70,000 words, I saw a structural problem looming.

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