Write well. Write often. Edit wisely.
I wanted to give everyone a heads-up about new features coming soon (one very soon) to The Editor’s Blog.
Beginning this week if I can finish the setup, The Editor’s Blog will include a members-only section. Nothing will change here in the public areas of the blog—you’ll still find new articles on craft, on the mechanics of writing, and on encouragement for those days when you need a push. But I’m expanding the site to include a member forum, do-it-yourself (DIY) lessons, Fiction Talk—a once-monthly real-time discussion on craft issues and problem areas—and even some mini-classes (perhaps quarterly or monthly, depending on interest and scheduling realities). There will be a yearly membership fee for this service.
There will also be an ever-growing resource section, with useful links and information for both writers and editors.
After the member area gets going, next to come will be books. I’ve been asked more than once to put together collections of related articles from the blog in book form—I plan to offer collections (PDFs) on both writing and editing topics. You’ll be able to purchase the collections, and a select few will be included as free downloads to paid members.
I’ve got a couple other offerings on tap, but those won’t be started until after the new year.
I hope you’ll continue to find what you need for both writing and editing here at The Editor’s Blog.
Professional Editors and Proofreaders
I’m also considering adding a separate forum for editors and proofreaders, a place where we can discuss not only craft, but other issues—how to approach an edit, the different services an editor could/should provide, techniques for explaining story and technical issues clearly to clients, and even techniques to improve our own skills.
Editors, feel free to leave comments about this issue, but I’ll be providing a link soon so you can share your comments and questions with me directly. Because membership to a Pro forum would need a filter, expect to be asked to offer confirmation that you’re a professional (or near professional) editor or proofreader in order to join such a forum.
I’m excited. This new service and the resources to be found there should help us all improve our skills.
Let me know if you have comments or questions.
Several of you have asked about pricing. I’ll include my intended prices as of October 29,2014. These prices may change before registration begins, but I’m pretty firm about the numbers.
Founding Members—$35 for the first year and $50 renewal every year thereafter (until membership lapses or until the site closes, whichever comes first). The Founding Member level is a special offer that will be available for a limited time only—the first seven (7) days that membership is available.
Legacy Members—$50 for the first year, $60 every year thereafter. Legacy Membership will also be available for a limited time—from the day the Founding Members introductory offer is over until December 31, 2014.
General Membership—Beginning January 1, 2015, general membership will be $60 per year. This general membership price is subject to change. (As the membership site accrues resources, it’s likely the yearly membership fee will reflect the growth in content and value.)
No matter what the membership fee becomes after January 1, 2015, Founding Members will never pay more than $50 per year and Legacy Members will never pay more than $60 per year as long as they don’t let their memberships lapse. If Founding or Legacy members cancel membership or let it lapse and then want to renew, membership will renew at the then-current price (at least $60).
PDF Collections—Collections of related articles will be released as PDF books in the near future. Collections will have different prices, depending on the content, but I’m aiming for most to be between $3.99 and $6.99.