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Should Editors Write?

on April 18th, 2014 by Fiction Editor Beth Hill

Encouragement for fiction editors to experience story from the inside by writing either short or long fiction, whatever they typically edit.

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More Reference Books for Writers & Editors

on December 8th, 2012 by Fiction Editor Beth Hill

A few recommendations for reference books for writers and editors. Treat someone else to a practical gift that they’ll love or treat yourself.

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Jack of all Trades? That’d Be an Editor—A Reader’s Question . . .

on February 13th, 2012 by Fiction Editor Beth Hill

A reader wondered what she should study to help her become an editor. Study whatever interests you and a whole lot more.

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Why I Would Decline an Edit

on December 7th, 2011 by Fiction Editor Beth Hill

I don’t take on every manuscript that’s sent to me for editing. The simple reason is that many are not ready for a professional edit. A look at my reasons for turning down an edit.

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Style Sheets—The Setup and the Benefits

on July 12th, 2011 by Fiction Editor Beth Hill

A style sheet is an easy way to manage consistency in a manuscript. Writer or editor, consider putting together a style sheet for every project.

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Must Editors Be Good Writers—A Reader’s Question

on June 30th, 2011 by Fiction Editor Beth Hill

A number of visitors to The Editor’s Blog have asked if editors need to know how to write, if they must be good writers to be good editors. I say yes.

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Checklist for Editors

on June 7th, 2011 by Fiction Editor Beth Hill

Editors bring both skill and artistry to their craft. But sometimes you just need a list of reminders about what to check on in an edit. This is a checklist appropriate for both the professional and the writer who self-edits.

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What Should an Editor Do for a Writer?

on October 29th, 2010 by Fiction Editor Beth Hill

Editors have responsibilities to their authors. Read about some of those standards. A list for editors, as reminders. For writers, so you can know what to expect.

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Editor’s Lament

on June 18th, 2010 by Fiction Editor Beth Hill

Freelance editors are competent professionals whose aim is to improve their clients’ writing. They certainly don’t scheme to make a manuscript worse. Nor are they con men, eager to separate the naive writer from his hard-earned money. You can trust a qualified editor to make your work better and cleaner.

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