Write well. Write often. Edit wisely.
A few recommendations for reference books for writers and editors. Treat someone else to a practical gift that they’ll love or treat yourself.
A reader wondered what she should study to help her become an editor. Study whatever interests you and a whole lot more.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.