Thursday, September 12, 2013

International Writing Round-Up

Amazon will begin to sell e-books and traditional print books as package deals. What will this mean for writers? TheNew York Times tells us more.

For writers in Zurich (or those looking for an excuse to visit Switzerland) Nuance Words has announced a full-day workshop onwriting for children. It will be held on January 25, 2014. There’s an early-bird discount, so sign up soon.

Great rant from Reading & Chickens blogger, Shalini, on quitting the things we don’t want to do and concentrating on the things we do (like writing books).

Chicken Soup for the Soul Books is looking for stories about dogs for their new The Dog Did What? title. Pay is $200 and authors retain their copyright.

Finally, Writer Abroad has finished another copywriting project: a television commercial forSwiss International Air Lines. She wrote the script. 

Anyone else have writing news to share? 

Thursday, September 5, 2013

How to find an editor

I used Grammarly to grammar check this post, because it’s about finding an editor, not being one.

Whether submitting to publishers or agents (or for authors who publish independently), finding an editor has never been more important. The publishing industry no longer spends time or money developing new talent, so the new talent must develop itself.

Luckily, based on Writer Abroad’s experience, independent editors are relatively easy to find these days. With more publishers downsizing, there is a huge selection of editors eager to find work. But how does a writer find the right editor?

Writer Abroad had this dilemma a few months ago. So she wanted to share her editor search process with you.

At first, she researched websites like The Independent Editors Group. She read the bios of the editors and determined which editors might be right for her project. But rather than email them cold, she went to LinkedIn to determine if she knew someone who knew her chosen editors.

Turned out she did. One of her contacts on LinkedIn highly recommended one particular editor from The Independent Editors Group. So Writer Abroad was connected with her. This editor agreed to read the first 50 pages of her book. However, it turned out she was not the right editor for the book, as she preferred to do structural editing rather than copyediting.

So back to the drawing board.

Writer Abroad began emailing authors she knew (and whose work she respected) to ask if they had copyeditor recommendations (note: it’s very important to know what kind of editing you are lookingfor to begin with). One author Writer Abroad knew gave her the contact info for the editor at Bloomsbury who had edited her book. This editor was now working independently, however, the timing didn’t work out as she was very busy.

So this same author gave Writer Abroad another editor she knew and this one turned out to be a perfect match. After reading first part of Writer Abroad’s book, this editor already had initial thoughts that Writer Abroad loved as well as a reasonable price, so Writer Abroad hired her to copyedit her book.

It’s not a straightforward process to find an editor, but Writer Abroad thinks the most important thing writers can do from the first day they call themselves a writer is to network with other writers and publishing professionals. That way, when you’re finally ready, you’ll have trusted people that can help you out.

How did you find your editor?


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