Irish novelist Catherine Ryan Howard (a.k.a. Catherine Caffeinated) is nearing the end of a blockbuster blogging bonanza to generate excitement for the North American release of her suspense/thriller, Distress Signals, on 2 February. Her blog is an excellent source of information and ideas about getting published as she has experience with both traditional and self-publishing.
Earlier this week she posted a thoughtful discourse about receiving and responding to editorial feedback, which led me to search the blog’s archives for previous posts about editing. To save you the trouble of a similar search, here’s an annotated list of relevant links.
Why hire an editor?
Guest post that explains how editing is not about whether your writing is good but about making sure you put your very best work out there.
Structural editing for self-publishers
Guest post with useful information about structural (also called developmental) editing and suggestions for how to stay on budget without forgoing necessary feedback.
Copy-editors: what they really do
Guest post that describes copy-editing as both comprehensive and indispensable in preparing a manuscript for publication.
Guest post that explains how proofreading differs from other stages of manuscript preparation, with tips about ways to make the most of this highly specific editorial function.
How do you know when editorial feedback is right?
A frank discussion of the joys and agonies of the editing process.
Be sure to look through the comments that follow these posts as well, because they contain pertinent questions and further discussion.
Here’s to always putting forth the very best work we can!