Category: Editing

Formatting and Publishing Resources for Kindle

Posted February 13, 2014 by Amanda Shofner in Editing
Formatting and Publishing Resources for Kindle

Formatting and publishing turned out to be one of the easiest parts of the process for me. Which I thought was kinda crazy. (When I say formatting here, I’m talking about ebook formatting only; paperback is another ballgame.) But here’s what I used:   Microsoft Word MS Word isn’t necessary. As long as your word […]

Copy Editing Versus Proofreading (And Why You Want Both)

Posted February 6, 2014 by Amanda Shofner in Editing
Copy Editing Versus Proofreading (And Why You Want Both)

You have an inflated opinion of your own writing I’m just going to let that one float for a while. Most people seem to think they can skip copy editing and go straight for proofreading because they’ve been over their manuscript so many times already they’ve edited the crap out. And they’re wrong. Proofreading is […]

Content Editing

Posted January 30, 2014 by Amanda Shofner in Editing
Content Editing

Confession: I loathe the word editor. It’s why I call myself a sentence wrangler. Nothing is wrong with the word editor, exactly. But because editor is an all-purpose word to describe a number of specialized jobs, no one knows what you do when you say, “I’m an editor.” Sentence wrangler, on the other hand, is […]

How to Deal with Feedback (Without Freaking Out)

Posted January 23, 2014 by Amanda Shofner in Editing
How to Deal with Feedback (Without Freaking Out)

If you think sending out your manuscript is the scariest part of the editing process, just wait until you start receiving feedback. That email and attachment will mock you while it sits in your inbox waiting for you to work up the nerve to open it. But I have a little secret about feedback, and […]

A Quick and Easy Guide to Beta Readers

Posted January 16, 2014 by Amanda Shofner in Editing
A Quick and Easy Guide to Beta Readers

Once you’ve unearthed yourself from the drudges of self-editing, it’s time to bring others into your editing process. And while this part is scary, it’s absolutely necessary. No matter how much you pored over your manuscript, you’ll always be blind to certain aspects that you’ll need someone else to point out. Ahem. I repeat: you’ll […]