I will be doing a presentation on editing for Utah Valley Writers this Thursday, March 12, 2015 at 7:00 pm (there will be a critique of writing just before that at 6pm). The meeting will be at the Orem Public Library (58 North State Street // Phone: 801.229.70500) in the Media Room (downstairs).
I was planning on talking mostly about being an editor of one’s own work, or an editor in a peer group (levels of editing, etc.). Then I asked my friend, Tiffini Knight (community outreach director for UVW) if she could query some of the members as to what specific questions they had for the presentation, and I’m so glad that I did. Their questions took my planning in new directions and I am excited to incorporate them into the discussion.
Here are some of the questions –
- What kind of training will a good editor have had?
- Should we stick with an editor of our genre?
- At what point can you tell your editor “no”?
- What are fair charges for editing?
- Talk about the contract; what components does it have?
- Can I expect that an editor will help me if I’m stuck?
- How many drafts can we expect to go through before our manuscripts may be ready to query?
- How about what to look for in edits? In editors?
- How to revise or rewrite (or get unstuck) during an edit if we are overwhelmed with the feedback we’ve received but know we should follow it?
- How to go about finding an editor? There are so many freelance editors, how can you tell if they’re good?
- In the past, we’ve gotten a lot of questions about the difference between line, content, copy, etc. editing . . . having her explain the difference?
- What are her thoughts on hiring a freelance editor before you submit your ms to a publisher/agent in the case of traditional publishing as your goal? Waste money, time, etc.? or Powerful education, helps your chances, etc.?
I am so excited about the direction and the feedback. What a great group! I am planning on posting any materials, etc. here for reference.
Hope to see you there!!