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Comments for Firebrand Publishing https://firebrandpublishing.com "Your one stop shop for publishing and marketing your book." Sun, 04 Sep 2016 16:00:17 +0000 hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.1 Comment on Copyediting & Proofreading by Znjezdan https://firebrandpublishing.com/product/copyediting-proofreading/#comment-3829 Thu, 26 Nov 2015 17:08:13 +0000 http://firebrandpublishing.com/?post_type=product&p=253#comment-3829 I am a professional edtoir (a.k.a. Book Doctor ) and I’d like to echo this: I review “professionally edited” manuscripts all the time, and I see no evidence of professional editing. I, too, get manuscripts from clients all the time who say they’ve had it edited previously, and I can’t tell either. I don’t know what these other so-called edtoirs are doing for these people.My guess: they’re doing a superficial copy edit and calling it a day. That’s no help.I gave a talk last night at the monthy meeting of the Pacific Northwest Writers Association (PNWA.org a great organization to join if you’re in the Pacific Northwest) all about what book doctors do, which bears exactly on Jane’s point.It’s the difference between developmental editing, and line editing or copy editing.Developmental editing is big-picture stuff, looking at your novel from the perspective of its underlying premise, the construction of the plot, the portrayal and development of the characters, et cetera.Line editing is a much narrower view of a work, focusing on the words on the page, and how to improve it at the sentence-by-sentence level.Copy editing gets you a human spell-check, grammar-check, and fixes your punctuation. Maybe some light fact-checking as well.I spent an enormous amount of time in my talk last night making sure the audience understood the difference between those three things, and when to ask for each.I like to make an analogy to a house. If you’re not an architect or a builder, but you set out to build a house, chances are you’re going to end up with a cracked foundation, walls that aren’t plumb and square, doors that don’t open smoothly, and a floorplan that doesn’t flow well. This is to be expected: you’ve build a house when you’re not an expert in the art of house-craft.Ditto with novels, especially the first few novels you try to write. Chances are, unless you are a particularly gifted writer whose talents will inspire envy in all around them, your first manuscript is going to have serious structural flaws. This is to be expected. You’re not an expert yet.Now when you try to sell that house or query your manuscript what should you expect? Not much. Nobody’s going to buy a deeply flawed house, nor a deeply flawed manuscript.A developmental edit is like hiring a structural engineer to fix the place up right.A line edit is like hiring a painter to put a fresh coat on, inside and out.A copy edit is like hiring a cleaning service to come in and make the place spotless before you start inviting prospective buyers in to see the place.The problem is that most writers, especially those who are just starting out, don’t know about the existence or value of developmental editing. They finish the manuscript, and I get an e-mail in which they excitedly ask for a line edit. That’s most people’s traditional image of editing. They don’t know there are other kinds of editing that might serve them better.They don’t need a line edit, because there is no amount of paint you can slap on a house with a cracked foundation and holes in the wall that’s going to make it sell. There just isn’t. It’s a waste of time and money for all concerned. Before anything else, they need that structural engineer to come in and take a look first.I want to echo this that Jane says as well: Quality edtoirs will not take any job thrown at them. That’s true, too. Personally, I won’t turn any client away, but neither will I do a line edit just because someone asks. Most of the time (in excess of 95% of the time, honestly), that’s not what the client really needs.I love doing line edits because they’re more work, so I can charge more for them, and because I really enjoy working with the words on the page. That’s fun for me.But there is nothing harder in this world for a book doctor to do than to line edit a manuscript that you know will never sell because you can see the structural flaws in it.So what happens is that in most cases, after I explain the difference between line editing and developmental editing, the client ends up opting for the latter. Which is ultimately better for them. Why pay a lot of money slapping paint on a broken house?.-= Jason Black s last blog .. =-.Like? 3

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Comment on Enter to WIN a complete Book Publishing Package with a full author website by Amy https://firebrandpublishing.com/enter-to-win-a-complete-book-publishing-package-with-a-full-author-website/#comment-48 Thu, 06 Mar 2014 19:05:53 +0000 http://firebrandpublishing.com/?p=441#comment-48 If you win, maybe you should donate or gift your win to someone who is ready to go. That would be a nice thing to do. They’ll be other contests. Once the winner is chosen, we will start the publishing process. It is best to be ready or almost ready to go. That way you can gain the full benefit of the prize.

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Comment on Enter to WIN a complete Book Publishing Package with a full author website by Amy https://firebrandpublishing.com/enter-to-win-a-complete-book-publishing-package-with-a-full-author-website/#comment-44 Wed, 05 Mar 2014 21:22:05 +0000 http://firebrandpublishing.com/?p=441#comment-44 Awesome! Good Luck!

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Comment on Enter to WIN a complete Book Publishing Package with a full author website by Barbara J. Watties https://firebrandpublishing.com/enter-to-win-a-complete-book-publishing-package-with-a-full-author-website/#comment-39 Tue, 04 Mar 2014 17:27:43 +0000 http://firebrandpublishing.com/?p=441#comment-39 I have 2 children’s manuscripts ready to go.

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Comment on Enter to WIN a complete Book Publishing Package with a full author website by Amy https://firebrandpublishing.com/enter-to-win-a-complete-book-publishing-package-with-a-full-author-website/#comment-36 Mon, 03 Mar 2014 21:00:48 +0000 http://firebrandpublishing.com/?p=441#comment-36 Awesome! Good luck.

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Comment on Enter to WIN a complete Book Publishing Package with a full author website by A Ward https://firebrandpublishing.com/enter-to-win-a-complete-book-publishing-package-with-a-full-author-website/#comment-30 Sun, 02 Mar 2014 04:45:45 +0000 http://firebrandpublishing.com/?p=441#comment-30 Book is ready to go

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Comment on Enter to WIN a complete Book Publishing Package with a full author website by Amy https://firebrandpublishing.com/enter-to-win-a-complete-book-publishing-package-with-a-full-author-website/#comment-29 Sun, 02 Mar 2014 03:11:55 +0000 http://firebrandpublishing.com/?p=441#comment-29 Good Luck!

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