Read Local by Tag: editing
Writers hear it all the time. Edit, edit, edit. Hemingway even said everyone needs an editor. You can check out books on how to self-edit, take classes, or even hire an editor. But the best way to improve your writing and editing skills is practice. Prime Number Magazine's 53-Word Story Contest is a perfect way to do that.
Lisa Mangum has worked with books ever since elementary school, when she volunteered at the school library during recess. She worked for five years at Waldenbooks while she attended the University of Utah, graduating with honors with a degree in English. She has worked in the publishing industry since 1997. In 2014 she was named the Managing Editor for Shadow Mountain.
“Kill your darlings!” Writers hear it all the time. Originally spoken by Fitzgerald, writers like Stephen King and Anne Lamott have repeated it. But what does it mean to kill your darlings? Elmore Leonard said “if it sounds like writing, I re-write it,” and I suspect he’s right. But we still haven’t gotten to the art of revision. How does a writer identify what sounds like writing?
Sara E. Lundberg, a freelance editor based in Lawrence, KS, was kind enough to answer a few questions about her work as an editor. If you have ever considered a career as an editor, or wondered if you might benefit from having an editor, read on.
How would you describe your job and the work you do as an editor?
So you drafted a novel during NaNoWriMo. Now what? Contact agents and publishers? Well, maybe not quite yet. But don't put it in a drawer and forget about it either. Join Dr. Juliet Kincaid, novelist and long-time teacher of writing at Johnson County Community College, for guidance through the revision process that includes revising for content and structure, getting feedback from your peers, and editing.