Tonight, we talked all about editing. We had author and editor Tammy Salyer on, and she answered our dozen-odd questions about copy-editing, proofreading, and substantive editing (the latter being something that proved difficult for some of us to pronounce… not saying any names here!). Since Tammy writes military science fiction and is working on an epic fantasy trilogy, she was a great person to have on our particular show, to give us information about genre stuff as well as regular editing issues. Here’s a taste of what we covered:
- What are the differences between proofreading, copy-editing, and substantive editing, and how does an author know what he or she needs?
- How can good editing make the marketing side of things easier?
- Are there any common mistakes that new authors (or old ones!) make?
- What should you do if you can’t afford to hire an editor? Are there are any tips or is there editing software that can help?
- What are red flags that you should look for when hiring an editor?
- What are samples pages and how can they help you find a good editor?
- How slavishly should authors cling to grammatical rules?
For more information or to check out Tammy’s editing services, visit her at Inspired Ink Editing.