PublishHER Podcast Episode 120: What Should I Do Before I Research an Editor? with Jenny Hubert

PublishHER Podcast Episode 120: What Should I Do Before I Research an Editor? with Jenny Hubert

Fantasy editor Jenny Hubert dives into the world of genre-specific editing, guiding indie authors towards improved manuscript quality.

Jenny Hubert, a seasoned freelance editor and writer based in the New York City area, brings over nine years of expertise in the editing domain, underpinned by a degree in communications and writing. Her unparalleled experience includes editing numerous number one new releases on Amazon for fantasy authors, solidifying her reputation as a go-to professional in the indie author community. Jenny's commitment to assisting authors in refining their manuscripts is evident in her publication, “The Book Editor Matchmaker,” which offers comprehensive guidance on vetting and hiring a book editor. With a keen focus on developmental editing, line editing, copy editing, and proofreading, Jenny provides invaluable genre-specific insights and meticulous attention to detail, ensuring improved manuscript quality for indie authors. Her dedication to enhancing the editing process and elevating authors' work positions her as an indispensable resource for indie authors seeking expert guidance in the editing journey.

“Remember, your editor is your friend and your partner to help you get your book better, not to tear you down.” – Jenny Hubert

Navigate Different Types of Editing
The editing process isn't one-dimensional; it expands through various stages from developmental to copy editing. It's crucial for authors to understand these stages and their specific needs in each. Balancing between focusing on the big-picture elements of the story and the nitty-gritty details like grammar and punctuation can greatly enhance the final manuscript.

 

Key Takeaways

  • Master the Art of Editing for Publishing Success
  • Navigate the Different Types of Book Editing
  • Discover How to Find the Ideal Editor for Your Genre
  • Explore Top Resources for Finding Professional Editors

Memorable Moments:

00:00:25 – Importance of Editing in the Writing Process
Host Alexa and Jenny discuss the crucial role of editing in the journey of writing a book. They emphasize the importance of editing to ensure a final product that readers will love and adore.

00:01:50 – Journey to Becoming an Editor
Jenny shares her journey of becoming an editor, starting with a degree in communications and writing. She discusses how the demand for book editors surged during the pandemic, leading her to dive into fulfilling the need for authors.

00:04:24 – Understanding Types of Editing
Jenny explains the five main types of editing – manuscript critique, developmental editing, line editing, copy editing, and proofreading. She emphasizes the importance of knowing the order of these editing types and their impact on the writing process.

00:06:16 – Managing Author Expectations
Alexa and Jenny discuss the role of an editor in improving a book, highlighting that an editor's goal is to elevate the book rather than achieving perfection. They emphasize the need for manageable and achievable advice to avoid overwhelming authors during the editing process.

00:14:50 – Importance of Genre in Editing
Jenny Hubert emphasizes the importance of finding an editor who works within your genre. Knowing the difference between fiction and nonfiction, as well as understanding the subgenre, is crucial for effective editing.

00:16:16 – Understanding Subgenres
Jenny discusses the impact of subgenres on editing, using an example of a cozy fantasy. Understanding the subgenre allows for tailored advice to match the specific style and stakes of the story.

00:18:27 – Finding the Right Editor
Jenny recommends resources like the Editorial Freelancers Association and Reedsy for finding an editor. She also highlights the value of author referrals for identifying a suitable editor for a specific genre.

00:20:47 – Specialization in Genres
Jenny mentions her primary focus on fantasy, science fiction, contemporary, and historical fiction editing. She explains her decision to avoid editing romance due to lack of familiarity with the genre's tropes.

00:21:36 – Contacting Jenny Hubert for Editing
Jenny shares that authors can reach out to her through her website, jennyhubertedits.com, to inquire about her editing services. She prefers email correspondence for official communications.

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PublishHER Podcast Episode 90: What Type of Editing Do You Need? With JoEllen Nordstrom

PublishHER Podcast Episode 90: What Type of Editing Do You Need? With JoEllen Nordstrom

 JoEllen Nordström hosts the Publishing Power Podcast for authors. She is the chief word wizard and owner of First Editing. As a fellow publishing enthusiast, JoEllen co-authored her first two books as an authorpreneur in 2005. As a progressive leader, JoEllen is recognized by the National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO) as an elite National Pioneer Award winner. JoEllen's professional online editing company has helped over 50,000 writers with their words. 

Are you tired of spending hours on editing your book with no tangible results? Do you find yourself feeling overwhelmed and frustrated by the lack of professional guidance you need to make your book truly shine? Discover the essential role of professional editing and how to find the perfect editor that can help you produce a flawless, captivating read.

Editing is an art, just like writing, and it requires a specific talent and skill. – JoEllen Nordstrom

This is JoEllen Nordstrom's story:

JoEllen Nordstrom's journey in the world of editing started when she realized her own self-bound book needed a professional touch. After joining First Editing, she poured her energy into developing a division that caters to authors looking for the perfect editor. With thousands of manuscripts under her belt, JoEllen's passion for editing continues to grow, as she believes it's an essential step in producing a polished book that can compete in today's market.

 

In this episode, we talk about:

  • The importance of professional editing in creating impeccable books.
  • Choosing the right editor who can provide valuable input while honoring your author voice.
  • The comprehensive editing process, including developmental, line-by-line, and copy editing.
  • Fine-tuning your communications skills to build a successful partnership between authors and editors.
  • Absorbing the techniques to develop a supportive community and foster valuable connections within the publishing realm.

 

The Importance of Editing

Editing is crucial for authors who want to present a polished, error-free book that stands out in today's crowded market. A professional editor not only focuses on the technicalities of grammar and punctuation but also provides valuable insights on pacing, structure, clarity, and the overall readability of the manuscript. The editor can help refine the story and make it more engaging, ultimately increasing the chances of the book's success. In this episode, JoEllen emphasizes the importance of hiring a professional editor. She mentions that even bestselling authors have errors in their work, highlighting the need for expert editing to stay competitive. She recommends authors to be open to critique and collaborate with a reputable editor who can provide constructive criticism while respecting their work, goals, and unique authorial voice.

Key Takeaways

  • Consider hiring a content editor, story coach, or book coach to help with developmental editing, ensuring important elements are present in your book.
  • Look for an editing service that offers certified story coaches and vetted book coaches, such as First Editing, to ensure quality and consistency in your editing process.
  • Begin your editing process with developmental editing, focusing on the concept, idea, and presentation of your book.
  • Move on to line editing, ensuring the flow, tone, consistency, and presentation of your book aligns with your genre's expectations.
  • Complete the editing process with copy editing, focusing on grammar, spelling, punctuation, syntax, transitions, and voice.
  • Don't forget the importance of proofreading, checking for formatting errors and ensuring nothing was lost during the editing process.
  • Utilize software and artificial intelligence tools to help streamline the editing process and improve overall quality.

Memorable Moments:

00:09:09 – Levels of Editing,
JoEllen breaks down the different levels of editing, starting with developmental editing for both nonfiction and fiction, moving on to line editing, and finishing with copy editing before formatting.

00:13:11 – Importance of Line Editing,
JoEllen emphasizes the importance of line editing, as it ensures consistency in tone and presentation while also adhering to genre expectations.

00:20:13 – Choosing the Right Editor,
It's important to work with an editor who is a good fit for you and your book. Companies like First Editing offer a free editing sample to match you with the best editor for your needs. Freelance editors can be hit or miss, so it's essential to do your research and find someone who has the right qualifications.

00:26:03 – First Editing Services,
First Editing offers a wide range of editing services for fiction, non-fiction, academic, and research writing. Their website also features thousands of author testimonials and resources, including a podcast and educational videos. As a company, they prioritize professionalism, quality, and timely delivery to ensure that authors can focus on their creativity.

 

WIP Summit Webinar Series: JoEllen Nordström – Editing Your Nonfiction Book

WIP Summit Webinar Series: JoEllen Nordström – Editing Your Nonfiction Book

In this free webinar, discover how a professional editor evaluates and edits your book. Learn the difference between structural editing, line editing, and copy editing. Find out what you need and how to hire the editor that is right for you and your book.

Presenter Bio: JoEllen Nordström hosts the Publishing Power Podcast for authors. She is the chief word wizard and owner of First Editing. As a fellow publishing enthusiast, JoEllen co-authored her first two books as an authorpreneur in 2005. As a progressive leader, JoEllen is recognized by the National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO) as an elite National Pioneer Award winner.

JoEllen's passion is simplifying the editing and publishing process for authors. Working full time in the writing industry since 2006, her vision encapsulates simplifying the labyrinth of publishing. JoEllen's professional online editing company has helped over 50,000 writers with their words. Get a free editing sample of your writing at https://www.firstediting.com/editing-services-samples/

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Your Editing Journey: How to Navigate Your Story Edit, Copy Edit, and Professional Edit Before Publishing

Your Editing Journey: How to Navigate Your Story Edit, Copy Edit, and Professional Edit Before Publishing

Editing is essential to publishing, so we have brought in experts to help you. Fictionary, ProWritingAid, and FirstEditing have combined editing forces to help authors tell powerful stories.
Fictionary’s game-changing writing & editing software, ProWritingAid’s state-of-the-art copy editing platform, and FirstEditing’s certified StoryCoach editors are redefining the editing landscape. These women combine the newest, state-of-the-art techniques with professional publishing experience to create the most advanced and objective quality editing available.
Learn what the different stages of editing are in order to publish a book that sells. In this session, you learn what story editing and copyediting are, and you’ll learn how to choose and work with a qualified, professional editor.
You'll walk away with the knowledge you need to edit successfully and pursue the publishing path that best suits you.

ProWritingAid is our Silver Sponsor for the 2022 Women in Publishing Summit!

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Sponsor Spotlight: ProWritingAid

Sponsor Spotlight: ProWritingAid

I don’t think anyone who found her way to the Women in Publishing Summit blog is going to be shocked to hear that “writing is hard.” It’s one of those things that we take for granted. That it’s an art that takes practice, honing, sharpening. And as women, we so often find ourselves short on time or space to do that work. When so much of the unpaid labor of having a family and keeping a home running falls on us, how can we have the freedom to create, too? 

That’s why I appreciate the people behind ProWritingAid, a company that takes the mission of improving writing seriously, and, in creating a successful, practical system to help authors do that, they’ve lifted up so many women’s voices. 

I’m also so grateful that they’ve once again committed to support women authors in another way: by joining us as a Silver Sponsor for the 2022 Women in Publishing Summit. 

ProWritingAid’s revolutionary product creates better books – I know because I use it myself! Here’s why!

What does ProWritingAid do? 

ProWritingAid is a platform that offers a world-class grammar checking AND style checking, so your writing – be it business writing, creative writing, academic writing or anything else – follows the rules for what “good writing” looks like. ProWritingAid then goes beyond that by offering in-depth reporting to help you understand how you write. 

In other words, ProWritingAid lets you know when you’re breaking a good writing rule, and it also tells you how often you use a given word, phrase or even sentence structure. The reports go deep into helping you unpuzzle your own authorial style. It helps keep your writing clean AND interesting. 

You can use ProWritingAid in combination with other writer’s products like Scrivener and Fictionary, as well as within all major word processing programs. You can even add it as a Chrome plug-in so you can use it to write better emails. It’s an easy-to-use product that’s like having a writing coach right in your laptop! 

In addition to the practical help this program can give any writer, the ProWritingAid community is a highly engaged and deeply knowledgeable one. Their paid course community gives authors valuable training on a wide variety of topics in the industry – just one more way ProWritingAid helps every author develop! 

What kind of author needs ProWritingAid?

Anyone who wants to grow as a writer needs ProWritingAid.

You don’t need to be writing the Great American Novel to benefit from this platform. The grammar and style checking can work magic on your business emails, your sales copy and more. We especially recommend that all our clients use it for things like newsletters and blog posts to keep them on track in terms of precision and voice.

But the impact that ProWritingAid can have on your book is huge: there aren’t a lot of opportunities to get real insight into your writing as you’re working on your draft. It’s a game-changer for writers in any genre and in any stage of their career. 

How can I learn more about ProWritingAid?

Check out the ProWritingAid website to find out how they can help you become a better writer – click right here to learn more!

Sign up for our free webinar with ProWritingAid on December 7.

 

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