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,, to inquire about her editing services. She prefers email correspondence for official communications.

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A Spotlight on the 2024 Workshops for Publishing Professionals

A Spotlight on the 2024 Workshops for Publishing Professionals

Workshops for Publishing Professionals

This year, we're really excited to offer a track for all of the professionals in our community! These are sessions for publishers, publishing assistants, self-publishing assist professionals, editors, and others who are building businesses in the publishing industry!

If you're a publishing professional, there are several sessions just for you at the 2024 Women in Publishing Summit! This year we have some really good sessions specifically for you.

Be sure to get your ticket today so you can enjoy all of these workshops for publishing professionals in the conference and revisit the content in the recordings all year! 

Audience: Publishing Professionals

“Beyond the Red Pen: Amplifying Author Voice Through Skillful Editing”
Presenter: Angela James
In this workshop, editors will move through a 5-step approach of working with authors in a way that creates a positive editing environment that respects author voice, and amplifies and highlights the author’s vision, while also polishing and enhancing the story to create the best reader experience possible.

“Welcome, Ghosts: Should Your Writing Client Use a Ghostwriter?”
Presenter: E, Danielle Butler
This session will walk publishing professions through the considerations of working with a ghostwriter.

“The 42 Minute Hour: A Time Management Tool for Enhancing Business Productivity”
Presenter: Michelle Oucharek-Deo
This workshop is a time mentoring program for real women whose goals often get sidelined by everyday challenges and the technique shared can revolutionize your productivity, not just in writing but in managing many areas of your life.

Everything You Need to Know About Prepping for Taxes”
Presenter: Lily Tran
Join Lily Tran to learn about how to best prepare your small business for tax season!​

“The Case for Community: Why Editors and Freelancers Need to Find Their People”
Presenter: Tara Whitaker
This part how-to, part tell-all session discusses why and how joining or building the right values-focused virtual community- whether as an author, editor, or creative freelancer- has become necessary for a stronger and more sustainable solo business.

“Offset Printing vs POD- Truths, Lies, and Virtual Examples”
Presenter: Lori McKnight
In this session, the pros and cons of both offset and POD printing with real life examples will be discussed to help writers make an informed decision on the best route for their book and business.

“Developmental Editing of Fiction Concepts and Deliverables: An Intro to Developmental Editing for Copyeditors and Others Considering Adding it as an Editing Service”
Presenter: Miranda Darrow
During this workshop, an overview of developmental editing will be shared, and a discussion on main developmental editing concepts will take place, with examples of deliverables and more.

“Achieve Success – Find the Manual to Your Brain and Optimize Your Workspace”
Presenter: Dayna Reidenour and Penni Askew
In this presentation, authors and service providers will learn different ways to approach their work with a focus on neurodivergent brains and ways to flourish using methods that fit for every person.

“How to Motivate Your Author in Marketing Strategy”
Presenter: Nev March
This presentation cover an approach to building an effective marketing plan with a publisher.

“Goal Focused Distribution”
Presenter: Keri-Rae Barnum
This workshop will cover distribution opportunities for print books, eBooks and audiobooks and the costs, time commitments, and sustainability for every option.

“The Top Tools You Didn’t Know You Needed for Your Publishing Business”
Presenter: Tara Alemany
Workshop attendees will learn of tools that streamline publishing to give them the productivity boost needed to run their business efficiently and effectively.

“How to be Successful as a Publisher at In-Person Book Signing Events”
Presenter: Jen Milius
You have an in-person event, like a book fair, book signing, or table at a conference, lined up – now what? How do you create a wonderful experience and best present yourself, your authors, all of your books and your business?

When this presentation is complete, attendees will be able to:
1 – Have the right mindset for success
2 – Understand what is needed for publishers to put themselves, their authors, and their businesses in the best light
3 – Know how to shine during the event for your business AND your authors.

This session will also be valuable for authors looking to do more in person events.

“Leveraging LinkedIn for Entrepreneurial Authors and Editorial Professionals”
Presenter: Jessican Andersen
Authors, publishers, editors, freelancers, and industry professionals will learn how to turn their long-neglected LinkedIN profile into a powerful marketing asset for their personal brand or business in this session.

“Building a Media Kit That Gets Your Author Noticed”
Presenter: DiAnn Windsor
This workshop will cover the elements of a media kit, where to find templates that are editable, how to write and distribute a press release, and how to find the right person to send the kit to.

Join the Summit for these and many more sessions you will be able to access through the end of the year!

See the full schedule here and grab your ticket today!

We hope to see you at the 2024 Women in Publishing Summit!

Meet Editor Stacey Aaronson!

Meet Editor Stacey Aaronson!

We welcome back Stacey Aaronson, editor,  to the 2019 Women in Publishing Summit. Stacey's presentation demystifies the editing process.

Stacey Aaronson

Stacey Aaronson

CEO, The Book Doctor

Stacey Aaronson is a lifelong grammar nerd and lover of language who practically came out of the womb with a book in her hand. Her gift for polishing the harmony of the written word, as well as her expertise in graphic and book design, led her to establish The Book Doctor Is In, a one-stop-shop for self-publishing authors. As “The Fulfiller of Publishing Dreams,” Stacey takes writers by the hand and transforms their manuscripts into books of excellence—from top-notch editing and proofreading to engaging, audience-targeted cover and interior design—rivaling or exceeding a traditional house publication. A trusted book production partner for some of the most accomplished coaches, educators, entrepreneurs, and writers of inspirational nonfiction and memoir—several of whom have been finalists or won notable book awards, including a 2015 IPBA Benjamin Franklin award in the category Best New Voice: Nonfiction—Stacey has produced over 50 books from cover to cover, and has designed over 100 distinct interiors for novels, memoirs, middle-grade fiction, various specialty nonfiction, and academic language books. She is the author of the blog, The Self-Publishing Scoop, and is a layout artist for She Writes Press.

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Stacey is offering her free cheat sheet, What Does An Editorial Partnership Look Like?, to All Access Passholders.