Category: Editor

  • This Was Supposed to Be a Book Review

    This Was Supposed to Be a Book Review

    I have notes, quotes, and a half-assed draft of a book review waiting in the Wingback wings. This was the weekend I was going to pull it all together and publish it on Monday. However. Memoirs of a French Courtesan Volume 2: Spectacle has been to the proofreader and the layout has been completed. I…

  • Happy National Grammar Day!

    Happy National Grammar Day!

    I had a handful of other potential topics to cover today, including my current translation diary for Memoirs of a French Courtesan Volume 3, a list of books to read before you die, and an overview of future projects, but the internet tells me it is National Grammar Day, so here is an impromptu message…

  • Automotive R&D for Writers

    Automotive R&D for Writers

    For about a decade, more than half of my freelancing gigs were in automotive journalism. I still keep a hand in, but I do more editing and authoring these days. Automotive journalism involves a lot more travel and fancy dinners than you might expect. Car companies fly journalists from around the country, and sometimes the…

  • Must Of Been a Mistake

    I received an email from my website form about people using “of” where they should use “have” in their writing. It was really more of a comment than a question. I wasn’t going to address it because I didn’t know where I’d talk about it, but then I started this newsletter, and here we are.The…

  • I Hired Some Help

    I am currently on my lunch hour in my office. I don’t usually eat lunch in my office, and I don’t usually work during lunch. But today I am eating a leftover vegan quesadilla at my desk because there are two super cool people cleaning my house right now and I do not want to…

  • How I Became a Book Editor

    How I Became a Book Editor

    I’m realizing now, after working as some variety of editor since 2004, that people take many different paths to become book editors. There are degrees and certificates, and there are internships and mentors. I went the DIY route, but only because I didn’t know any better. This isn’t a blueprint or a life plan I…

  • To All the Writers Whose Books I Edit: I Feel You

    I write lots. For a living. Editors often return my articles with red lines all over the place and blue notes in the comments and green highlighting for all the words I overuse. Being edited is nothing new to me. However. I was walking the dog the other afternoon, and it hit me mid-stride: Ali,…

  • Kinds of Editing: Developmental, Line, Copy, and Proofreading

    You’ve finished your manuscript, and you know you need an editor. You start looking online and see there are different kinds of editing, and editors who specialize in each. How do you know which you need? How do you know what your book needs? What’s the difference between the types of edits? I’m going to…