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The Importance of Editing to Self-Publishing Authors

Editing is as important to the vision and message of your book as its design and marketing -- maybe more so. The idea of choosing and working with an editor can seem daunting, but for self-publishing authors who are serious about selling their books, hiring a professional book editor is a must.

Your book will compete not only with other self-published books, but also with traditionally published books that have undergone rigorous editing by their publishing companies. Good editing will enable your book to shine and will set you apart from self-publishers who don't understand the importance and benefits of editing.

Join us on Thursday, June 6 as we explain the following and more:

  • why editing is important to the health of your book and its sales potential
  • the three basic levels of editing, along with other services editors might offer
  • how to determine which levels of editing your manuscript needs
  • how to choose the right editor for your book
  • how to work with an editor at each step of the editing process, including building trust and clarifying the vision for the book
  • why getting a manuscript critique can be helpful
  • the various ways editors price their services and what you can expect to pay
  • the mechanics of editing, including accepting/rejecting changes in Microsoft Word, version control, sharing files, style guides, and style sheets

Developmental editor and group member Linda Wolf and copyeditor and group organizer Kim Bookless will co-present on the wonderful world of editing, followed by a Q&A session.

After the meeting we'll adjourn to a nearby restaurant and we'd love to have you join us so we can continue the conversation.

Speakers:

Linda Wolf, Developmental Editor

Network Publishing Partners Inc.

Linda Wolf co-founded two editorial and graphics companies serving educational, healthcare, and commercial publishing clients. She created a nationwide network of professional freelance writers and editors under a team of project managers to create, customize, and maintain top-quality communication and ensure accuracy for client materials and products. Over the years, she has helped self-publishing authors with editing, design, and production. She and her companies are currently affiliated with others in a consortium called e3, offering a variety of additional services to independent authors including ebooks, audiobooks, and book trailers.

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Kim Bookless, Copyeditor

Kim Bookless is a book copyeditor because she believes it’s a privilege to help bring books to life. Recent book editing projects include business books,  theology and philosophy books, and self-improvement books. As a publishing consultant, she educates and guides authors through the process of self-publishing their manuscripts, including helping them clarify their goals, decide how to self-publish, and find and work with excellent self-publishing service providers. She is the chair of Chicago Women in Publishing's Marketing and Communications Committee and she leads the Chicago Self-Publishing Group.

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  • jose e.

    thank you to KIM BOOKLESS for all the info and help with my book . i am on my way .... working on editing , looking for some .

    July 3, 2013

    • Kim B.

      Thanks for the kind words, Jose, and I'm happy to have been able to help you. Please keep me posted on how your manuscript is progressing, and consider contacting Jill to get her input.

      1 · July 3, 2013

    • jose e.

      kim its the truth thank you so much for me and others sense the time i met with you and talked . you guys really help a lot of us that have so many questions . and with the right info at no cost to any one but being a giving person in helping other writers and only true artist has no fear of sharing info and giving help . for we are all so different in what we see feel and create . but we are all the same at the same time . as for me its been along road writing my book and when i met this group it was so refreshing to me to be able to talk with others and exchanging info and tips on everything we need to finalized our projects , and trust me i have ask every question i could think of . and then some more , so thank you very much .

      2 · July 3, 2013

  • jose e.

    HELLO JILL, NICE MEETING YOU THANK YOU FOR GETTING BACK TO ME .
    I WOULD LIKE TO TALK WITH YOU some more ,
    CAN YOU SEND ME YOUR INFO MY E-MAIL gringoalstarechevarria!yahoo.com thank you so much .

    July 3, 2013

  • Cassandra

    We talked about the new Stacy Ennis book, right? Here's a Q&A post with her. http://www.shewrites.com/profiles/blogs/5-questions-for-stacy-ennis

    1 · July 2, 2013

    • Kim B.

      Hey Cassandra, yes, that's the book I mentioned at the last meeting. I got it yesterday and have looked through it a little, and I think it would be a great resource for authors. It covers pretty much everything Linda and I talked about in the editing presentation, including the importance of editing, the different levels, how to hire and work with an editor, what to expect at the revision stage, etc. There's probably not much in it that editors themselves don't already know, but I think it will be very helpful to authors -- especially first time authors.

      July 3, 2013

  • Kim B.

    Thanks very much to everyone who joined us at last week's meeting! Sending out a big thank you to Linda Wolf for helping me explain the importance of editing to self-publishing authors and to Grant Crowell for taking photos at the event. PDFs of the meeting handout and presentation are available here: http://www.meetup.com/Chicago-Self-Publishing/files/.

    Stay tuned for info on our next meeting.

    1 · June 10, 2013

  • Linda W.

    Kudos to all the editors who sat through this presentation and contributed their input. I didn't realize we were preaching to so many choir members until after we were done presenting. Had a great time with all of you. Thanks for coming!

    1 · June 7, 2013

    • Cassandra

      I loved hearing how other editors work! Even if I could nod along to a lot of what you and Kim presented, it was still a great evening. Thanks so much!

      1 · June 7, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hi everyone, my photos are now live. This was very informative and had an enjoyable time hanging out with so many helpful people. For those who were unable to attend, you should also be able to gather a lot of resources from the shared presentation when that's available. I'm thinking it could be a good idea to put out some kind of collaborative guide on using Microsoft Word (and other software programs) for both authors and editors, since apparently there are a lot of features that even professionals may not be aware of. I myself use Mendeley.com for a good reference and indexing tool for my writings, which can also be shared in the cloud as well as on your desktop. (There's also an "Import to Mendeley" tab you can install on any web browser, if you happen to be surfing on a particular page for later reference.)

    2 · June 7, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Unfortunately, I will be out of town this week. I am so sorry to miss this ! I will be sure to make the next one :)

    June 4, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Would anyone be in favor of having these events recorded and shared with fellow members, providing that's feasible with advance speaker notice and permission of course? Since there are some members like myself who can't attend every event in person, that would be a great way not to miss anything. There are some good event recaps but sometimes it's nice and extra helpful to hear the audio. Just a suggestion.

      1 · June 4, 2013

    • Tara

      I think this is a fantastic idea! I can't make tonight's meeting but would love to listen to the audio at another time if it's feasible and cost-effective for the organizers.

      1 · June 6, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I am an author, writing, speaker and wholeness coach. I am looking forward to attending this meetup.

    1 · May 30, 2013

    • Kim B.

      Welcome, Cathy!

      June 1, 2013

  • Heather

    I'll be out of town, but will catch the next one.

    May 24, 2013

    • Kim B.

      We'll miss you, Heather!

      May 24, 2013

  • Gina H.

    I'm a developmental fiction editor who needs to be educated about self-publishing so I can educate my clients. Looking forward to this!

    1 · May 23, 2013

    • Kim B.

      We look forward to seeing you on June 6!

      May 23, 2013

  • Jo Anne L.

    I am making progress with my book! It is so gratifying! I still have a long way to go but - one step at a time gets it done! I so appreciate the group!

    1 · May 23, 2013

    • Kim B.

      JoAnne, that's great to hear!

      May 23, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I would be very interested to learn about scaleable pricing solutions for hiring an editor for my own business books. I used to work as one for a book on Social Business, and I'm thinking about offering a cloud-based collaboration program.

    1 · May 23, 2013

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