The Importance of Editing to Self-Publishing Authors

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Chicago Public Library Lincoln Park Branch

1150 W. Fullerton Avenue · Chicago, IL

How to find us

The library is located at the intersection of Fullerton and Racine. It’s accessible by CTA Bus #74 on Fullerton and is 3 blocks west of the CTA Red Line. Parking is available on the street and in the lot east of the building on Fullerton.

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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.


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.


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.