Past Meetup

Self-Publishing Authors, You Need an Editor!

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Next Door Cafe

659 W Diversey Parkway · Chicago, IL

How to find us

Next Door Cafe is a large coffee shop / community center just west of Clark and Diversey. We'll be in the conference rooms in the back.

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Hiring the right editor at the right time is one of the most important things you can do for your book. Join us on Sunday, December 6, 3:30-5:30pm at Next Door Cafe (, where professional book editor Carly Bornstein ( will cover the fundamentals of book editing, including:

• Why editing is so important for self-publishers

• What the different levels of editing are and where they should happen in the publishing process

• How to determine which levels of editing are best for your book

• How to find and work with great editors

Note: We're at Next Door Cafe, 659 W Diversey (, for this meeting rather than our past spot at the Lincoln Park Library. There is street parking in the area and public transportation is nearby.

After the meeting, we'll adjourn to Matisse pub, lower level at 674 W Diversey (corner of Halsted and Diversey) to continue the conversation over self-pay food and drinks.

Speaker bio:

Carly Bornstein ( is a freelance editor specializing in developmental editing, line editing, and query letters. She's a lover of all genre-fiction, including but not limited to romance, mystery, sci-fi, fantasy, erotica, and young adult fiction. She has worked in the publishing industry for eight years, including at a major publishing house, a literary agency, and a small publishing house that helps self-publishing authors. While not a writer herself, her love of books has drawn her to editing and brought out her passion for developing stories. Connect with her at .