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Substantive, Copyediting, and Proofreading

There are many different types of editing involved in the production of a printed book. Here is a brief breakdown of the editing process: 1) Substantive Editing: The substantive edit is generally the first edit done on a new manuscript. This is a big picture edit that addresses major structural, plot, and content issues of the […]

Volunteering at a Publishing House

I’m a big believer that who you work with determines about 70% of satisfaction in a workplace. And there’s this real thing called corporate culture—also known as corporate ethos—that’s an important factor as well. I volunteered two afternoons a week at a mid-sized house when I was about 28, bartending and writing and trying to […]

Book Editing and Micro-Books

I’m looking forward to a time when only a devoted specialist with abilities and endurance left over from a bygone age is able to edit books of 300 pages or longer. In some real ways, I can’t stand editing long books. For those of you who are aspirants to book editing, let me tell you, being […]

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