#AmEditing: Track Changes and Comments in Word
Jan04

#AmEditing: Track Changes and Comments in Word

Two indispensable editing features include the Track Changes and Comments in Word. While undeniably powerful software tools, it can be overwhelming to learn how to best work within such files. This post will familiarize beginners with essential pointers for effective document navigation while also offering more experienced users a few useful tips.   Each copy edited or proofread manuscript I return to clients includes two file...

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#Editor: Freelance Editing Contract Template
Sep21

#Editor: Freelance Editing Contract Template

Upon taking the self-employment plunge, I consulted many freelance editing contract templates that the Internet had to offer. I didn’t want to reinvent the wheel, and yet I also wanted a customized contract. I’ve been refining my current contract for a while now and am finally satisfied enough to share it with prospective clients and fellow editors. A download link appears at the end of this post.   A detailed...

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#Editor: Manuscript Style Sheet Template
Jun15

#Editor: Manuscript Style Sheet Template

A manuscript style sheet can prove invaluable for keeping track of important details, and especially so for a series. As an author, the style sheet you create can range from formal to informal. The key is finding a system that works for you. Passing one along to your editor is always appreciated, but not always practical for busy authors. In any case, I would like to share the system I’ve come up with for creating manuscript...

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#Editor: Reader Report Sample
May18

#Editor: Reader Report Sample

All manuscripts will benefit from a proper critique where the editor leaves suggestions on every page. Yet, a professional critique comes with a price tag not within everyone’s budget. Many writers rely on critique partners or beta readers, but the level of feedback can vary widely. My full manuscript critiques are accompanied by a 3-5 page overview letter that highlights strengths and weaknesses in the story. I am now offering...

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#AmEditing: GOING PRO–Finding the Right Editor
Nov03

#AmEditing: GOING PRO–Finding the Right Editor

SUFFICE TO SAY I was moved when my client Gerald Freeman sent this post on finding the right editor. Writing and editing have always been transformative experiences for me. The honor of critiquing and copy editing his forthcoming memoir reaffirms my belief that we can all help each other in more ways than one when it comes to this crazy journey called life.    Finding the Editor   As you feel your way along the writing...

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