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Build A Great Writer-Editor Relationship

with Heather Saunders

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About The Class

How to Get the Most Out of the Editing Process and Learn to Love Your Editor

Even after you’ve put the finishing touches on your piece, the writing process is far from finished. Most written works are edited by a professional editor before being published or posted. While a few writer-editor relationships turn adversarial or combative, most are cooperative and constructive and help make the work the best it can be.

Experienced writer, editor and proofreader Heather Saunders will explain the different types of editing, outline the editorial process and offer guidance on how to navigate the editorial relationship. Armed with an in-depth understanding of how editing works and what editors do, writers will be able to avoid the pitfalls of being unprepared.

In this class, you’ll learn how to:

  • Set a budget and timeline with your editor before the editing process begins.
  • Pick the right editor for your project by looking at their certifications, experience and views on editing.
  • Determine the level of editing your need.
  • Understand the different types of editing, including developmental, copy editing and proofreading.
  • Know what to expect at each stage of process, including resolving queries, reviewing and accepting edits, and using style sheets.

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Lesson Plan

  1. 01

    Class Introduction

  2. 02

    How to Prepare to be Edited: Overview

  3. 03

    How to Prepare to be Edited: Beta Readers

  4. 04

    How to Prepare to be Edited: Proofread Your Own Work

  5. 05

    How to Prepare to be Edited: Research the Market

  6. 06

    How to Prepare to be Edited: Set Budget/Timeline

  7. 07

    How to Pick the Right Editor for Your Project

  8. 08

    Levels of Editing

  9. 09

    What to Expect During Editing


Meet Your Expert

Heather Saunders

Heather E. Saunders, owner of Just the Write Type Editing, is a proofreader and STM editor. In her 15 years of experience, she’s edited everything from newsroom copy and fiction novels to technical aeronautics journals and cutting-edge medical training material.  ... read more

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  • Rachelle Ramirez

    Rachelle Ramirez

    May 2018

    The title is inaccurate. Almost nowhere in this piece does the presenter address building a relationship with an editor. This video gives a broad framework to the types of editing a writer might need and slides off the track into micro-editing suggestions. This video does do a good job of giving some suggestions on how to line edit your your work and gives resource suggestions for doing so.

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