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New eBook: So You Think You Can Edit?: 9 Editing Tips for the Experienced & Novice Writer


Dear Colleagues:

Next week I have a new eBook coming out: So You Think You Can Edit?:9 Tips for the Experienced & Novice Writer. I offer a summary of the chapters presented as a preview.  *Smiles*

As we find ourselves at the end of this eBook, let me take a few minutes to review the significant points and the lessons I hope that you will take with you.

In Chapter 1, our focus on the purpose of editing. Please be sure to understand the focus of editing skills, as these are not the same as writing skills.

In Chapter 2, our focus was on the creation of our personalized editing checklist. As we gain mastery, many of these editing skills will become second nature. Until they do, this strategy will help you to know where to focus your efforts.

In Chapter 3, our focus was on the process of writing itself. Be sure to spend some time understand the how of writing; what is your writing system, and does it work for you?

In Chapter 4, we delved into the area of procrastination. What is it and why do we do it. The main lesson here is simply learning to put one foot in front of the other to get started. Often, the secret is simply generating momentum to get to simply begin to capture the words on the page. As we further our commitment to the project with action, often the book begins to write itself. Again, we simply have to take the time to force ourselves to begin by taking the first steps—committing the first words to paper.

The focus for Chapter 5 offers a spotlight on the need for clarity and precision in our writing. What is our message? How do we know that we have conveyed our purpose to our reader as we intended? Be sure to always write from a position of strength.

In Chapter 6, our focused moved into the specific types of editing that your writing may need. Be sure to take the time to understand the different types of editing and the skills you need to look for in an editor. Many types of editor exist. Take the time to invest in this area to ensure that you find the most appropriate editor suited to your needs and preferences.

Within Chapter 7, the focus was on ethics. Many clients contact me with the expectation that what they really want is a ghost writer. The client wants to send a copy of their writing where I expected to fix all of their writing issues and email a final copy—suitable for resubmission to their faculty or chair or Dean or journal. To protect the integrity of the writer, an editor must honor the client. We may provide feedback, suggestions, and offer corrections to consider, format issues: however the author is the owner of their copyright and their writing AND the final decision-maker as to whether what has been offered meets with the client’s final approval. Some decision-making and rework will be required by the original writer to ensure that the final corrections fit within the writers’ writing style and preferences.

Finally, in Chapter 8, we discussed the idea of perpetual editing. Writing is more art than science, where writers often invest many hours in pursuit of the best turn of a phrase; the most effective expression of their ideas, the best clarity to persuade their readers. Writing takes time—and often endless or perpetual editing. Even the most accomplished of writers will need to spend several drafts or iterations of their work. I often have many people review my work and then I review, and review, and review again.

It is my hope that these ideas presented in this book have helped you have a deeper understanding of the concept of editing and how you can use these various techniques to contribute to your success moving forward.

My very best,

Dr. Cheryl Lentz

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January 23rd, 2015 by admin