A group of published authors blogging as a team at Novel Matters recently discussed what an author faces in the editing process. The posts are informative and helpful, I think. Sadly, these articles introduced a contest that is now over. Sounded like a good one, too—”Teeth and Bones Editing Contest.” Though it’s too late to enter the contest, the articles are well worth the time investment.
The series starts off with Debbie Thomas‘s (Tuesday Night at the Blue Moon and Raising Rain – Moody) article “First Things First” about how a novel should begin. Next Bonnie Grove (Talking to the Dead – David C. Cook) discusses substantive (big picture) editing in “The Yawp And Ugh Of Substantive Editing.” Sharon Souza (Every Good and Perfect Gift and Lying on Sunday – NavPress) addresses line-by-line issues in her post “Distance And Lists In The Editing Process.”
Two other articles discuss the relationship with editors and facing demanding edits—both good, but not particularly germane to this “editing tips” section of Rewrite, Reword, Rework.
So here’s today’s tip: go read the editing articles at Novel Matters. 😉