Editing Tips from the Coaching World—Amy Simpson
From the outside, editing may look like a solitary task. But professional editors know it’s relational, and our work involves constant (if often indirect) interaction—and frequent crisis management—with authors, readers, and in-house stakeholders. Today these relationships bear the strain of remote offices, personal stress, and economic pressure. In this session, Amy Simpson, an experienced editor and professional coach, will offer seven principles from the coaching world that can inform our approach to editing and the relationships involved.
Becoming a Better and Smarter Editor—Erin K. Brown
Content Editing for Websites and Promotional Material—Karin Beery
Copyediting Basics—Linda Gilden
E-book Editing for Editors—Susan Stewart
Editing for Deep Point of View—Rachel Newman
Editing God’s Word—How Not to Mess It Up—Sue Fairchild
Sue Fairchild will give you an overall look at how to look up Scripture (using BibleGateway.com), and the correct format structure for Scripture (including different Bible versions, which are most “acceptable,” and how to use more than one Bible version per MS). She will also include some discussion about which words should or should not be capitalized.
Editor in Crisis—Rachel Newman
How a Writer Edits a Scene—Aaron Gansky & Bethany Kaczmarek
Hardcore Punctuation for Editors—Dori Harrell
Punctuation matters! Part of its job is to help convey intent, flow, and structure. And if you’re one of those editors (like me) who can dither for fifteen minutes or more about the placement of a comma (weighing intent, flow, and sentence structure), then this workshop is for you. Dori Harrell will cover ellipses, em dashes, semicolons, and more, but most of all . . . commas, with an emphasis on commas with restrictive and nonrestrictive elements, including multiple examples. She will introduce you to her personal comma philosophy, which she uses when editing for indie authors and for publishers, and you’ll be encouraged to develop your own philosophy. This workshop is meant to be interactive, so come prepared to participate.
Humble Yourself? Client-Editor Conflict Resolution—Susan Stewart
Our mothers taught us “it takes two to tango.” Too often we editors forget we are part of that duo. By looking at God’s Word, Susan Stewart explores how ending client conflict may begin with us, and peace may also begin with us. We can follow the model God gave us in James 4 to begin the resolution process. By humbling ourselves before our God and others, we can learn to resolve conflicts in our business, our homes, and our communities.
Less Is More: Website Makeover—Laura Christianson
Clutter. The enemy of your website. Yet many editor websites are plagued with lengthy blocks of text, postage-stamp-sized images, and a confusing array of widgets. Laura Christianson will show you how to perform a header-to-footer self-audit of your website so you can identify problem areas and bust that clutter. The result? A website that powerfully promotes your editing business.
Show, Don’t Tell—Linda Gilden
Style Sheets—Cristel Phelps
Whether you are a freelance editor or working with a publishing house, the style sheet is your friend. There is so much to keep track of when editing a manuscript. When working with publishing houses, know the guidelines they follow so that all their books are consistently edited. Most use The Chicago Manual of Style as a foundation, but you need to know where a house deviates in certain areas. This, too, is a style sheet. In this session, Cristel Phelps will cover both kinds of style sheets so your expertise can shine through in all your finalized projects.
Substantive Fiction Editing—Karin Beery
Substantive editing can be brutal. Most manuscripts need a lot of work. Substantive fiction editing requires a special blend of honesty, encouragement, and instruction that not only helps clean up authors’ manuscripts but also encourages them to keep writing while providing them the tools they need to write well. In this class, Karin Beery will define substantive editing, look at what it includes (and what it doesn’t include), and give examples of how to provide a quality substantive edit. You will gain the tools you need to provide better substantive edits.
Team Building: How to Win the Trust and Loyalty of Your Clients—Bethany Kaczmarek & Aaron Gansky
Using Track Changes with Clients—Julie Williams
Using Styles to Organize and Polish Manuscripts—Julie Williams
Outline, organize, and unify your document using Microsoft Word Styles. Julie Williams will show you how Styles is a powerful Microsoft Word tool that allows you to keep a consistent appearance throughout your manuscript. It allows you to organize your document for easy reference and utilize the Navigation Pane as an outline of your book—great for checking the flow or moving sections of text. Properly set, Styles lets you create your Table of Contents with a click of a button. Understanding and using styles correctly can make formatting e-books a less daunting task.
What Writers Expect of Their Editor—Bob Hudson
Workshops are subject to change.