Retired Baker Publishing Group senior trade editor Barb Barnes now freelance edits and proofreads once again. Her primary focus is fiction line editing and copyediting, and she continues to work with several of her Revell authors. Before moving in-house, she freelanced for pub houses for ten years. She holds a social work degree and worked in TV production before becoming a stay-at-home mom, typing and proofing grad students’ papers. She and her hubby live near Grand Rapids, Michigan, where she remains a die-hard Steeler fan. Contact her at

Honing Your Skills: Proficiency Pays Off
The University of Chicago has supplied us with an excellent new resource for fiction editing, valuable for line and copy editors and proofreaders—and much can apply to memoirs and nonfiction stories. Barb Barnes will walk us through some features of The Chicago Guide to Copyediting Fiction (CGCF) and touch on topics such as the philosophy of fiction editing, assimilating an author’s voice and style in our editing, coaching authors through editing, and using style sheets. With a Q&A to wrap up, she encourages attendees to send her questions in advance.