Sessions are listed in alphabetical order by title.
Adding Zing: Editing Online Content to Attract and Keep Readers, Ann Byle
Online content needs more than a quick edit to avoid most of the misspellings and bad sentences. Online content needs to draw readers in with visuals and quick details and keep them interested as they scroll. Learn how to edit online content well, what to look for and avoid, and how to keep readers interested.
Are You a Master of CMOS?, Natalie Nyquist
How well do you really know The Chicago Manual of Style? With the newest edition leaving us still in an adjustment period, this session will walk through some of the major changes, new information, and clarifications. We’ll take several pop quizzes designed to help you pinpoint areas for further study, and attendees can play “stump the instructor” when we practice finding information quickly during projects.
Compiling Comprehensive Style Sheets, Dawn Anderson
Whether the book being edited is fiction or nonfiction, style sheets (yes, plural) are imperative. This session will guide the editor through the types of style sheets and their usefulness, encouraging and equipping Christian editors to do their jobs with integrity and excellence. Self-employed editors who keep meticulous style sheets will have their work noticed and see return clients; in-house editors will save themselves and their publishing houses time and effort in the long run if style sheets are created and maintained from the project’s inception.
Developmental Editing Nonfiction, Dawn Anderson & Janyre Tromp
As developmental editors of nonfiction manuscripts, our job is to assist the author in sharing his or her message with clarity, creativity, and consistency, while nurturing the author’s voice and attending to the reader’s needs. In this workshop, two editors with more than forty years combined experience will look at specific techniques to brace a book’s structure, fine-tune its organization, and spot potential pitfalls. But beyond that, and perhaps key to the whole process, we’ll discuss editor-author communication and how to do the job well without conveying a critical spirit.
Editing Books for the Library of Heaven, Robert Hudson (keynote)
In a time of blogs, easy-scan articles, “quick lit,” celebrity hype, and social media, are editors even needed anymore? Drawing from his nearly forty years in editing, Robert Hudson looks at the role of editing in the context of the five types of Christian books that have had the most impact throughout history: the tales, the testimonies, the teachings, and the temples. How can we, as Christian editors, chart a course for the future of Christian books, reaching readers now and in the future?
Editing Romance, Karin Beery
Just because a story has romance in it doesn’t mean it’s a romance novel. Understanding that distinction can help you help your authors polish and market their novels wisely, so they increase their chances of finding an agent or publisher.
Editorial Mind Games, Robert Hudson
Editors face a number of challenges when editing a manuscript. How does one edit a book one doesn’t like? How do you avoid having bad attitudes about bad writing? How do you find the balance between empathy and skepticism? And between art and commerce? These are all questions explored in this breakout session, which includes an entertaining PowerPoint presentation and a copyediting test.
Editors in the Publishing Process: Traditional and Indie, Jennifer Vander Klipp
As an editor, you are part of a process much larger than yourself, and knowing how you fit in the process allows you to best serve your clients and create new business.
Effective Marketing for Editors, Jennifer Vander Klipp
Do you have a website that has clients begging to work with you? Even if you aren’t using your website to book clients, most clients will want to see your website to check you out. How well does it reflect your experience, your knowledge of your clients’ problems, and the satisfaction of your past clients? With techniques used by people such as Michael Hyatt and Donald Miller, we will walk through the elements of your website and social media accounts and teach you the reasoning behind each element, so clients will view you as the expert who can solve their problems. Included is a step-by step guide for making the most out of your website and social media accounts.
Fiction Content Editing: Taming the Story Beast, Dori Harrell
The session is a big-picture strategy to content editing, which tracks seven main areas: characters, plot, structure, POV, pacing, theme, and author’s voice. Though each story is unique, developing a fearless approach for untangling authors’ stories will take your content edits to a new level and win you repeat clients. The workshop starts with an attention-grabbing opening that’ll launch you into content-editor mode, covers, among other topics, commenting, tagging (What’s tagging? Come and find out!), templates, and editorial letters, and concludes with a discussion on brainstorming with your authors. There will be opportunities for participants to interact during the workshop.
How a Book Is Made from Start to Finish, Kim Childress
This session will review how a book is made, from start to finish, using visuals of picture books and novels in different stages of production. Using two books Kim wrote and edited during her time in Zondervan, the session will cover the differences between publishing a four-color book versus a standard black-and-white novel, while touching on different professions along the way. Kim will cover the differences in CBA vs. ABA, the importance of distinguishing opinion versus fact, and ethics and discernment in the media. The role of editor is explained in detail, including the back-and-forth process with the author, and then the relationship of the writer and editor, which includes trust, mutual edification, fun, blood, pain, tears, laughter, and joy.
Sessions are subject to change.
How to Edit MG/YA Fiction, Kelly Anne White
This session looks closely at the very specific (and fickle!) demands of the MG/YA audience as well as smart strategies for snagging readers’ attention with witty content, authentic language, realistic dialogue, unique narrative hooks, and more. We will examine the differences and similarities of MG and YA fictional works as well as discern what is considered age-appropriate and what is not. Discover what’s trending and genre-bending in the world of MG and YA publishing—both CBA and mainstream—while learning to mindfully and responsibly incorporate those elements into top-notch manuscript editing.
How to Edit MG/YA Nonfiction, Kelly Anne White
This session examines a mixed bag of genres and themes popular in the current MG/YA market—devotionals, education, celeb biographies, fanzines, activity books, faith-based comics, and more. The presenter focuses on editorial issues related to platform, structure, formatting, tone, and style as specifically applied to the MG/YA demographic—a very tricky audience. Since today’s young readers are accustomed to processing quick bits of information on electronic devices, there is no room for lulls in MG/YA text. The session looks at humor and other clever strategies for driving and buoying MG/YA content.
Impostor Syndrome: You’re Not the Fraud You Think You Are, Dori Harrell
There’s a name for those inner lashings that plague editors and cause them to wonder if they’re frauds. It’s called impostor syndrome, and creative individuals in particular suffer from this malady that causes them to question their actions and doubt their abilities. But take heart! You’re not alone. And while you may not be able to entirely shrug off that negative devil sitting on your shoulder, you can help mute it with a positive angel on your other shoulder. This session is meant for newbie to advanced editors who often battle this inner turmoil and is meant to be an interactive, highly participatory look at impostor syndrome and ways to turn it into a positive for you and your business.
Line Editing Nonfiction, Dawn Anderson
Make yourself indispensable! In today’s marketplace with reduced budgets and quick turnaround, line editing is a process now often absorbed into the developmental or copyediting process. With this need to optimize resources, the editor who does exceptional work at every level will stand out. Whether you’re typically a developmental editor, line editor, or copy editor of nonfiction, learn what to watch for and accomplish to make your authors’ work shine. Authors and publishers will thank you for both your attention to detail and your eye to the big picture.
Proofreading for Publishing Houses, Natalie Nyquist
One of the gateway opportunities to regularly freelancing with publishing houses is proofreading. How do you get started proofreading? What are some of the differences between contracting with a private client versus a publisher? What software and tools are used in proofreading, and what do publishers expect you to know? Natalie walks you through a variety of proofreading project types, including first pass, second pass, final pass, format pass, and how these proofs can be done on PDF documents versus Word documents. The last part of the session will be guided by the needs and questions of attendees.
Starting Your Freelance Editing Business, Christi McGuire
Are you just starting out as a freelance editor? Learn the tricks of the trade about how to set up the business aspects of freelance editing, such as setting rates, creating contracts, communicating with clients, and managing your workload. Learn the answers to these questions plus more tips that will put you ahead of your competition and, more importantly, help you become a competent, confident, and professional editor.
Story Structure—A Key to Helping Your Fiction Author “Make the Cut”, Janyre Tromp
Good structure is rarely the first thing a reviewer will praise in a work; however, a well-constructed story is critical to a book catching the eye of both an acquisition editor and a reader. In this session, we’ll review not only critical points in story structure but also some hands-on tools to help you (and your author) build the best possible story. Topics include handling differences between genres, tracking themes, following character arcs, fixing story arcs, controlling subplots, and, ultimately, communicating improvements to the author.
Style Guides: Discovering When and Why to Use Each One, Ann Byle
This session will review the similarities and differences of the many style guides out there—AP, MLA, APA, CWMS, Chicago, and more—plus discover which publications and publishers use each one. We’ll also do practice editing based on the various style guides.
When to Say Yes, When to Say No: Understand Your Services & Your Clients, Karin Beery
As a freelance editor, it’s tempting to work with every client who approaches you (especially when you need the money!). Some clients, however, are not a good fit, and it can be more beneficial to walk away than to sign the contract.
This session will start by looking at the four main types of edits (and making sure everyone can identify the services they’re providing) and help editors identify which services they offer (as well as identifying their strengths and weaknesses). We’ll look at situations when it might be better to say no, why that would be, and how that can help strengthen the editing community as a whole.
Sessions are subject to change.