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Editing your book is essential, whether you do it yourself or work with a pro. Join two professional editors, Denise Cowle and Louise Harnby, as they explore ways in which authors can make their publishing journeys easier. If you want to learn how to improve your writing and self-editing with tips, tools and guidance, The Editing Podcast is for you.

Editing your book is essential, whether you do it yourself or work with a pro. Join two professional editors, Denise Cowle and Louise Harnby, as they explore ways in which authors can make their publishing journeys easier. If you want to learn how to improve your writing and self-editing with tips, tools and guidance, The Editing Podcast is for you.

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Editing your book is essential, whether you do it yourself or work with a pro. Join two professional editors, Denise Cowle and Louise Harnby, as they explore ways in which authors can make their publishing journeys easier. If you want to learn how to improve your writing and self-editing with tips, tools and guidance, The Editing Podcast is for you.

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Episodes

S3E10: Sea Chapman on conlangs

1/14/2020
Sea Chapman on conlangsDenise and Louise talk with guest Sea Chapman about constructed languages, or conlangs. Listen to find out more about:What is a constructed language, or conlang? The different types of conlang Tips for writers who want to include conlangs in fiction The rules of play Base languages sometimes and conlang creation Resources mentioned in the showEmail Sea Chapman (sea@seachapman.com) for handouts from her ACES 2018 presentation, ‘Conlangs: Languages with Stories to...

Duration:00:35:18

S3E9: How to use em dashes

1/7/2020
Denise and Louise discuss em dashes, or em rules, and how to use them in fiction and non-fiction writing. Listen to find out more about:Parenthetical use Indicating a new speaker Indicating omission Profanity Showing faltering speech Conveying end-of-line interruptions Editing bitesThe Magic of Fiction, Beth Hill ‘ Start here: How to self-publish your book’ (https://www.janefriedman.com/self-publish-your-book/) , Jane Friedman Ask us a questionThe easiest way to ping us a question is via...

Duration:00:09:23

S3E8: What is a comma splice?

12/31/2019
Denise and Louise explain what a comma splice is, why you should usually avoid it, and how it can add clarity. Listen to find out more about:What a comma splice is Commas, lists and why splices confuse readers When editing out comma splices would spoil rhythm Anaphora Editing bitesThe Emotional Craft of Fiction, Donald Maass The Cambridge Encyclopedia of the English Language, 3rd ed., David Crystal Ask us a questionThe easiest way to ping us a question is via Facebook Messenger: Visit the...

Duration:00:08:24

S3E7: How to use en dashes

12/24/2019
Denise and Louise discuss en dashes, or en rules, and how to use them in fiction and non-fiction writing. Listen to find out more about:Parenthetical use Indicating number spans Placement in dialogue interrupted by narrative description Linking in adjectival compounds Showing faltering speech Indicating a relationship/alternative Profanity Editing bites Masterclass (https://www.masterclass.com/) (https://consciousstyleguide.com/) Ask us a questionThe easiest way to ping us a question is via...

Duration:00:12:18

S3E6: Sophie Playle on developmental editing and critiques

12/17/2019
Denise and Louise chat with editor Sophie Playle about developmental editing and critiques for fiction authors. Listen to find out more about:An overview of what developmental editing includes Critiques as big-picture evaluation Who benefits from developmental editing and critiques Where developmental editing and critiques fit into the editing process Whether an author needs to hire a specialist editor for developmental editing Writing coaching versus developmental editing The difference...

Duration:01:13:34

S3E5: Understanding semi-colons

12/10/2019
Denise and Louise demystify (and stand up for) one of the most misunderstood pieces of punctuation – the semi-colon. Listen To Find Out More About:What the semi-colon looks like Separating two independent clauses Subjects and predicates Weighting and parallelism Comma splices Separating items in a list Emojis Objections to the semi-colon Resources related to the show National Centre for Writing’s podcast (https://nationalcentreforwriting.org.uk/ncw-podcast/) Semicolon: How a misunderstood...

Duration:00:14:03

S3E4: Tim Storm on editing unearned writing

12/3/2019
Denise and Louise chat with guest Tim Storm about the concept of unearned writing, and how to craft prose that's authentic and plausible. Listen To Find Out More About:The writer’s responsibility to the reader and the story Story events and character reactions in relation to plausibility and authenticity Salvation events Unnatural character realizations Contrived plot turns Thematic insertions or digressions Turning unearned writing into earned prose Idea flow in non-fiction Resources...

Duration:00:52:10

S3E3: Think it’s American? Think again!

11/26/2019
Denise and Louise chat about 4 features of written language that are often thought to be Americanisms but aren’t. Listen To Find Out More About:-iz- spellings serial commas em dashes which/that in restrictive relative clauses Mentioned In The ShowLexico/Oxford: ‘The Differences Between British and American Terms’ (https://www.lexico.com/en/grammar/british-and-american-terms) Lynne Murphy on British and American English (https://youtu.be/Wzg-7U83rNg) (video) Free PDF booklet: Verbs ending in...

Duration:00:08:02

S3E2: Rob Drummond on grammar pedantry, peevery and youth language

11/19/2019
Denise and Louise talk with linguist Rob Drummond about grammar pedantry, peevery, youth language, and non-standard language in context. Listen To Find Out More About:Correct or conventional – a linguist’s perspective Better versus standard Zombie rules, and what we can ditch Youth language – dumbing down English or enriching it? Young people's language in relation to identity and language change Varieties of English in written communication: globalization, national and cultural identities...

Duration:00:47:55

S3E1: A question of question marks in writing

11/12/2019
Denise and Louise talk about how to use question marks in fiction and non-fiction according to convention. Listen To Find Out More About:Direct questions Indirect questions How-to statements Idiomatic phrases and question marks Double punctuation Uncertain dates and date ranges Indicating uncertainty Mentioned In The ShowBut Can I Start A Sentence With “But”? by Carol Saller Making a Point: The Pernickety Story of English Punctuation by David Crystal Ask Us A QuestionThe easiest way to ping...

Duration:00:16:44

10 things an author needs to tell an editor

9/29/2019
Denise and Louise talk about 10 things writers need to tell an editor when they get in touch for the first time to discuss a project. Listen to find out more about:Word count File format Genre or subject Other rounds of editing The type of editing required Intended audience and where you’re publishing Time frame What else you’ve written Whether you can send a sample How you found your editor Mentioned in the show The Editing Podcast, Point of view: On editing erotica. With editor Maya Berger...

Duration:00:10:54

Point of view: On editing for a project management agency. With Jenny Slater

9/25/2019
Denise and Louise talk to Jenny Slater, an in-house editor with Newgen Publishing UK. Newgen is a project management agency offering editing, proofreading, typesetting and indexing for publishers. Note: Denise and Louise have no affiliation with this organization. Newgen exhibited at the 2019 SfEP conference at Aston University, and it was the perfect opportunity to find out more about how they operate! Listen to find out more about:About Out of House Publishing and the Newgen family The...

Duration:00:08:50

Point of view: On fact checking. With copyeditor Laura Poole

9/20/2019
Denise and Louise talk to Laura Poole, a professional copyeditor who specializes in working with university presses on scholarly non-fiction, mainly in the humanities. Laura discusses the importance of fact checking. Listen to find out more about: What a copyediting service includes When fact checking takes place in the editorial process Fiction: place names, historical accuracy, idiom, dates, etymology Non-fiction: people names, obscure terms, place names, dates, protecting author...

Duration:00:17:19

Point of view: On editing erotica. With editor Maya Berger

9/19/2019
Denise and Louise talk to Maya Berger, a professional editor who works with Young Adult and children’s fiction, speculative and science fiction, and romance and adult fiction. In this episode, we focus on writing and editing erotica. Listen to find out more about: Why authors shouldn’t fear approaching an editor Why erotica deserves the same editorial rigour as any other genre The rise of romance and erotica in mainstream publishing How to find an editor who specializes in erotic fiction...

Duration:00:08:53

Point of view: On organizing an editorial conference. With Beth Hamer

9/19/2019
Denise and Louise talk to Beth Hamer, a professional proofreader and the Society of Editors and Proofreaders’ conference director. Beth chats about how to organize a successful editorial conference. Listen to find out more about: Responding to feedback Refining the delegate experience Benefits of attending the annual SfEP conference Choosing a venue Choosing speakers Programming sessions Mentioned in the show: Beth Hamer Freelance Proofreader: http://beth-hamer.co.uk/ Society for Editors and...

Duration:00:13:22

S2E10: How to use quote marks or speech marks in writing

8/28/2019
Denise and Louise discuss how to use quote marks (or speech marks) in writing ... and when not to use them. Summary of the ShowWhat are quote marks for? Should I use straight or curly quote marks? Should I use single or double quote marks? Where does the closing quote mark go in relation to other punctuation?​ When not to use quote marks Editing Bites‘How to punctuate dialogue in a novel’: (blog) http://bit.ly/2vYflIf ‘How to punctuate dialogue in a novel’: (video playlist):...

Duration:00:11:52

S2E9: Writing and editing for the web. With Erin Brenner

8/21/2019
In this episode, Louise and Denise discuss writing and editing for the web with guest Erin Brenner. Listen to find out more about: Why working with web content is different from writing for the page In which programs should we create content for the web? Pre-upload checks on the writing Pre-upload checks on metadata links, and alt-text Quality control: self-editing versus third-party professional help How many editing passes? Fact-checking and authenticity The order of play for editing web...

Duration:00:53:02

S2E8: Publishing with an independent press: In conversation with Salt

8/14/2019
Denise and Louise talk to Jen Hamilton-Emery, co-director of Salt, one of the UK's premier independent literary publishers. Listen more to find out about: The Salt story: awards, authors and publishing goals Author retention Indie publishing and the digital revolution The submission process The author–publisher relationship The publishing process Rights, sales and royalties Print runs Resources for authors Find out moreVisit the Salt website: https://www.saltpublishing.com/...

Duration:00:28:52

S2E7: So you want to change your editor ...

8/7/2019
Denise and Louise offer guidance on changing your editor. Listen more to find out about: Why authors change editors Planning ahead and giving notice Whether the editor should get involved in sourcing a replacement Checking T&Cs and cancellation policies Information and tools to share with the new editor Editing BitesThe NCW Podcast (National Centre for Writing): http://bit.ly/31wXlms Oxford Dictionary of English Idiom Cambridge Dictionary of American Idioms Other ResourcesThe different...

Duration:00:13:11

S2E6: Word formatting tips: Find/replace, wildcards and the ribbon

7/31/2019
Denise and Louise offer some quick tips on formatting your Word file ... final tidy-ups to get your file in shape, and that accord with mainstream publishing standards. And there's a free PDF that includes all the search strings we talk about! Editing bitesWildcard Cookbook for Microsoft Word: Amazon UK: https://amzn.to/2KJrVDi (https://amzn.to/2KJrVDi) Word Tips: https://wordribbon.tips.net/index.html (https://wordribbon.tips.net/index.html) Other resourcesFREE PDF: '15 Word Formatting...

Duration:00:15:36