Planning Can Make You a Better Editor

by Ken Walker Once you pass age sixty, society seems ready to destine you for the scrapheap. Yet, I find that this decade is marking some of my finest work. It’s taken me years to get this far, and I’m not anxious to quit. One reason I’m optimistic is the breakthrough...

Balancing Act (Part 1)

by Sarah Hayhurst You are an editor. You care about your projects and give 100 percent effort to each one. After all, people pay you to make things “perfect.” It’s your job. But have you ever felt paralyzed because the manuscript in front of you, despite the author’s...

6 Questions to Ask Every Client

by Karin Beery Before you agree to edit an author’s manuscript, you need to ask a few questions to make sure you’re providing the best edit in a timely fashion. Of course, you’ll need to know the basics: Fiction or non-fiction? Book or magazine manuscript? Substantive...

The Mental Benefits of a Clean Desk

by Ken Walker While it’s late April, it’s not too late to do some spring cleaning. Toss out those unused files and sift through all the “what-if’s” and “pending” papers that have been sitting there for several years. It took me a while to accomplish that task this...