The Editing Podcast

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Episode 10

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Published on:

28th Aug 2019

3:30am

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

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Denise and Louise discuss how to use quote marks (or speech marks) in writing ... and when not to use them. 

Summary of the Show

  • What 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): http://bit.ly/2ZzUCXG
  • ‘Worry-free Writing: how to use quote marks’: http://bit.ly/2ZyTzag

Other Resources

  • Chicago Manual of Style
  • Penguin Guide to Punctuation
  • New Hart’s Rules

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Denise and Louise

  • Denise Cowle Editorial Services: bit.ly/CowleEditing
  • Louise Harnby | Fiction Editor: bit.ly/HarnbyEditing

Music Credit

‘Vivacity’ Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com). Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/

Episode 9

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Published on:

21st Aug 2019

3:30am

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

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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 content
  • Style sheets and web content
  • Language choice and style for web content

Editing bites

  • Erin Brenner’s Web Style Checklist: http://bit.ly/2ZtVRaK
  • They Ask, You Answer by Marcus Sheridan

Other resources

  • Erin Brenner, Right Touch Editing: http://bit.ly/2T1XCtH
  • ‘Customer service: A cautionary tale of red flags and safety nets’ by Vanessa Plaister on the SfEP blog: http://bit.ly/2GJLiJC
  • The AP Stylebook (Associated Press): http://bit.ly/2T0Ktkv

Ask us a question

The easiest way to ping us a question is via Facebook Messenger: Visit the podcast's Facebook page and click on the SEND MESSAGE button: http://bit.ly/EditPodFB

Denise and Louise

  • Denise Cowle Editorial Services: bit.ly/CowleEditing
  • Louise Harnby | Fiction Editor: bit.ly/HarnbyEditing

Music credit

‘Vivacity’ Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com). Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/

Episode 8

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Published on:

14th Aug 2019

3:30am

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

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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 more

Visit the Salt website: https://www.saltpublishing.com/

Editing bites

  • Typographic Style Handbook: A Guide to Typography by Michael Mitchell and Susan Wightman
  • Understanding Show, Don’t Tell by Janice Hardy


Other resources

  • Society for Editors and Proofreaders: bit.ly/32JJDx7
  • The Publishing Training Centre: bit.ly/32Nq6f6


Ask us a question

The easiest way to ping us a question is via Facebook Messenger: Visit the podcast's Facebook page and click on the SEND MESSAGE button: bit.ly/EditPodFB

Denise and Louise

  • Denise Cowle Editorial Services: bit.ly/CowleEditing
  • Louise Harnby | Fiction Editor: bit.ly/HarnbyEditing


Music credit

‘Vivacity’ Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com). Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/

 

Episode 7

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Published on:

7th Aug 2019

3:30am

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

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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 bites

  • The NCW Podcast (National Centre for Writing): http://bit.ly/31wXlms
  • Oxford Dictionary of English Idiom
  • Cambridge Dictionary of American Idioms


Other resources

  • The different levels of editing (booklet): http://bit.ly/31AjKzt
  • The Editing Podcast, S1E1: The different levels of editing
  • The Editing Podcast, S1E10: How to find an editor
  • The Editing Podcast, S1E7: Style sheets for writing and editing


Ask us a question

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Denise and Louise

  • Denise Cowle Editorial Services: bit.ly/CowleEditing
  • Louise Harnby | Fiction Editor: bit.ly/HarnbyEditing

Music credit

‘Vivacity’ Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com). Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/

Episode 6

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31st Jul 2019

3:30am

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

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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 bites

Other resources

  • FREE PDF: '15 Word Formatting Tips: Find and Replace, Wildcards and the Ribbon': http://bit.ly/2XmHyHN
  • TUTORIAL: 'Formatting your book in Word: How to save time with the Styles tool': http://bit.ly/2XHkKCx

Ask us a question

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Denise and Louise

  • Denise Cowle Editorial Services: bit.ly/CowleEditing
  • Louise Harnby | Fiction Editor: bit.ly/HarnbyEditing

Music credit

‘Vivacity’ Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com). Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/

Episode 5

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Published on:

24th Jul 2019

3:30am

S2E5: 10 killer editing macros for writers and editors

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Denise and Louise talk about 10 editing macros that will save you time and improve the quality of your writing.

Listen to find out more about:

  • Macros how they work in Word
  • CatchPhrase
  • CitationLister and CitationListChecker
  • CompareWordList
  • File Cleaner
  • FullPointInDialogue and CommaInDialogue
  • MultiSwitch
  • PerfectIt
  • ProperNounAlyse
  • SpellingErrorLister
  • VisibleTrack


Editing bites

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Denise and Louise

  • Denise Cowle Editorial Services: bit.ly/CowleEditing
  • Louise Harnby | Fiction Editor: bit.ly/HarnbyEditing


Music credit

‘Vivacity’ Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com). Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/

Episode 4

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17th Jul 2019

3:30am

S2E4: Adverbs: Use and abuse in writing

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Denise and Louise talk about adverbs, and how to use or remove them purposefully.

Listen to find out more about:

  • What Stephen King said about adverbs
  • Adverb use versus adverb abuse
  • Definition of an adverb with examples
  • Definition of an adverbial phrase with examples
  • Adverb red flag #1: the double tell in narrative
  • Adverb red flag #2: the double tell in dialogue
  • Adverb red flag #3: the double tell in dialogue tags
  • Fixes: using stronger verbs and strengthening dialogue
  • Why adverbial phrases don’t solve the problem
  • Extent of overuse

Editing bites

  • How to Write Dazzling Dialogue by James Scott Bell
  • Oxford Guide to Plain English by Martin Cutts

Other resources

  • Stephen King on Writing: A Memoir of the Craft

Ask us a question

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Denise and Louise

  • Denise Cowle Editorial Services: bit.ly/CowleEditing
  • Louise Harnby | Fiction Editor: bit.ly/HarnbyEditing

Music credit

‘Vivacity’ Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com). Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/

Episode 3

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Published on:

10th Jul 2019

3:30am

S2E3: How to edit for consistency and style with PerfectIt (with guest Daniel Heuman)

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Denise and Louise talk with Daniel Heuman, founder of Intelligent Editing and developer of PerfectIt – consistency-checking and style-enforcing software for editors and writers.

Listen to find out more about:

  • What PerfectIt does
  • Who uses PerfectIt
  • What’s new with PerfectIt 4
  • Using the onboard styles
  • The PerfectIt 4 interface
  • How to access PerfectIt on PC and Mac
  • How much a subscription costs and what’s included
  • Where to download PerfectIt

Find out more about PerfectIt at https://intelligentediting.com/

Ask us a question

The easiest way to ping us a question is via Facebook Messenger: Visit the podcast's Facebook page and click on the SEND MESSAGE button: http://bit.ly/EditPodFB

Denise and Louise

  • Denise Cowle Editorial Services: bit.ly/CowleEditing
  • Louise Harnby | Fiction Editor: bit.ly/HarnbyEditing


Music credit

'Vivacity’ Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com). Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/

Episode 2

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Published on:

3rd Jul 2019

3:30am

S2E2: 4 kinds of writer, and how editing helps

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Denise and Louise discuss four different kinds of writers and how identifying what kind you are can help you work out the kind of editing that’s the best fit for you.

Listen to find out more about:

  • The confident writer
  • The nervous writer
  • The reluctant writer
  • The impatient writer

Editing bites

  • ‘How to proofread your own writing – 10 tips to clean up your writing’: http://bit.ly/2ZtmpJ9
  • ‘Is proofreading enough? How does your reader dance?’: http://bit.ly/2ZrKCQb

Ask us a question

The easiest way to ping us a question is via Facebook Messenger: Visit the podcast's Facebook page and click on the SEND MESSAGE button: http://bit.ly/EditPodFB

Denise and Louise

  • Denise Cowle Editorial Services: bit.ly/CowleEditing
  • Louise Harnby | Fiction Editor: bit.ly/HarnbyEditing

Music credit

‘Vivacity’ Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com). Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/

Episode 1

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Published on:

26th Jun 2019

3:30am

S2E1: How to prepare your book file for editing

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Denise and Louise discuss how to prepare your book file for editing ... whether you're doing it yourself or working with an editor.

Listen to find out more about:

  • When to do interior layout
  • Where to do your editing
  • Whether to edit in a single document or multiples
  • Using styles
  • Font choice
  • Colour choice
  • Paragraph design
  • Spacing
  • Defining headings
  • Page numbering
  • Section breaks
  • Pictures and images
  • Tables of contents
  • Indexing

Editing bites

  • Editing in Word, 2nd Edition, by Adrienne Montgomerie: http://bit.ly/2Xy3CPs
  • How to Market a Book, by Joanna Penn

Other resources

Ask us a question

The easiest way to ping us a question is via Facebook Messenger: Visit the podcast's Facebook page and click on the SEND MESSAGE button: http://bit.ly/EditPodFB

Denise and Louise

  • Denise Cowle Editorial Services: bit.ly/CowleEditing
  • Louise Harnby | Fiction Editor: bit.ly/HarnbyEditing

Music credit

‘Vivacity’ Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com). Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/

Episode 12

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Published on:

3rd Apr 2019

4:00am

S1E12: How long does editing take?

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Denise and Louise discuss how long it takes to complete an edit – whether you’re doing it yourself or working with a professional – and how to plan ahead.

Listen to find out more about editing time in relation to:

  • Word count
  • Project complexity
  • Level of editing undertaken, including referencing, style-guide adherence and fact-checking
  • Publishing imperfect written content
  • Working with agents
  • Collectives and agencies: fast turnaround, high quality
  • The length of the editing day
  • Scheduling editing in advance, and allowing time to deal with queries


Editing bites

Plus:


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Denise and Louise


Music credit

‘Vivacity’ Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com). Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/

Episode 11

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Published on:

27th Mar 2019

4:30am

S1E11: Does location matter when working with an editor?

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In this episode of The Editing Podcast, Denise and Louise discuss location and whether where your editor lives actually matters.

Listen to find out more about location in relation to:

  • Local, regional and national knowledge
  • Face-to-face meetings
  • University policies
  • Spelling, idiomatic and dialectical variance
  • Pronunciation problems
  • Communicating with global audiences
  • Refining searches for editors
  • Financial transactions
  • The type of editing being carried out
  • Times-zone advantages


Editing bites


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Denise and Louise


Music Credit

‘Vivacity’ Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com). Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/

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20th Mar 2019

7:08pm

Ex tempore: Book editing and marketing chat

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Denise and Louise attended the 2019 ATOMICON digital marketing conference. During one of the breaks, they recorded a chat about book editing and marketing, accompanied by pink pineapples and women on stilts!

Listen to find out more about:

  • Why editors and authors should attend marketing conferences
  • Stepping outside your comfort zone and learning new skills
  • Branding, using audio and video to grow your business
  • Overcoming marketing nerves
  • Editors who become writers
  • An editor's view on being edited
  • Giving mindful, constructive feedback that makes editing enriching
  • Learning best practice


Other resources


Ask us a question

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Denise and Louise

Music credit

‘Vivacity’ Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com). Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/

Episode 10

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20th Mar 2019

4:30am

S1E10: How to find an editor

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In this episode of The Editing Podcast, Denise and Louise discuss how to find an editor if you decide you want professional help.

Listen to find out more about:

  • National editorial societies
  • Google and other search engines
  • Writing networks
  • Social media
  • Refining your search by subject/genre specialism: editor portfolios
  • Refining with sample edits
  • Refining with testimonials


Editing bites


Other resources


Ask us a question

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Denise and Louise


Music credit

‘Vivacity’ Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com). Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/

 

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13th Mar 2019

10:13pm

Point of View. With author Kenda Macdonald

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In this bonus episode of The Editing Podcast, Denise and Louise talk to Kenda Macdonald, a behavioural marketing specialist and CEO of Automation Ninjas. She is also the author of Hack the Buyer Brain.

Summary

  • Indie publishing
  • Finding and working with an editor
  • Respecting and retaining author voice
  • The importance of author/editor trust
  • Working with beta readers
  • Using negative feedback to write better
  • Framing editorial feedback respectfully
  • Author tip: Building a support network


Talk to Kenda

  • Automation Ninjas: https://www.automationninjas.com/
  • Twitter: https://twitter.com/AutomatioNinjas
  • Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/AutomationNinjas
  • Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/automationninjas/
  • YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCGDpDbxVicFhpbOZhSsykSw/
  • Hack the Buyer Brain: https://www.automationninjas.com/hack-the-buyer-brain/


Denise and Louise


Music credit

‘Vivacity’ Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com). Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/

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13th Mar 2019

10:05pm

Point of View. With author Tim Lewis

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In this bonus episode of The Editing Podcast, Denise and Louise talk to Tim Lewis, host of the Begin Self-Publishing Podcast and author of tree time-travel novellas (Timeshock series), three fantasy novels (Magpies and Magic series), and Social Media Networking.

Summary

  • Benefits and challenges of working with a professional editor who’s also a family member
  • Trust and personal relationships
  • Constructive criticism and the author/editor relationship: Best vs best-fit relationships
  • Marketing tips: Social media; sales versus visibility; tagging and quoting
  • The culture of free and its impact on book sales
  • Building an author platform and understanding your social media audience
  • Podcasting for indie authors
  • Using your book as a marketing tool to grow your business
  • Structural outlining: Planning versus pantsing
  • Author tip: Starting with a shorter project to learn the basics of self-publishing and hone your craft


Talk to Tim

  • Begin Self-Publishing Podcast: https://beginselfpublishing.com/
  • Stoneham Press: https://stonehampress.com/
  • Twitter: @StonehamPress
  • Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/BSPPodcast/
  • YouTube: http://bit.ly/2TxQZml
  • Social Media Networking: How to Use Social Media to Get the Job You Want, Find Love, Get Business Success and Boost Your Travel Experience: https://amzn.to/2TyfmjZ


Denise and Louise


Music credit

‘Vivacity’ Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com). Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License

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13th Mar 2019

9:57pm

Point of View. With author Kia Thomas

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In this bonus episode of The Editing Podcast, Denise and Louise talk to Kia Thomas, a fiction editor and the author of Wings.

Summary

  • Indie publishing
  • Choosing what level of editing to do yourself and what to get help with, based on skills
  • Getting feedback: Identifying whether the story works
  • The challenges of self-editing: Length of book, writer tics and repetition
  • Trading favours with other professionals to save money
  • Free-flow writing prior to revision: Planning versus pantsing
  • Finding the time and mindset for writing
  • The experience of being edited: Trust, anxiety and retaining voice
  • Understanding and communicating expectations
  • Author tip: Getting fresh eyes on your work


Talk to Kia

  • Kia Thomas Editing: https://kiathomasediting.com/
  • Twitter: https://twitter.com/KiaThomasEdits
  • Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/kiathomasediting/
  • LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/kia-thomas-editing/
  • Wings: https://amzn.to/2TyHdRb


Denise and Louise


Music credit

‘Vivacity’ Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com). Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/

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13th Mar 2019

9:56pm

Point of View. With author Simon Raybould

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In this bonus episode of The Editing Podcast, Denise and Louise talk to Simon Raybould, a presentations trainer and the author of Presentation Genius.

Summary

  • Mainstream and indie publishing (PDF and print on demand)
  • Benefits and challenges of working with a mainstream publisher: Transaction vs growth orientation; positioning; formatting
  • The writing process
  • Working with editors: Using family and professionals
  • The author/editor relationship: Respecting voice; understanding and integrating business knowledge; good-fit relationships
  • Editing across content to ensure brand consistency
  • Author tip: Writing-objective reminders


Talk to Simon

  • Presentation Genius: http://presentationgenius.info
  • Twitter: https://twitter.com/presentations
  • Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/presentationgenius
  • YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/presentationgeniusinfo
  • Presentation Genius: 40 Insights from the Science of Presenting: https://amzn.to/2Tz9GGf


Denise and Louise


Music credit

‘Vivacity’ Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com). Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/

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13th Mar 2019

9:36pm

Point of View. With author Antoinette Oglethorpe

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In this bonus episode of The Editing Podcast, Denise and Louise talk to Antoinette Oglethorpe, a leadership development and career management specialist, and the author of Grow Your Geeks.

Summary

  • Hybrid publishing with a publishing partner: Rethink Press
  • Using beta readers prior to revision
  • Overcoming anxiety regarding editorial feedback
  • The role of the editor: Support, improvement and collaboration
  • Writing your second book: Maintaining momentum
  • Book marketing tips: repurposing, reverse-engineered marketing and business growth


Talk to Antoinette

  • Antoinette Oglethorpe: https://www.antoinetteoglethorpe.com/
  • Twitter: https://twitter.com/antoinetteog
  • Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/AntoinetteOglethorpe/
  • LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/antoinetteoglethorpe/
  • Grow Your Geeks: A Handbook for Developing Leaders in High-Tech Organisations: https://amzn.to/2TtOHVk


Denise and Louise


Music credit

‘Vivacity’ Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com). Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/

Episode 9

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13th Mar 2019

4:30am

S1E9: How to save money on editing

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In this episode of The Editing Podcast, Denise and Louise discuss the order of play for the different levels of editing, and some ideas about how you can keep costs down.

Listen to find out more about:

  • The different levels of editing
  • The order of play – when to do what
  • Who else can help – beyond the pro editor
  • Planning ahead
  • Getting comparative quotations for the job
  • Honing story craft
  • Manuscript critiques or evaluations
  • Learning through example – commissioning mini edits
  • Word’s onboard tools, macros and add-ins
  • Style sheets


Editing bites


Other resources

Episode 8

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6th Mar 2019

6:00am

S1E8: Page proofs and the proofreading process

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In this episode of The Editing Podcast, Denise and Louise discuss page proofs and how they fit into the editing process.

Listen to find out more about:

  • Tangled terminology and how proofreading means different things to different writers and editors
  • Designed page proofs vs raw-text files
  • Defining page proofs
  • Where proofreading and page proofs fit into mainstream publishing industry’s production process
  • What to look out for at proofreading stage
  • Knock-on effects that could damage designed page proofs
  • The benefits of professional interior formatting


Editing bites and other resources


Episode transcripts

You can access transcripts of this episode via Denise and Louise's websites:


Ask us a question

The easiest way to ping us a question is via Facebook Messenger: Visit the podcast's Facebook page and click on the SEND MESSAGE button.

Denise and Louise


Music credit

‘Vivacity’ Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com). Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/

Episode 7

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27th Feb 2019

6:00am

S1E7: Style sheets for writing and editing

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In this episode of The Editing Podcast, Denise and Louise talk about style sheets, and how they’ll help you keep track of the key themes in your book, and ensure consistency along the way.

Listen to find out more about:

  • Style sheets – what they are and why they’re useful
  • What to include in your style sheet
  • Which types of written content benefit from a style sheet
  • Style sheets for authors and editors
  • Two industry-recognized style guides


Editing bites


Episode transcripts

You can access transcripts of this episode via Denise and Louise's websites:


Ask us a question

The easiest way to ping us a question is via Facebook Messenger: Visit the podcast's Facebook page and click on the SEND MESSAGE button.

Denise and Louise

Music credit

‘Vivacity’ Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com). Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/

 

Episode 6

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20th Feb 2019

6:00am

S1E6: What is a sample edit?

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In this episode of The Editing Podcast, Denise and Louise discuss sample edits – what they are, how they can help, and who they’re useful for.

Listen to find out more about:

  • Asking for multiple sample edits of the same material
  • What to expect from sample line/copyedits versus proofreads
  • Best versus best fit
  • Pricing: are they free?
  • Samples and scheduling
  • Samples and filtering for ‘Frankenstein edits’
  • Obligations and safe spaces


Editing bites

Plus:

'Is Hiring a Developmental Editor Cheating?' by Molly McCowan

Episode transcripts

You can access transcripts of this episode via Denise and Louise's websites:


Ask us a question

The easiest way to ping us a question is via Facebook Messenger: Visit the podcast's Facebook page and click on the SEND MESSAGE button.

Denise and Louise

Music credit

‘Vivacity’ Kevin MacLeod...

Episode 5

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13th Feb 2019

6:00am

S1E5: What kind of editor do you need?

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In this episode of The Editing Podcast, Denise and Louise talk about choosing the right kind of editor to suit your publishing needs. Listen to find out more about:

  • budget
  • writing expertise
  • editing expertise
  • genre or subject
  • personality fit
  • time frame
  • publishing goals
  • audience


Editing bites

Other resources


Episode transcripts

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‘Vivacity’ Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com). Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/

Episode 4

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Published on:

6th Feb 2019

6:00am

S1E4: How much does editing cost?

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In this episode of The Editing Podcast, Denise and Louise discuss how much professional editing might cost if you decide to hire a third party. Listen to find out how the following could impact on the fee you’re quoted:

  • The individual editor
  • Which industry surveys and reports you read
  • The required turnaround time
  • The speed at which the editor works
  • How terminology might confuse quotations
  • How complex the project is

Plus:

  • How editors present fees
  • What editing fees have to cover: editing and business overheads

Editing bites

  • Everybody Writes: Your Go-to Guide to Creating Ridiculously Good Content (Ann Handley)
  • How NOT to Write a Novel: 200 Mistakes to Avoid at All Costs if You Ever Want to Get Published (Howard Mittelmark and Sandra Newman)

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‘Vivacity’ Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com). Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/

Episode 3

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Published on:

30th Jan 2019

6:00am

S1E3: Should you work with an editor?

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In this episode of The Editing Podcast, Denise and Louise look at why you might want to invest in hiring an editor rather than doing it all yourself.

Listen to find out more about:

  • Time restrictions
  • Losing your mojo
  • Fresh eyes
  • Professional training and experience


Editing bites

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Episode transcripts

You can access transcripts of this episode via Denise and Louise's websites:


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Music credit

‘Vivacity’ Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com). Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/

Episode 2

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Published on:

23rd Jan 2019

6:00am

S1E2: Publishing lingo explained

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In this episode of The Editing Podcast, Denise and Louise demystify publishing language – the terms professionals use to describe the parts of a book – so that you can talk with confidence about your text. Listen to find out more about:

  • the beginning (or front matter; prelims), the main or body text and the end matter (or back matter)
  • part titles, half titles, and title pages
  • forewords and prefaces
  • acknowledgements
  • pages, page numbers, and folios
  • double page spreads (DPSs)
  • rectos and versos
  • running heads and running feet
  • drop caps or dropped capitals
  • chapter drops
  • appendices and glossaries
  • footnotes and endnotes
  • bibliographies, references, and indexes


Editing bites

Indexing societies


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Episode 1

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9th Jan 2019

1:30pm

S1E1: The different levels of editing

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In this episode of The Editing Podcast, Denise and Louise discuss the different levels of editing, why editing is worth doing, the order of play, and how perfection is impossible in one pass. Listen to find out more about:

  • Mimicking the mainstream publishing industry
  • Building a fan base
  • Shaping: Developmental editing and manuscript critiques (macro/story level)
  • Smoothing: Line editing (micro/sentence level)
  • Correcting: Copyediting (micro/sentence level)
  • Quality control: Proofreading (micro/sentence level)
  • The logical order of play
  • Making time for several passes


Editing bites

  • Which level of editing do you need?’ (booklet by Louise Harnby)
  • Self-Editing for Fiction Writers: How to Edit Yourself into Print (2nd ed.) (book by Renni Browne and Dave King)
  • Self-editing a non-fiction book’ (blog post by Joanna Penn, The Creative Penn)
  • How to Write Non-Fiction: Turn Your Knowledge into Words (book by Joanna Penn)

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'Vivacity' Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com). Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License

http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/

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About the Podcast

The Editing Podcast
Make your editing and writing life easier with Denise and Louise
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.

About your hosts

Denise Cowle

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Denise is a copyeditor and proofreader who works with publishers, businesses and independent authors. She specializes in non-fiction, particularly education, business and social sciences. Denise lives in Glasgow, Scotland. Don’t ask her to say ‘curly wurly’ or there might be a murrrdurrr!

Louise Harnby

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Louise is a line editor, copyeditor and proofreader who works with indie authors of commercial fiction. She specializes in crime, thrillers and mysteries. Louise lives in Norwich, England. Don't ask her to say 'bootiful' or there'll be even more trouble!