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The different types of editing collection The Editing Podcast - Louise Harnby (fiction editor) and Denise Cowle (non-fiction editor) EPISODE 1, 9th January 2019
The different levels of editing
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The different levels of editing

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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Denise and Louise

Music credit

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


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