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Sharing a new blog post I did for one of my publishers.
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Just sharing this Nonfiction Monday post featuring my Q&A with PURE GRIT author Mary Cronk Farrell.
I recently had the pleasure of attending one of Mary Cronk Farrell's readings in support of her terrific new YA nonfiction book, Pure Grit: How American World War II Nurses Survived Battle and Prison Camp in the Pacific. It w...
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Seattle/PNW-region editors: Just sharing a link to full details about two November workshops EFA Seattle is hosting: Helping Authors Through the Self-Publishing Process (11/9) and Getting the Most Out of CMOS (11/16). Space is still available in both, and we'd love to see you there.
The Editorial Freelancers Association is a national, nonprofit organization of self-employed professionals in publishing and communications.
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For any interested editors in Seattle or the greater PNW region, EFA Seattle is hosting two November professional-development events. First up on 11/9 is an informational course on working with self-publishing authors. And on 11/16, we're doing a hands-on workshop focused on techniques for getting the most out of CMOS. Space is still available in both, and the courses are open to members and nonmembers. Feel free to share the info and/or ask me any questions!
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Thanks for inviting me, Mark. I see a few familiar faces! My intro: I was a freelance reporter before jumping into an in-house editorial career with children's and K-12 educational publishers. Job titles along the way included proofreading coordinator (hiring/training all proofreaders) and copy chief (setting house style and at least touching every last product and PR item the publisher produced). Then I moved into developmental editing and eventually headed up an editorial department. I always freelanced on the side before going full-time freelance in 2002. These days, although I occasionally take CE projects, I don't pursue them, because my focus is now on writing and substantive editing — or project management. In other words, unlike many in the group, I definitely cannot claim to be in the copyediting trenches! But I love to keep an eye on what's going on. Hope it's okay to lurk . . .
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A lot of us do work that blurs the line between developmental editing and copy editing. As a newspaper copy editor, I often did teardowns and reconstructions of suspect stories on deadline or on weekends, when the reporters' immediate superiors weren't available. 

As a copy editor of book manuscripts, I bill myself as a "second line of defense on story issues." That came about because that's what a significant percentage of my clients say they want—someone who will not only clean up spelling, grammar, style and sentence structure, but point out storytelling implausibilities and inconsistencies. I've done lengthy story critiques upon request. 

You may want to do only one kind of editing. But you should have the skills to do more, and exercise them from time to time to stay sharp and make yourself as appealing as possible to potential clients. 

The newsroom executives I most respected were the kind who were able—and willing—to help short-staffed newsrooms by jumping in and pulling a page-design or copy-editing shift here and there. Similarly, you'll find that many of your clients will appreciate your willingness to demonstrate your versatility and not pass them off to another editor simply because their needs don't fit entirely within your self-prescribed parameters.
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I am a children's book author of more than 80 works, including nonfiction picture books, early chapter books, graphic novels, and YA self-help and biography. I am currently working on a YA historical novel and a humorous picture book.

I also run a freelance writing and editing business, which I launched in 2002 after a decade as an in-house editor. I specialize in creating books, articles, and supplemental curriculum materials for the children's trade and K–12 education markets.

Professional affiliations include SCBWI, Authors Guild, PNWA, and EFA, for whom I serve as Facebook page admin and Seattle chapter coordinator.

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