Folks frequently ask me for editing advice, either on being an editor or for finding/working with one. Here’s some stuff to check out (along with some more universal writing & revising posts).
First of all, I blog about it often. But saying “read a blog” is not inherently useful, so I’ll give you seven posts that might be what you’re looking for:
- A primer on working with me as an editor
- Editing is a negotiation
- On being an editor, and how I became one
- Two forms of developmental editing
- Making assumptions about the reader
- Writing an author (or other) bio
- On RPG introduction text
If you’re trying to answer the age-old question, “how do I break into editing?”, read my post about how I became an editor (which also counts as how I became a professional game designer), and John Adamus’ post on the subject (which is the first of a multi-part series).
For tech-oriented posts:
- All my posts involving useful Microsoft Word macros
- A handy self-editing aid
- My InDesign/InCopy tips
- A simple and powerful trick to do while revising
Other Editors’ Blogs
John Adamus is prolific on this subject, in written and video form. Notably. these posts:
- Finding an editor: what to look for and what to avoid
- The costs of editing
- Two posts where he’s editing out in the open (short story, game flavor text)
- How to talk with and to professionals
- Editors are not the boogeyman
- What not to say to an editor (series)
- And much, much more. Like with my blog, it’s intermixed with announcements, personal journey elements, and so on.
Amanda Valentine talks about some RPG freelance editors you might not know, but should. She also has some posts of her own on this subject, conveniently collected.
Scrivener is an amazing word processor, a tool that make people in screen writing swear by. I use it and I love it. Here are some posts from others about getting the most out of it, in an RPG context:
- Joe McDaldno’s 15-minute video on using Scrivener to create a new book
- An outstanding post about using it for adventure writing
Fellow Paizo editor Christopher Carey recommends the following books, as useful for revision work:
- Self-Editing for Fiction Writers, Second Edition: How to Edit Yourself Into Print
- The 10% Solution, which geared for learning how to trim your word count
While not strictly about editing, I personally cannot recommend enough The Non-Designer’s Design Handbook, which helped me better understand layout (which in turn helps me better understand editing, since editing is the art of book production).
Certainly there’s more than this. Feel free to email me if you have other suggestions. Make the subject like noticeable, like “Other editor resources.”
P.S. All the cool editors use Fantasy Editor Bingo.