Tuesday, April 5, 2016

Write-to-Publish Faculty Interview: Linda Taylor, Editing Yourself and Others Elective Course

Please give us an overview of your four-part elective class, “Editing Yourself and Others.”

I’ve been an editor for three decades, continue to edit as a freelancer, and teach editing in the Professional Writing Department at Taylor University. So these four sessions are well-honed to help attendees understand the various types of editing—content editing, copyediting, and proofreading (the final session is about finding jobs). Each type of editing is generally done by different people in a publishing house because each type asks different questions and requires different skills. We’ll take a look at what these various people do.

Attendees are welcome to come to one or all (they don’t necessarily build on one another). The copyediting and proofreading sessions will involve some training in working in Microsoft Word and on pdfs, so would be good to bring computers to follow along, but it’s not required.

How can a writer best prepare to attend your class?

The class will be helpful for folks who want to edit, but also for authors to understand what their editors are doing with their manuscripts! No preparation needed.

What type of a writer do you hope to meet with during the one-on-one appointment times?

I’m happy to talk with anyone who has questions about the editing process or maybe wants a quick look at the first few pages of a manuscript. I will probably be more helpful with nonfiction than fiction. I’m not acquiring anything, so just come to me if you need some advice or have some publishing questions. I can also help with advice about social media and other aspects of the publishing process.

Anything else you would like to add?

Looking forward to seeing old friends and meeting new ones!

Read more about Linda Taylor.

Write-to-Publish meets June 8 – 11 
in the Chicago area.

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