Some serial editing

Like a serial killer?

Don’t ask.


I follow Catherine, Caffeinated. She’s a feisty writer who has carved out a niche in the self-publishing advice blognet. I haven’t read any of her books, but she doles out some great advice on her blog.

Recently, she invited Robert Doran, an editor with Kazoo Independent Publishing Services (yes, they want your money – that’s not necessarily a bad thing) to write a few articles defining the different types of editing. I found the pieces informative and concise. These articles provide a great place for any writer to get an overview of the editorial process. Whether you do it yourself or decide to hire someone to help, Mr. Doran’s run down of each editorial task is powerful information as it puts you in-the-know.

Check ’em out:

Why Hire an Editor

Structural Editing for Self-Publishers

Copy-editors: What They Really Do

Proofreading Explained



8 thoughts on “Some serial editing

  1. Interesting stuff. I’m amazed at what I miss in my own manuscripts, no matter how many times I’ve read them. Definitely want professionally editing… but it isn’t cheap.

    1. That’s true. It is not cheap, but if you can put some money aside, it often is worth it.

      But, those articles kind of help those of us who can’t afford it to focus on the things we should be looking at when editing our own work. Not the same as an editor, of course, but just having it all laid out there like that, made me think it would be helpful when I go back in for the next draft.

      1. Yep, the links are definitely useful. I found the book below extremely helpful as well, to the point where it was as much writing craft advice as editing advice (I guess they blur :))

        Self-Editing for Fiction Writers, Second Edition: How to Edit Yourself Into Print by Browne, Renni and King, Dave

      2. I’m over my book budget this month, but I just downloaded the sample on my Nook to remind myself to buy it next month. Thanks!

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