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When and Why to Hire an Editor, And What They Should (and Shouldn’t) Do

The question of hiring an editor often comes up in my classes, and since editor for hire is one of the hats I wear, I wanted to provide some overview. There are different kinds of edits. I’m focusing on two: the developmental edit versus the copy edit. You might also hire someone to proofread, where they are simply looking for mistakes and errors, rather than making any editorial suggestions.
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Up to One’s Hips: Thoughts on Wading Through the Slushpile

I just finished the first pass on the slushpile for If This Goes On. The anthology is intended to be half solicited manuscripts; half from the open call, and I’m happy to say that I don’t think it’s going to … Continue reading

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Women Destroying Fantasy: What I’ll Be Looking For

I was just at a Kristine Rusch and Dean Wesley Smith workshop where people were using the idea of reader “cookies” and “anti-cookies”, things that delight or turn-off a specific editor, increasing or decreasing the appeal of a story when they’re considering it.

So I’ll be open to submissions from March 15 through March 31 for the Women Destroying Fantasy issue. Here are some of my wants and a couple of things that will turn me off.
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Online Classes: Buy 2 Get 1 Free Class Offer Ends at Midnight

Consider this a reminder that you’ve got two more days to take advantage of this end of the year offer:

  • Sign up for two single-session classes ($99 each, $89 each for former students) and get a third one free.

OR

  • Sign up for the Writing F&SF Short Stories class or Advanced Story Workshop ($199) and get a single-session workshop free.

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News and Classes

Right now I’m running a special on the online Writing F&SF Stories class that’s starting this Saturday, December 1. It is six Saturday mornings, 9:30-11:30 AM PST. I’m also offering an early sign-up rate on January and February classes. Pay by December 15 and get the early rate. It’s been fun planning this round and trying to come up with some new and interesting stuff as well as repeating the successful classes. So here’s the list: Writing F&SF Short Stories, Editing 101, Flash Fiction Workshop, Literary Techniques in Speculative Fiction, Building an Online Presence for Writers, First Pages Workshop, (new class) The Art of the Book Review, and (new class) What You Need to Need About Electronic Publishing.

Want more details about the classes? You can find descriptions, dates, and costs on the Upcoming Classes page, where you can also sign-up to be on the mailing list!
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Online Classes for Summer, 2012

It’s a busy summer – highlights include working with Clarion West this summer as well as ArmadilloCon in July, GearCon in August, and WorldCon (along with the release of Near+Far at WorldCon). I’m not scheduling any classes for August in order to be able to focus on the release. Upcoming classes include: a Saturday session of writing F&SF (only a few slots left open there), Editing Basics (about half full at the moment), a Flash workshop (brand new, so it’s wide open for registration) and an online version of the literary techniques in speculative fiction class.
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Thoughts on the Cons and Pros of Cons and Pros (pre Norwescon)

Conventions — are they worth it? A little legwork can help make your experience more productive, and sometimes more fun. Continue reading

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Upcoming Classes Through June

I’m in the process of adding a section on the website that permanently lists what’s coming up – it will be here and currently holds a duplicate of the info in this post. Please pass the URL to this link … Continue reading

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First Editing Class: Notes and Observations

The Editing class is split into three sections. In this first session, we focused on developmental, or “big picture,” editing. Here’s some notes on the process of editing. Continue reading

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