I want to increase the number of episodes of the podcast that deal with a broad range of editing issues, and so I’ve asked a fellow freelance editor to be my co-host in a series we’re calling “Editing Essentials.” Each episode features a conversation between us about some editing aspect or practice.

We’ve designed the series to be of use to writers at all levels wanting to develop a better understanding of what editing entails and of how editors can help you make your work the best it can be. It’s not just about commas and typos: it’s about the important role that editing plays in the writing and publishing process.

We’ve planned about ten episodes so far (and will likely be adding more). Each is about 25–35 minutes long and there will be two episodes per month. When they’re all finished, we plan to compile them into a webinar that we will offer to anyone interested in attending.

My co-host is Jennia D’Lima, who’s an editor I respect greatly. Her services include developmental editing, line editing, copy editing, and book coaching. She’s knowledgeable, experienced, and articulate, not to mention fun to talk to and work with (see her previous guest appearance on Writing & Editing).

Some of the topics included in the project are:

  • why you need an editor
  • what an editor does
  • proofreading
  • how to find an editor
  • the publishing universe
  • the author’s voice

But that’s just a sip and a taste. We have much more for you, so stay tuned in and subscribed!