editing Archives - Joanna Campbell Slan

How to Edit Your Work

The ability to edit your own work is incredibly important. For obvious reasons, editors prefer authors who can turn in clean copy. Beyond lightening an editor’s workload, there are other reasons that you need to be good at editing–it’s your name on the book! Over the years I’ve picked up great ideas for editing. Here’s […]

Improve Your Sequencing To Improve Your Writing

This morning I heard a radio commercial about a pair of work gloves. The announcer explained that these were “more abrasion and tear resistant than leather.” I was left wondering, “Does he mean the surface of the gloves is abrasive?” I doubt that. I suspect he meant that the surface of the gloves was “more resistant to tears and abrasion than […]

How Anyone Can Improve His or Her Writing Almost Instantly

By Joanna Campbell Slan School has started, and your child may be one of many who struggles with written assignments. Or perhaps you, yourself, are going back to school. Or maybe now that your kids are off to classes, you’ve decided to get down to the business of writing that book you’ve been meaning to […]

The Proof is in the Book

The galleys for Photo, Snap, Shot arrived on my doorstep last week. I’m knee-deep in proofing, an activity I simultaneously love and hate. I love proofing because it gives me one more chance to polish my work. Midnight Ink is very good about allowing me to make changes. (I’ve worked with publishers before where there […]