Promotional: Correction Line, A Book Review

21 11 2012

This Saturday, Charles Henry Editing is launching a weekly book review series! Our first book is Correction Line by Craig Terlson.

Craig Terlson’s fiction has appeared in Carve, Hobart, Smokelong Quarterly, Bound Off, 3:AM, Slow Trains Literary and many other literary journals in the United States, United Kingdom, and South Africa. Correction Line is Terlson’s first novel,  and it looks like a doozy.

Here is a brief description of Correction Line from Amazon.com:

If not for the sharp curves of prairie correction lines, grid roads would converge into one point. When encyclopedia salesman Roy Blake meets Lucy, an ex-palmist living in a secluded house, he hits a different sort of curve. After a failed sales visit, Roy returns to find the house trashed and her dog tied up in the basement. Just as he discovers a shelf of glowing mason jars, two men carrying shotguns arrive and start smashing furniture upstairs. Before the men can flush him out of the basement, a chemically induced explosion levels the house and Roy barely escapes. Lucy pulls Roy into a world of bowling hustlers, Cuba-loving assassins, strange healing liquids, and guys that take baseball way too seriously. Curve balls meet curved roads, and Roy hits a correction line that will drive him toward a man who controls an entirely different salesforce.

If you’d like to read Correction Line go to:

http://www.amazon.com/dp/B008JKYQEO

To connect with Craig Terlson go to:

If you would like to have your work reviewed please go to the ‘Other Services’ to read what to send in an email to Carolyn Elias at carolyn@charleshenryediting.com. Please note that the earliest review slot available is December 15th, 2012.

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How to Content Edit Like a Pro: Overall Content Checklist

19 11 2012

So, you finally finished writing an amazing novel or academic paper and, after basking in the glory of your finished work,  now what? Editing. Editing polishes a good idea into a great product. It irons out all the little devilish details and can be overwhelming. I am frequently asked by clients how to begin editing. With so many little things to fix it is hard to figure out what things should be fixed first.

I always do content (substantive) editing first. In my opinion you can’t fix how to say an idea until the ideas make sense.

Content Editing Checklist: Overall Content

  1. Does the work clearly focus on one topic?
  2. Does the introduction grab the interest your intended reader and offer a clear purpose for reading?

  3. Throughout the work is there a clear, logical point that is supported in each paragraph

  4. Are the facts accurate?

  5. Does the work follow a logical plan from beginning to end?

  6. Does the body of the work present well-ordered paragraphs of main ideas with relevant, supporting details

  7. Does the conclusion leave readers feeling satisfied, feeling a sense of conclusion now that they have reached the end and know what to do with the information?

  8. Is the necessary background information given?

  9. Does the work moves smoothly from one idea to the next?

  10. Do the transitions make sense and ameliorate the flow of the work?

These are the ten most basic things to go through when beginning content editing. Tomorrow I will teach you how to line by line content edit like a professional.





New Titles By Carolyn D. Elias

18 11 2012

Hello Readers!

I am happy announce in December I will be publishing two books of poetry!

The Hospital and Other Poems, and, Letters to Myself will be available for purchase for $4.99 at:

I hope you enjoy them!

Copies for book reviewers will be made available in early 2013. Please email Carolyn Elias at carolyn@charleshenryediting.com to request a copy.





Ask Charles Henry Editing an editing question:

7 11 2012




Q & A with an Editor

6 11 2012

Editor’s name:

Carolyn Elias

Genre you most like to edit: 

Fiction novels, short stories, poetry, and professional academic work.

Genre you don’t want to edit:

Self help books, health, spirituality, (religious is fine) business/management, economics, erotica.

What is the best way for writers to solicit your services: 

Send an email to carolyn@charleshenryediting.com with a brief statement on what sort of editing their work needs and what their publishing plans are along with 5 page double spaced pages for an initial read through that are in MS word and are attached to the email. Also, making sure to put their name and contact info.

Do you charge a reading fee:

The initial 5 page read through is free.

Can you provide an approximation by percent of what you tend to edit by category:

50% fiction, 50% academic non-fiction.

What are the most common mistakes writers make:

Quite a few forget to provide contact information or don’t know how to use email/word processing. The second most common mistake is not having a long enough manuscript. Most writers forget that in publication the book is single spaced with 500 words per page. To see how many pages thier manuscript is they should divide the total number of words by 500. Then they should subtract 20% from their total because that is how much is cut when going through the editorial process.

How would you describe the client from Hell:

The client from hell is a person who tries to haggle over price; has no interest in learning the publishing world; believes that their writing is perfect; a person who does not want to abide by style guide books; or a person who cannot write well.

How would you describe the perfect client:

The perfect client understands that the editorial process and style conventions. Someone who is confident, humble, and willing to work hard to perfect their craft. Someone who understands that as an editor, we want the best from them because we want their manuscript to be a book that sells well.

How and why did you become and editor:

I started off as a writer but people always came to me to spruce up their work. I eventually realized that I loved editing a tiny bit more than writing.

What can a writer do to increase the odds that you will edit their work:

Having solid, concise prose backed by a publishing vision.

What are your impressions about writers and publishers:

Writers are wonderful!  If they can handle the advice of people trying to help them get published then they will going to fare well once the book is published and anyone can tear apart their work. I love working with publishers they are straight forward and easy to talk with.

Please list who you have worked with:

Fiction: Arbutus Press, Alfred Warkentin, James McCrohan, and several other authors.

Non-Fiction: WDET Radio, Common Ground Publishing, SAGE and several individual authors.





Substantive Editing: Fleshing out Your Story

3 11 2012

In substantive editing (also known as developmental editing and comprehensive editing), the editor considers a document’s concept and intended use, content, organization, design, and style. The purpose is to make the document functional for its readers, not just to make it correct and consistent.

substantive edit deals with the overall structure of the publication:

  • Does it all fit together into a coherent whole?
  • Is the order of presentation logical (from the target audience’s point of view)?
  • Is all the necessary information included, and unnecessary information deleted?

Contrast this work with copy editing, most of which is rules-based and concerned with grammar, spelling, punctuation, and other mechanics of style and the internal consistency of facts and presentation. Both types of edit are essential; they just focus on different issues. See my post Copy editing: What It Is and Why It is Important.

Why You Should Use a Professional Substantive Editor

Manuscripts need in-depth, comprehensive, substantive editing — the kind that deals with the nuts and bolts of organization and structure, of plotting and pacing, of characterization, of voice and tone, along with all of the stylistic elements and overall substance that go into creating a great read. Whether fiction or nonfiction, every book (or short story or article) needs the type of thorough going over that only a developmental editor can provide.

What Substantive Editors Go Over

  • Are the characters real, flesh-and-bone, multi-sided people? Does the reader know them once the story has taken off? Or simply know about them? Do they interact in believable ways. Does the main character grow and evolve?
  • Does the pacing fit the storyline? Different genres require different pacing, and it helps to work with an editor who understands the market and the genre in which you’re writing. Does one chapter flow into the next, building to a climax, making for a satisfying read? Does the book “fit” together? Does it have a cohesive beginning, middle, and end? Or does the plotline fizzle and sag, or leave huge holes that are never bridged?
  • Is there a point to the book?
  • Does the language sing? Is the writer telling the story, or creating, showing, evoking for the reader?

The very best substantive editors can not only pinpoint the problems, in all areas, but most importantly, be able to show you how to fix those short falls. An editor’s job is to help a writer to fashion the very best book it can be and create a great read.

Substantive editing is $199.99.  Contact us at carolyn@charleshenryediting.com





NaNoWriMo Special

1 11 2012

Happy first day of National Novel Writing Month! What are you all writing about? Well, whatever it is good luck! To celebrate National Novel Writing Month we are having a 1/2 off sale on all editing services. What sort of services does Charles Henry Editing offer? Quite a few! We specialize in content editing, copy editing, proofreading and manuscript evaluations for individual authors and publishers. We polish query letters and synopses. If you are writing a book we want to take it to the next level. Our slogan is: Where Good Books Become Great.

What if I’m not writing a book? That’s fine with us we also edit academic papers, business communications and student work.

We like to say: You Write, We Edit.

Check us out at

http://www.charleshenryediting.com

or email Carolyn Elias at carolyn@charleshenryediting.com.








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