By Linda Jay Geldens
Whether you are writing your first book or your fifth book, at the October 12 BAIPA meeting, “Adventures with Editors,” you will discover useful information about editing that you can apply to your specific project.
Join our panel of editing and proofreading experts from the fields of developmental editing, copyediting, and proofreading (reviewing final layout proofs). The panel includes BAIPA members David Kudler, Linda Jay Geldens, Arlene Miller, David Colin Carr and Virginia Jenny; the moderator is Ruth Schwartz.
DAVID KUDLER is a writer, editor, and Bay Area native. He serves as publisher for Stillpoint Digital Press. Since 1999, he has overseen the publications program of the Joseph Campbell Foundation, for which he has edited three posthumous volumes of Campbell’s previously unpublished work, and managed the publication of over fifty print, ebook, audio, and video titles.
LINDA JAY GELDENS started her publishing career as an advertising copywriter in the Trade Book Department of Little, Brown Publishers in Boston in 1962. Linda copyedits about 25 book manuscripts a year– business books, novels, memoirs, fantasies, spirituality; and writes promotional copy–back jackets for books, website text, blog posts, profiles.
ARLENE MILLER is a copyeditor, grammarian, author, and teacher. She has recently edited both fiction and nonfiction books, college application essays, and professional papers. A journalism major, Arlene’s experience includes newspaper reporting and editing, and technical editing and writing. She is the author of The Best Little Grammar Book Ever! and Correct Me If I’m Wrong.
Editor DAVID COLIN CARR has been freelancing fiction and nonfiction since 1988 with writers as farflung as China and Thailand, as well as doctoral candidates. He is dedicated to projects that value, expand and connect our human hearts, and works collaboratively with clients to bring forth their passion with clarity and coherence.
VIRGINIA JENNY started her editing and proofreading career with a word processing/admin assistant business. She turned spoken word transcriptions into clear, written documents. Recently, she has copyedited and proofread fiction and non-fiction books, working in MSWord and on pdf layouts.
RUTH SCHWARTZ has worked in traditional publishing for seven years, in the self-publishing industry for five years, including managing the production on thirteen multi-author books. She has published two books under her own imprint, and is the proud “mid-wife” of a number of recent indie published books, helping several authors birth their books with ease.
Panel members will clarify the distinctions among different types of editing, as well as best practices when working with editors and proofers. What basic skills do you need as an author and client to make the editing process as painless as possible? You can also expect to learn what kind of editor you need to hire, and how to ascertain if someone is a good fit for your project. Be sure to come with all of your questions about editing, because we will devote a large chunk of time during the presentation to Q&A!