"I have been delighted to work with Stacy Ennis on several books in the past year. On one project I hired her directly (twice); on the other, my publisher hired her. In all situations, she's proven to be the consummate professional, blending her extensive knowledge with charming accessibility. The Editor's Eye on your bookshelf is like having Stacy on speed dial-- you can get her help for your book whenever you need it."
- Joel Lund, author of Watson's Way
"Stacy has a great command of prose and a deep respect for the authors she works with. She continually kept me organized and on track, giving me very specific feedback about my content throughout the writing process, and was tireless in her attention to detail while helping me understand how best to engage my readers. I am a huge advocate of Stacy's work, and I look forward to using The Editor's Eye and her phenomenal writing and editing talents on my next book."
- Whit Mitchell, author of Working in Sync
"Stacy Ennis was instrumental to the success of my book. She was helpful both in proactively coaching me on ways to write well and helping improve what I wrote. With an uncanny eye for what the reader will perceive, Stacy brought out the best in me as an author--even helping me create whole new concepts that I now use in my consulting work. The Editor's Eye captures Stacy's wisdom and insights as an editor. I'm looking forward to using it and working with her while writing my next book."
- Bob Faw, author of Energize! Ignite Passion and Performance with User-Friendly Brain Tools
From the Author
Whether you're an already published author who wants to better understand the editing process, a would-be author considering
self-publishing or pursuing the traditional publishing route, or a writer who just wants a better grasp on refining your own work, this book is for you. The Editor's Eye is your in-depth introduction to the self-editing and professional editing processes. You'll learn how to transform the way you write, gain insight into how to hire and work with editors, and master each stage of the book-editing process. Everything you need to know to get your book into best-selling shape is in this book.
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Each chapter touches on an important part of the editing process. Chapter 1 starts by debunking all of the old myths about book editing and gives you the truth about the editing process, including the idea of "killing your darlings" and more. Chapter 2 covers editing fundamentals, including a detailed look at the four stages of editing and important terminology you should know.
Chapters 3 and 4 take a fresh look at the entire writing process from planning to publication--from an editor's point of view. You'll learn how integrating editing into your writing early on can dramatically improve your drafts right from the moment you add words to a blank page.
Chapter 5 details how to hire and work with an editor, including important questions to ask prospective editors; it also gets very specific on what you can expect to pay, how to work with an editor in another city, and other essential information about working collaboratively and productively with your editor. I draw from my experience working across distances to help you understand how to work digitally and why it's not so hard. In fact, the first book I edited was for a client in Boise, Idaho, and I edited it from my apartment in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. If I can do that, you can definitely work with an editor in a different U.S. city, and I'll show you how.
But, perhaps most importantly, each chapter in this book is as practical and hands-on as possible, with real examples of tools, tips, and strategies you can actually use as you write your book. You'll also get templates for outlines, examples of how editors can improve your writing, and samples of a reader feedback form, an editing checklist, an agreement letter, and a manuscript style guide.
While my experiences inspired me to share my expertise with you, I didn't stop there: I interviewed 20 industry leaders in publishing, including editors, owners of publishing houses, and authors. Full interviews are included throughout, too, from several important names: ghostwriter, coauthor, and book doctor Tim Vandehey; independent writer, editor, and author Christy Karras; commercial freelancer, business coach, and author of three award-winning books, including The Well-Fed Self-Publisher, Peter Bowerman; freelance writer and author of My So-Called Freelance Life, Michelle Goodman; and number one international best-selling fiction author Vincent Zandri. These are people who really know their stuff and have a following because of it, and many of them also happen to be my colleagues, people I'd trust with my own work.
There are several ways to use this book, and it's designed for authors at many stages. If you're new to book writing and editing, you should read this book cover to cover, especially the section on the writing process and self-editing. If you're reading this book with a completed manuscript sitting next to you, it might be a good idea to skip the sections on self-editing for now (Chapters 3 and 4) and instead focus on hiring and working with editors (Chapter 5). Whatever your situation, The Editor's Eye will be an invaluable part of your book-writing process.
But this book isn't really about me or the experts I interviewed--this book is ultimately about you. It's about helping you get to where you want to be, whether it's starting or finishing a book, taking control of a draft that keeps escaping your grasp, or another equally important goal. It's about helping you reach your dreams and enjoy the process of writing and refining your book. Because, as I'll show you over the next few chapters, editing can be just as enjoyable as writing.
Let's get started.
- Stacy Ennis
Looking for more help or a one-on-one editing consultation? Get in touch with me by visiting: stacyennis.com.