Editors as Advisors

During the process of editing a manuscript, which was to be self-published, the author began asking me questions that had little to do with the writing or editing process. One such question was what company should I use to print my book? Another, should I publish a print book or publish an e-book? These questions sparked the realization that as editors we now do more than just doctor the words. Our clients look at us as their advisers. Susan’s class will provide some ideas how to handle the questions, protect our editing time, and offer handouts that you can give to your clients.

Instructor bio:

As a DIYer, o.k. as a control freak, Susan K. Stewart has self-published both print and e-books. In addition, she has edited magazines and books for more than ten years. During those years, she has seen a change in the editor/writer relationship. As an editor, she has developed material to give to her clients to help them through many of these questions.

Six lessons

FEE: TCP Contributing Members $100, Online-only members $110, Nonmembers $130

The next course begins on October 19, 2015, and runs November 23, 2015. Sign up by contacting the Course Coordinator through our Contact Us page.

What people say about this class:

I’m so glad I took Susan’s classes, Introduction to E-Publishing and Creating, Formatting and Marketing E-books. Learning from her was like having an agent in my back pocket. She was gracious to answer my many questions and to offer creative solutions for the specific challenges of my book. Susan brought me from clueless to confident. She helped me step into today’s publishing industry. —-Melody R

 Thanks for the information you have shared with us. You have given me much food for thought :) I’m looking forward to putting this course to good use over the next year and more.  —- Ruth S.

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