Panel 2:00 – 3:00
In today’s publishing world, publishers expect submissions to be polished. The right professional editor will not only improve your writing, but also make it more marketable. Professional editing increases clarity, saves you time and effort, and helps you deliver your message with accuracy and power. What level of editing do you need–proofreading, copyediting or substantive editing? How do you find the right editor? What are common errors editors fix? If you work with words, you need an editor. Panel members are Jennifer Anderson and Sherry Roberts of the Professional Editors Network and Connie Anderson, editor.
Connie Anderson, an editor of both general fiction and non-fiction books, combines attention to detail with the ability to edit from the reader’s point of view. Working with the author, Connie is willing to ask the “hard” questions many others avoid, producing the best book possible. Her extensive experience keeps the author from making costly mistakes throughout the entire writing and publishing process that result in needless expense and an inferior product. www.wordsanddeedsinc.com
Jennifer J. Anderson has fifteen years’ experience in book publishing and has been a freelance editor/writer since 2006. She has authored several nonfiction books for young adults, including a biography of John Lennon published in 2009 by ABDO Press, and numerous literature study guides. She edits both fiction and nonfiction. Jennifer is currently the co-coordinator of the Twin Cities Professional Editors Network.
Sherry Roberts comes from a journalistic background, having spent several years working in the newspaper and magazine businesses. In 1990, she and her husband Tony started The Roberts Group, a firm that provides editorial services, graphics design, and Web services. She writes, edits, and designs books, newsletters, brochures, marketing materials, and Web sites. She has contributed essays and articles to national publications such as USA Today. She also has published two nonfiction books and one novel, Maud’s House. www.editorialservice.com