1. What is your editing style like?
Very structured and organized. I like to edit in stages, going through my manuscript multiple times looking for specific things.
2. While on a deadline, how do you stay on top of your edits?
I get it done way before the deadline. If I have something to finish, I finish it early. Otherwise I get stressed.
3. About how many chapters do you aim to finish in a day?
I don’t work chapter by chapter. I have a list of things that I aim to evaluate and correct. I go through my manuscript looking at one specific thing at a time. For example, I’ll go through my manuscript making sure my different POVs are consistent in voice, or I’ll go looking for specific overused words, etc. Once I’ve been through my list of “must-dos,” then I’ll give it a line edit. When I have the stamina, I’ll read sections aloud to myself. If not, I run it through a text-to-speech software.
4. How long (week wise) do you edit for?
I have never tallied the time. I just do it until I get it done.
Jessica Bell: is a thirty-something Australian-native contemporary fiction author, poet and singer/songwriter/ guitarist, is the Publishing Editor of Vine Leaves Literary Journal and the director of the Homeric Writers’ Retreat & Workshop on the Greek island of Ithaca. She makes a living as a writer/editor for English Language Teaching Publishers worldwide, such as Pearson Education, HarperCollins, MacMillan Education, Education First and Cengage Learning.
Check out her newest book on the writing process titled: Polish Your Fiction
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