CANCELED: Authors and Editors: Butting Heads or Holding Hands?

bookeditingMonday 22 May 2017, 6pm-7pm: Join us as we explore the various levels of editing that contribute to a professional-caliber book. We’ll scan the spectrum, ranging from work that can help clarify the author’s thinking early in the creation stage (developmental editing), through important stylistic and mechanical work that helps establish consistency (copyediting), and then the final polishing pass to ensure quality (proofreading). We’ll also look at the dynamic between authors and editors (hint: drama is 110% optional!).

Join us for a quick look at the various types of editing involved in creating a professionally produced book. We’ll scan the spectrum, from contributions that can help clarify the author’s thinking in the creation stage (developmental editing), through the important stylistic and mechanical work that helps establish consistency (line editing and copyediting), and then the final polishing pass to ensure quality (proofreading).

Curious about the human interest aspect? You’re in luck, because we’re also going to explore the dynamic between authors and editors. Get ready to have myths about drama and conflict debunked (as well as the stereotype of the editor as a humorless grammarian brandishing a red pen). We’ll also peek at a few partnerships between editors and their high-profile authors.

And we’ll end on a high note by sharing some funny editing bloopers—and tips that writers can use to avoid making these same mistakes in their own work.

Presented by Laurie Gibson, the local editor who has served countless authors of both fiction and nonfiction throughout the region during the past two decades. She is seeking new authors to work with, in addition to her current clients (e.g., Stanford University and Patagonia Books). Laurie also taught editing for the Extension programs at UCSD and UCLA.

Cost: $10

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