Ep236: A Crash Course in Editing Part I

Ep236: A Crash Course in Editing Part I

Show Notes

Vicky, Joe, and Vicky’s giant jumper are back to talk about wonderful books, waterproof houses, and how the hell you edit your book. Yep: the last thing you want to do immediately after writing 50,000+ words is read the damn thing… so how do you start editing? Vicky has the answers and you’ll like her approach. It involves not reading your book word-by-word (yet). Tune in – and get in touch if you have any questions!

Key Points

  • [4:50] The dingle finally has walls! 
  • [8:10] There are four stages to editing. 
  • [9:25] Before you read everything line by line you want to take a big picture perspective and see if the whole book works first.
  • [11:35] Take a look at the chapter order. Does it work? Is the purpose of the book being fulfilled by the end of it?
  • [13:55] Print out your first draft. It’s important to feel it and see it physically.
  • [18:20] Once you’ve done the big picture overview, the next step is to include beta readers!
  • [20:00] Make sure you communicate with your beta readers on what you’re looking for.Mentioned in This Episode:


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Listen to Episode 172 & 173 about beta readers

The Bus Driver Who Wanted To Be God & Other Stories, by Etgar Keret 

The Last Continent, by Terry Pratchett

Don’t Touch My Hair, by Emma Dabiri

Some Kids I Taught and What They Taught Me, by Kate Clanchy

Read Books All Day and Get Paid For It, by Jennie Nash

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Vicky Fraser is the founder of Moxie Books and author of How The Hell Do You Write A Book and Business For Superheroes. She helps business owners write life-changing books, connect with readers and new customers, and grow their businesses. When she’s not doing that, she’s hanging from a trapeze by her feet.