Episode 237: A Crash Course in Editing Part II

Episode 237: A Crash Course in Editing Part II

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.