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079: Aubrey Kosa Breaks Down the Editing Process Step-by-Step

Aubrey Kosa graduated from Christopher Newport University with a Bachelor of Arts in English Writing and a double minor in Leadership Studies and Psychology. She has worked in a number of industries, including publishing, pharmaceutical marketing, barn management, payroll customer service, and proposal writing for government contractors.

Aubrey has developed a passion for storytelling: helping others communicate clearly. In pursuit of that passion, she has provided freelance editing services for nonfiction authors since 2016. Her goal is to help authors create a polished final manuscript and navigate the publishing process so they can spend less time on the details and more time focusing on their big-picture message.

In this episode, we discuss:

  • What it was like for her to edit for a New York publishing house.
  • The difference between an editor and a proofreader?
  • When does the editor get involved and when does the proofreader get involved?
  • Various types of editing—from general editing to line editing to structural editing to developmental editing.
  • What is Chicago Style and why should authors become familiar with it?
  • The roles of an editor and the typical editing process.
  • What does an author need to look for when hiring an editor?
  • Editor red flags when looking to hire an editor.
  • Does an author have to accept an editor’s changes? When should they accept them without question and when should they object to a change?
  • Why might a publisher require you to hire your own editor?
  • Where can authors find editors?
  • What should an author expect to pay for editing and is it different for fiction and nonfiction?
  • Pursue editing professionally if you’re interested in becoming an editor.

 

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