Writer, Editor, Helper
Writers can’t control the needs, mood, or preferences of agents or editors. But we can control the style, grammar, and formatting of our submitted manuscripts. We can control how we work with an agent or editor. And we can control our expectations and knowledge of the publishing process.
Let me help with that!
My free Writer, Editor, Helper email newsletter, beginning in 2023, will be of special interest to aspiring and experienced writers who crave support through the writing and publishing process, whether traditional or indie, from preparing work for submission to checking a proofreader’s scratches. As always, I’m ready to break the rules and throw away the stylebook when it serves the reader.
I’ll share epiphanies and pain as I begin moving through the steps of self-publishing myself. I’ll make mistakes so you don’t have to! I’m already learning a lot.
My newsletters will include
- Helpful, hopeful news
- Self-editing tips from a pro copyeditor
- Opportunities to announce your new books
- Answers to your questions about writing and publishing
- Fun, random stuff
- Things I learn as I begin self-publishing
- Tips for writers
- Maybe we can even do some YouTube Q&As (if I figure it out)
How I know stuff
As the author of fiction and nonfiction books for children and adults, a one-time children’s book editor, and a long-time manuscript editor, I have an insider’s knowledge of book publishing from both the writer’s and the editor’s side of the desk. I’ve made plenty of mistakes, but I’ve had successes too. Over the course of my editing and writing career, I’ve read thousands (yep!) of queries and drafts by writers of everything from picture books to scholarly monographs. I am intimately aware of the ways they go wrong.
Since 2010 I’ve been researching and blogging advice for writers and copyeditors nonstop. As a contributing editor and blogger for The Chicago Manual of Style, I understand how fiction writers can make the best use of this authoritative reference book to negotiate effectively with the agents, editors, and copyeditors who handle their work.
My own book The Subversive Copy Editor is all about win-win strategies for editors and writers. Publishers Weekly says, “Saller writes with wisdom and a great generosity of spirit. . . . An ideal complement to any style guide: practical, relentlessly supportive and full of ed-head laughs.”
“An insider’s book to cure writers . . . while shoring up editors. . . . Good advice.” — New York Times
“Carol Fisher Saller is the mentor that every copyeditor dreams of.” — Amy Einsohn, The Copyeditor’s Handbook
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