For the past month or so (there was a short break in the middle), I've been editing a memoir. (It's part of what inspired me to discuss genres a couple of weeks ago in my post "Writing 101: Details - and Facts - Matter.")
It's an interesting blend of fact and sort-of fa...
It seems somehow topical, as the current election season wears on, that we take some time to discuss the art of argument. Or possibly even to simply debate the meaning of discussion. (I could go on, but I'll stop before I have use up the entire thesaurus.)
When you finish your manuscript, because you've been working so closely on it for so long, you've probably become kind of blind to the errors that still exist in it. You know, like when your beard has started to grow in gray, but you don't really see it.
Before I start any editing project, I like to find out from the author who the target audience is. It seems like a very simple set of questions: Who will be reading this? What do you know about your readers?
In short, the question is “Who is your book’s audience?”
Last month, we talked about two aspects of editing. There was the article in the middle of the month asking about whether you want someone just like you doing your editing, and there was another at the end of the month talking about what kind of editor you need at any...