Nathan Bransford, author of the Jacob Wonderbar novels and social media manager at CNET, shares 10 tips on editing someone’s work. Here’s an excerpt of the 10 “commandments.” Click on the link below for the full article.
1. Remember that it’s not your book.
2. Find out what the author is looking for before you start editing.
3. You’re not doing anyone favors by being too nice.
4. You’re not doing anyone favors by being a jerk either.
5. Pointing out problem areas is far more helpful than offering solutions.
6. Try to figure out why something isn’t working for you – There will be times where something about a scene just doesn’t seem right.
7. Just make it work – It’s about making it a good story, not about writing a paper on it.
8. Don’t overdo it.
9. Remember that personal taste is personal.
10. Be Positive – Your job as an editor is not to crush someone’s spirit, even if you think their manuscript sucks.