I Don’t Need a Copy Editor – Or Do I? with Flo Selfman

$30.00

July 22, 2021
11 am Pacific

Consider this: you’ve finished your book, given the manuscript to a designer, only to discovered spelling and punctuation errors. Or you’re ready to self-publish, got the thumbs up from your writing group when one of them points out several errors in spelling, punctuation, and facts. What now? That’s where a copy editor comes in. You wouldn’t go to a fancy party with buttons missing, your skirt wrinkled, and loose threads hanging, would you? A good copy editor knows how to “sweat the small stuff” and get your manuscript as near perfect as possible

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Consider this: you’ve finished your book, given the manuscript to a designer, only to discovered spelling and punctuation errors. Or you’re ready to self-publish, got the thumbs up from your writing group when one of them points out several errors in spelling, punctuation, and facts. What now?

That’s where a copy editor comes in. You wouldn’t go to a fancy party with buttons missing, your skirt wrinkled, and loose threads hanging, would you? A good copy editor knows how to “sweat the small stuff” and get your manuscript as near perfect as possible.

They look for what you’d expect – spelling, grammar, and punctuation. But also, there are usage, voice, consistency, accuracy, and more. Some examples are:

  • A functional awareness of other languages
  • Having a broad frame of reference allows them to spot an error like “free reign” (should be “free rein” – letting a horse run without the rider controlling the reins);
  • “Tow the line” (should be “toe the line” – standing behind an imaginary line,or adhering to the rules)
  • “Skaparelli” (should be the fashion designer “Schiaparelli”)
  • Knowing the difference between “chicken á la King” and “Chicken à la King”
  • Knowing which reference sources to rely on.

In this webinar, you’ll learn:

  • The different kinds of editing
  • The difference between a copy editor and a proofreader
  • When you should consider hiring a copy editor
  • What you can do to save your copy editor’s time and your money
  • How to know they’re doing a good job
  • What it will cost
  • Why grammar and punctuation matter
  • Ten common grammar and punctuation errors

Bio

FLO SELFMAN, is a veteran public relations and marketing consultant who has created and implemented PR campaigns for celebrities, authors, and events. She received the IRWIN Award for “Best News Tie-In Campaign” and her press kits have won awards. She is a copyeditor/proofreader for many award-winning books in all genres. She conducts lively on-site grammar and punctuation review workshops for adults – and can spot a typo at twenty paces! An Ohio native, Flo has a B.A. in Psychology from UCLA, a California Secondary Teaching Credential, and the Instructor Development Certificate from UCLA Extension. She served as IWOSC president, pro bono, 2003-2016. See wordsalamode.com