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Tuesday, March 25, 2008

Is it Writing, Editing or Ghostwriting

Sallie Goetsch refers to herself as an "author-izer and collabowriter". She makes an interesting use of a blog as a repository for free articles on writing at Author-ized Articles. I was especially interested in There's More Than One Way to Write a Book, detailing the fuzzy lines among writing, editing and ghostwriting. This is the very concept I'm trying to get across in my newly revamped page on Editing Services.

In the years that I've been editing, I've learned that each job is unique, every writer's needs are different and each piece of writing has a different set of problems or missing parts. In notifying me that my services are now in the "Recommended" status on Preditors & Editors, The Editor, Mr. Kuzminski, said that:

... your site is impressive in what it mentions or describes concerning your services. A lot of writers don't understand the full scope of what editing covers or can cover. Admittedly, it's only a brief description, but it's enough to make the author aware of what will be provided. That's good.

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Blogger Sallie Goetsch said...

It's particularly difficult to make a distinction between developmental editing and ghostwriting. In most cases, my clients don't care what I call it; they just want a publishable book. But for those who want a breakdown of the different kinds of editing jobs, there's a handy list on the Bay Area Editors' Forum site.

4:05 PM  
Blogger Georganna Hancock said...

Thank you, Sallie, for that link to http://www.editorsforum.org/what_do_sub_pages/definitions.php -- in the past I've referred people to a similar one on the website of the local branch of a major editors' network, but I think the one you provided is even more comprehensive. On the other hand, readers should not let the distinctions confuse them. You don't have to use a particular term, just make sure to clarify what you want and/or what the service provider will do.

8:29 AM  

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