I’m an author who happens to freelance as a copy editor for one major NYC publishing house. So I deal with spelling, sentence structure, adverb placement, noun-verb agreement and other basic grammar rules plus some not-so-basic as set forth in the Chicago Manual of Style. Webster’s and I have become great friends as well.
So what I do and what Margie Lawson does are TOTALLY different. Think of her like the Big Editor at the Big Publishing House you are trying to impress with your writing. Now multiply that by twenty-five. To the nth power. I know. It’s the how-do-I-eat-the-world’s-toughest-mammoth problem. One bite at a time. Trust me. After you finish reading her over three-hundred pages of notes from this one class, your pulse rate should return to normal.
You can find her Class Notes on her website at www.MargieLawson.com. I purchased the first one for $22 and even before I finished her Deep EDITS class, I bought the notes to two other classes. She’s amazing. I recommend every author take her classes or buy her notes. Your work product will soar afterward.
While I’m sending out my thanks and kudos to her, I may as well mention a few other people I have never met who have helped hone my writing career.
David Farland. Go to www.davidfarland.net/ and sign up for his Daily Kick in the Pants newsletter. (Check out his author community while you are there.) Although with his time constraints and writing schedule amped up even more, his Daily Kick is more of a weekly publication at the moment. Still he gives wonderful detailed advice to authors. I’ve been following him for years and feel like I’ve been taking a free writing class from him. Which I have.
Randy Ingermanson at www.advancedfictionwriting.com/ezine/. Sign up for his monthly newsletter. You will not be deluged with email from him. He has great content (and humor) in his e-zine and I’m a fan of his Snowflake software, too. Check out his website and his blog and other features. He has this hilarious recurring short-short series about his plumber Bob, if memory serves. Find it. Read it. Laugh out loud. Several times.
I have also been blessed to take online courses from Laurie Schnebly-Campbell (see her Enneagrams book at www.amazon.com/Believable-Characters-Creating-Enneagrams-ebook/dp/B0040GJHU4 for Kindle and www.amazon.com/Believable-Characters-Enneagrams-Laurie-Schnebly/dp/0930831039 for print). Plus Carol Hughes’s DEEP Story class is marvelous.
Authors are a fantastic group of folks—giving of their time and advice. Mentoring newbies. Uplifting. Encouraging. Exhorting. These wordsmiths personify core values that enhance our lives and our careers. I am proud to be among them.