Self-Editing Advice: Beth Hill’s How to Edit a Book Video

A couple weeks back I recommended that you check out Beth Hill over at The Editor’s Blog. It turns out she made a video a few years ago on how to edit a book, so I figured I’d share it with you all today. Self-editing is an important skill to learn (albeit not always an easy one), and the advice she gives is good practice. It will save you a lot of time and money when it comes to hiring an editor for your novel down the road. Keep in mind, however, that being a good self-editor does not mean you shouldn’t have someone else read and critique your work. It’s simply one more step on the road to publication. Use it to your advantage.

You can view the video below:


What do you think about self-editing?

TSM’s Weekly Recommendation: The Editor’s Blog

TSM Recommends: Podcasts for WritersIt’s Saturday, folks. (TGIS?) And you know what that means? It’s weekly recommendation time!

Admittedly, this week I have read nothing but articles pertaining to stylistics (and we’re talking articles from the 60s and 70s here), so unless you want to learn about the poetic function and a bunch of linguistic babble, then I suppose I’d better redirect you to my other weekly indulgence: The Editor’s Blog.

Many of you enjoy my editing posts, but Beth Hill’s compilation of articles is absolutely amazing. Whether I’m reading her posts or her responses to readers, I’m always learning something new. She covers a range of topics from dialogue tags to punctuation to style to scenes. Basically, she talks about everything. And if you have a specific question to ask, she’ll probably answer it. Free editing advice? Sign me up.

Warning: if you go, you may not come back. Case in point: I just spent two and a half hours with my “morning” coffee at her blog.


Have anything to recommend? We’d love to hear about it in the comments!