We all write better when we work together. Find people to support you in your writing journey so you don’t go crazy. – Chantel Hamilton
Chantel is a writer and editor for creative entrepreneurs. Her superpower is helping authors and business owners be braver writers. Her current and past clients include Jeff Goins, Pat Flynn, Jason Zook, and Pamela Wilson, along with countless other brilliant entrepreneurs and writers who have a big message to share and the perspective to know it’s a disservice to their craft to go it alone. She also publishes an every-Sunday newsletter, 10 Things for Writers This Week, that curates the newest and best online resources (and reading) for writers.
In this interview Chantel talks about loving books and helping them get made and how good editors are a gift to all writers because they can walk the messy path of writing with you and give you some perspective outside of yourself.
We also discuss the four different kinds of editors that you can leverage to help you during various stages of the writing process and how the culture of content creation right has turned everyone into communicators in ways we’ve never seen before.
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Topics We Explored
- The perception that self-publishing makes you feel like you should be able to do it all yourself.
- The struggle when you’re trying to make the rest of your writing rise up to meet the one perfect line.
- Being too close to your work to be able to edit it yourself.
- Developmental editing vs substantive editing vs copy editing vs proofreading
- The struggle for those of us who are not “morning people.”
- The culture of content creation right now and how it’s turned everyone into communicators in a way we’ve never seen before.
- We all work better when we work together.
- Find people to support you in your writing journey so you don’t go crazy.
- Think of your editors as your first readers.
- Looking for a great editor? As someone who’s written a great book who their editor(s) were.
- There are four types of editors you can work with. There’s development editing, which is the first step to creating a book. Substantive editing, which is where . Copy editing, where your book is examined, line-by-line, for grammar, syntax, and spelling errors. And finally, there’s proofreading, which is meant to find any before it goes to publish.
- When you’ve run out of writing energy, edit and when you’ve run out of editing energy, write. When you are depleted in one, turn to the other to refill the tank.
- Working everyday toward writing without editing because we can’t edit our own work as well as someone else can.
- Your role is to get words on paper. It’s the editors role to make sure you communicate as concisely and compellingly as possible.
- Good editors walk the messy path with you and show you some perspective outside of yourself that you can’t have alone.
- It takes courage to bring editor’s into your writing process because writing puts you in a vulnerable place, but to invite someone into that process is a gift you can give to yourself.
Resources and Books Mentioned
- Chantel’s awesome weekly newsletter for creative entrepreneurs who want to “write more better.”
- Zero to Book Podcast: The 4 Circles of Book Editing Hell (and How to Get Through Them)