On Wednesday 15th March I attended Ian Howe's seminar on editing. He explained the difference between the roles of editor, copy-editor and proofreader (Figure 2), although with self-publishing now the differences are more and more blurred.
With tests like Spot the Typo, To change or not to change? Is that what you really mean? and Contest is key, Howe touched on the intricacies of grammar, punctuation (Figure 3) and spelling (Figure 4).
I truly enjoyed this seminar, Get Over Yourself: There's no such a thing as 'the reader'. James Spackman (Publisher and Consultant) and Katie Roden (Publishing, marketing and content strategist) showed us the results of a research on the general public's relationship with books. There are three clichés that we must forget about:
The solution for editors and publishers is to get out of the office and observe people in bookshops and supermarkets and approach them. Playing videogames will help as well because that's what books are up against!
In the evening I went to The Albion Pub in Hammersmith Rd. As a member of the Self Publishing Formula Community founded by author Mark Dawson I had been invited to join a party thrown there by The Alliance for Independent Authors. Although I am traditionally published, this community is helping me a lot on the marketing front.
Before joining the party (I had forgotten we were ALLI's guests), I looked for Mark everywhere. I asked a barmaid but all she could tell me was about the ALLI's private party. However, a gentleman, Terence Mitford, heard my question and told me he was there for the same reason.
We started to talk about our projects and the editor of What's Hot London, Eddie Saint-Jean, joined in. He offered to write a review of my book (which he will receive in paperback after publication).
Imagine my surprise and excitment when last Tuesday I read this post:
After Eddie left, we decided to check out that ALLI party and of course Mark Dawson was there! It was a real pleasure to meet him and exchange a few words.
I also had the chance to meet writer Adrienne Lecter and podcaster Tim Lewis, who, along with Terence Mitford, are going to be my co-hosts at my Facebook Book Release Party. See you there!