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Spotlight on Editing for Science, Nature, Environment, and Animal Advocacy Books Book planning, book proposal development, manuscript critique, developmental editing, line editing, and fact-checking with bestselling author Jonathan Balcombe

Neil deGrasse Tyson once said: “Science literacy is the artery through which the solutions of tomorrow’s problems flow.” If you’re a nonfiction author who’s serious about educating readers and improving public literacy with anything related to science, the environment, or the natural world and its inhabitants, then we’re glad you’re here. The Editorial Department has an experienced science editor on staff to help you craft a fine work of writing and dramatically improve your odds of successful publication.  […]

By |2020-06-20T18:46:52+00:00|General, JB, The Editorial Process|Comments Off on Spotlight on Editing for Science, Nature, Environment, and Animal Advocacy Books Book planning, book proposal development, manuscript critique, developmental editing, line editing, and fact-checking with bestselling author Jonathan Balcombe

Jonathan Balcombe on Writing, Editing, and Getting Published A bestselling nonfiction author shares his approach to editing and mentoring others

by Jonathan Balcombe

My career as a biology student, animal advocate, editor and author has required me to write at every stage: essays, lab reports, a thesis and a dissertation, peer-reviewed journal articles, testimonies, correspondence, course syllabi and lectures, even a film script. Most recently, as an author of popular science books, I have faced the challenges of writing lengthy works that seek to engage and enlighten with a narrative arc that combines science with story telling.

Writing […]

By |2020-06-20T16:50:07+00:00|JB, TED Editor Posts, The Editor’s Craft, The Editorial Process|Comments Off on Jonathan Balcombe on Writing, Editing, and Getting Published A bestselling nonfiction author shares his approach to editing and mentoring others

The Best Books on Writing Ever! Picks from our editors and staff

There are tons of books on this subject out there, ranging from “meh!” to “wow.” Because you’re our peeps and we don’t want you to waste your time with the former, our staff has put together a shortlist of the latter. We’ve included links to make it easier for you to find these awesome resources, along with the staff member’s take on what’s most useful, informative, or inspiring about them, so you can go straight to the good stuff.

And the best […]

By |2020-06-19T21:13:35+00:00|Book Reviews and Analysis, The Writer’s Craft|Comments Off on The Best Books on Writing Ever! Picks from our editors and staff

Spotlight on Developmental Editing An overview of why it’s needed, how it works, and what to expect from the process

When many people think of editing, they think of arcane symbols and scribbled margin notes in red or blue pencil – move this paragraph, delete these words, add a hyphen, correct that spelling, capitalize this letter. And while that is an important part of editing, it’s only one part, and it comes last.  So let’s talk about what comes first: developmental editing.

If you’re like many of us in the writing world, you wrote the first draft of your manuscript and then revised […]

By |2019-07-19T16:26:57+00:00|The Editor’s Craft, The Editorial Process|Comments Off on Spotlight on Developmental Editing An overview of why it’s needed, how it works, and what to expect from the process

Miss Manners for Authors, Part 3 Reviews, good and bad

So what about reviews? If you get a good one—from a stranger, not your mom—it’s cause for major celebration: dancing around the room, busting out the champagne, wildly bursting into a song from The Sound of Music. But if you get a bad one, well, nothing can ruin your day faster. Now that your baby, aka your “book,” is out in the world and earning its keep, how do you deal with the emotional highs and lows of audience reaction?

By |2019-06-17T16:51:07+00:00|Miscellaneous|Comments Off on Miss Manners for Authors, Part 3 Reviews, good and bad

POV Part II: The Third Eye A crash course in the “most complex element” of storytelling

In Janet Burroway’s book, Writing Fiction: A Guide to Narrative Craft, she describes point of view as the most complex element of fiction. This is because establishing point of view involves  tending to a complicated relationship between reader, author, and characters. Establishing a point of view and maintaining its consistency can be difficult even for authors who’ve been at it for a long time.

When authors who are just starting out shift points […]

By |2019-06-19T20:21:43+00:00|The Writer’s Craft|Comments Off on POV Part II: The Third Eye A crash course in the “most complex element” of storytelling