Denis Ledoux of Soleil Lifestory Network talks to editors, would-be-editors and writers who wish to improve their editing skills.
Denis Ledoux's The Editor's Manual is a detailed handbook on how to become an effective, successful editor. The book includes everything you need to know to develop your editing skills, set up an office, organize and promote your business and maintain satisfied customers.
Author Ledoux says, "The best way to become a great editor is to become a great writer," and he gives some sound suggestions on how to do both.
The book reminds you that grammar and punctuation rules are constantly changing and to be a good editor you must keep up with the changes and recognize when to remain with traditional forms and when to use a more modern style.
The author brings years of experience and expertise and offers valuable advice not to be found elsewhere, such as how to avoid costly mistakes by making certain you and your client agree on what kind of editing is needed. He tells the editor, "Your job is not to write the book you would have written were it yours." And he warns you not to care more about a manuscript than the author does. He feels it is often better to suggest a change and let the author approve of it or make it themselves.
I would recommend The Editor's Manual to editors, would-be-editors and writers who could improve their work by perfecting their editing skills.