As self-publishing becomes increasingly common, freelancers often find themselves working directly with authors, without the publisher’s oversight. This arrangement can be rewarding—for some, the most satisfying work of all—but it can also be challenging.
Editcetera director Barbara Fuller begins this webinar with a survey of common issues of concern to editors working directly with authors. What are the differences between working for a publisher and working directly with an author? What questions asked early on can lead to a productive experience? And how can editor and author best work together as a team? Discussion throughout the program focuses on maximizing success in the collaborative process between editor and author.
For part of the second meeting, workshop participants discuss specific scenarios and develop strategies to work well with authors. If you have had a difficult situation with an author and would like to discuss it, you may submit details between sessions (without sharing specific author names or titles). Present your situation anonymously for discussion if you choose, or help brainstorm ideas even if you don’t have a personal experience to share.
Barbara Fuller has worked in publishing since 1985. As director of Editcetera, she has helped connect freelance publishing professionals with hundreds of clients. Her personal clients have included the Administrative Office of the Courts, Computer Literacy Press, Encyclopaedia Britannica, HarperSanFrancisco, Jossey-Bass Publishers, Sierra Club Books, Sierra magazine, Ten Speed Press, and many independent authors, from professors to novelists. She has taught writing and editing for UC Davis, UC Berkeley Extension, and private businesses, as well as for Editcetera. She is the author of How to Start a Home-Based Editorial Services Business (Globe Pequot Press, 2013).