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Where the WORD is IT :: Editorial/Writing Assistance offered by author, editor, educator Shōn Bacon

CLG Is Interviewed! March 14, 2009

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Jessica Ferguson, author and president of the Bayou Writers’ Group in Lake Charles, Louisiana, interviews me on her blog Praise, Prayers and Observations as part of her “Louisiana Saturday Night” series!

In the interview, I talk about editing, writing, coaching, critique groups, branding, and MORE.

Check it out – [link] – LEAVE COMMENTS!


Learn More about Me, the Editor February 18, 2009

The uber-popular Blood-Red Pencil [link] – where I’m a contributing blogger – is doing a MEET THE EDITOR segment, and yours truly is being spotlighted today!  Come see what I have to say about why I love editing.

{The Blood-Red Pencil}


Branding, Editing, Writing, & ME @ BlogTalkRadio Today! December 28, 2008

Tale It Like It Is

Today, the radio show Tale It Like It Is [link] will have yet ANOTHER one-hour special on author branding/writing with me and author and TILII host Samara King.

Time:  4:30 CST


On tap for convo:  discussion on using social networking sites to promote your writing and setting writing goals.  If you have ANY questions about writing or editing, come and bring them with you!  We’re all about camaraderie and sharing of information.

If you can’t make it, that’s OK.  I will post up the program on my LISTEN tab @!


Tips to Editing a Screenplay December 10, 2008

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Head over to The Blood-Red Pencil and check out my latest article, “Tips to Editing a Screenplay” [LINK]. The Blood-Red Pencil is a great blog where editors come and discuss pretty much everything regarding writing. While you’re checking out my article (and leaving a comment – LOL), bookmark the blog and consider following it!


What is your EDITING PHILOSOPHY? November 21, 2008

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I was going to initially titled this, “What type of editing do you do?”

But then I realized that I wasn’t looking for answers like substantive editing or copy editing or proofreading.

I wanted to know about your belief system in regards to editing.  What do you hope to PROVIDE to the client, essentially.

A few days ago, I began to think about this.  This year, I have edited SO many manuscripts, and I began to wonder, “Why did these people pick ME to trust with their baby?”  Many of them came by recommendation, so somewhere out there, there are satisfied customers that think enough about what I do to recommend my talents to other writers.

So, I’ll ask myself, “What is my editing philosophy?”

My short answer:  To help writers become better at the craft of writing.

My longer answer:  Yes, I want clients to be happy with the results of my edits.  I want them to see that I cared about grammar and mechanics. That I cared about rhythm and pacing.  That I cared about character development.  That I cared about the overall story development.  I want them to feel as if their baby – which they just delivered – was made shiny and beautiful.  The same baby they birthed – but clean.

However, when I edit, I do try to teach, too.  I explain why I make the changes I do.  Sometimes, I direct writers to books to help hone their skills.

I liken how I edit to how I teach.  If a student’s essay is riddled with fragments, I don’t say, “You have fragments” and immediately fix them.  I sit and discuss what fragments are, I explain how to fix them, and then I ask the student to tell me how he/she would fix the error.  This is how they learn to become better writers of academic essays.

In editing, I do the changes – after all, that’s what I’m paid to do; however, I also explain how I fixed the issues and why so that at the end of an editing experience, a writer might say, “Thank you for making my book better and making me a better writer.  I know my next work will be better than this one because you helped me understand the craft of writing.”

So, what is YOUR editing philosophy?


Check Me Out @ Author Terra Little’s Blog! May 31, 2008

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Today, CHICKLITGURRL stops by author Terra Little’s blog to talk about HOW TO MAKE YOUR EDITOR HAPPY.

In the article, I talk about little things that writers can do to their manuscript to “help” alleviate stress on the editor when it’s his or her time to make the manuscript SHINE!

Do you have problems with punctuation, tag lines, points of view, capitalization, showing vs. telling, camping vs. marching, active vs. passive voice, and pitching your story? If so, come read what I have to say and add YOUR two cents!

Here’s the link: (LINK)

See you there!