Editing Tips Part 4: Developmental Editing

When it comes to editing a manuscript, what most people readily think of are the classic red marks that correct grammar or typos: copy editing. And while copy editing is crucial, before you reach that stage, there’s another phase of editing: developmental editing. In our previous two posts in our editing series, we’ve shared someContinue reading “Editing Tips Part 4: Developmental Editing”

Healing Through Fiction

As a survivor who is healing while writing, I’ve realized that there is a unique form of healing that comes through my writing itself. While I certainly benefit from therapy and reading self-help books on topics that personally impact me, self-help books have their limits, and no volume will ever be a one-size-fits-all approach. ForContinue reading “Healing Through Fiction”

Editing Tips Part 3: The Hero’s Journey

For many writers, when trying to assess if their story “works” yet or is ready for the next stage of editing, they find themselves in a balancing act of developmental editing. On one side, there’s the plot’s progression; on the other, there’s the development and journey of one’s main character. While you can use Freytag’sContinue reading “Editing Tips Part 3: The Hero’s Journey”

Resilient: Letter From a Reader

As one of Katherine Turner’s editors, I’m honored to be among the very first to read each of her books. This privilege began in November of 2019, when she contacted me to proofread her debut novel, Finding Annie. I’ve often thought how amazing it is that I’ve been alongside Katherine since the very beginning ofContinue reading “Resilient: Letter From a Reader”

Editing Tips Part 2: Story Structure

As many writers often encounter, there are numerous schools of thought when it comes to the drafting process. Fellow writers have opinions about whether or not you should edit as you write, if you should plot your story in its entirety before you write a single word or simply start writing and let the charactersContinue reading “Editing Tips Part 2: Story Structure”

Don’t Judge an Author by Their Origin

As an editor who works primarily with indie authors—and as an author whose book was produced through an independent publisher—I’ve had many conversations about the stigmas our group faces. Stigmas like whether or not we’re “real” authors and if we really published a book if it doesn’t have a well-known label on the spine. TheContinue reading “Don’t Judge an Author by Their Origin”

Pride & Resilience

Instead of becoming easier, it seems society is regressing, and many are finding it more difficult than it once was to be and speak about their authentic selves. Rather than remaining quiet, however, they are finding creative alternative ways of making sure their stories and their messages are reaching the people who need them theContinue reading “Pride & Resilience”

Editing Tips Part 1: Top Five

You’ve finished writing, and now it’s time to start editing. Most likely, you’ll work with a professional editor further along in the process, but for now, self-edits are the next step. Where is the best place to start? Josha’s editors have come together once again to provide you with a few tips to make theContinue reading “Editing Tips Part 1: Top Five”

Book Bridges: An Editor’s Role

You’ve finished your manuscript, and now it’s time to find an editor. You know your book needs a professional edit, and you want to know what that process will entail. Will your editor understand your story as you’ve intended to write it? How will an editor help you revise your manuscript? And what can youContinue reading “Book Bridges: An Editor’s Role”

Voicing Our Resilience

Sigmund Freud said that much of what we do in our adult lives can be traced back to our mothers. After all, they’re the ones who give birth to us, and typically the ones who raise us and nurture us. Traditionally, they’re the ones we run to when we’re in trouble, or hurt, or scared,Continue reading “Voicing Our Resilience”

Meet the Author: Olivia Castetter

Olivia Castetter is the author of the Too Much memoir collection, as well as various other fiction and nonfiction pieces. In addition to writing and editing literary works that focus on trauma, abuse, and life as a survivor, she advocates for policy changes for sexual abuse survivors. Drawing on her experience as a survivor ofContinue reading “Meet the Author: Olivia Castetter”