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    • Publication date:17 May 2018

On Editing

How to edit your novel the professional way

By Helen Corner-Bryant and Kathryn Price

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Understand and apply the principles of editing and re-writing with this comprehensive, practical handbook for writers who wish to perfect their prose and prepare for publication.

"Highly recommended: On Editing is indispensable reading for anyone who is or wants to be a writer. Every desk should have a copy!"
- Dr Samantha J. Rayner, Director of the Centre for Publishing, UCL

"On Editing is a feast with many courses. When you have finished this book, you will feel encouraged, empowered, and indomitable. If you are writing-or editing-a novel, you could do no better than to have this book by your side. Comprehensive, easily digestible, it is a classic in the making."
- Shaye Areheart, Director of the Columbia Publishing Course


Writing a novel is a magical but often difficult journey; and when your first draft is complete, that journey's not over. As the editing process gets underway, authors often find themselves in unfamiliar territory. What does it mean to 'map your plot'? How do you know if you're 'head-hopping'? When is your novel ready to send out to agents, and how do you make each submission count?

Written by the team behind one of the world's most successful literary consultancies, On Editing will show you how to master the self-edit. You will learn to compose, draft, and edit while sharpening your writing and ensuring that your novel is structurally sound, authentic, well-written, and ready for submission.

On Editing will help you harness your creative potential, transform the way you think about your writing, and revolutionise your editorial process.

"It's easy for writers to be overwhelmed by the technicalities of writing, editing and getting published, but Helen Corner-Bryant and Kathryn Price share their decades of experience nurturing writers in On Editing. They know all the problems and how to fix them - including many you might not even think of - and explain it all in a clean, jargon-free, way that demystifies the whole process, with infectious enthusiasm that will have you ready, eager and bursting with the confidence to take your writing to the next level."
- Writing Magazine

Biographical Notes

Helen Corner-Bryant (Author)
Helen Corner-Bryant is the founder of Cornerstones Literary Consultancy, an organization which offers a bespoke service of help and advice to novelists and writers, whether they're just getting started or already published. Helen launched the business after leaving Penguin in 1998 and has developed it into the UK's leading literary consultancy. She is passionate about writing, editing, and launching new authors, and particularly focused on the essential but mysterious art of self editing. Helen and her team of over 80 UK and US editorial consultants use their working knowledge of the global book market to show what is and isn't working in your manuscript, and how to fix it and fulfill the promise of your big idea, preparing for submission to agents and publishers and --eventually--publication.

Kathryn Price (Author)
Kathryn Price joined Cornerstones as Managing Editor in 2005, going on to become co-partner. Prior to this she worked in literary agencies and a bookshop specialising in crime fiction, where she honed her passion for helping developing writers - and a taste for out-of-the-ordinary stories. She loves the craft of editing, and the process of taking an unpolished idea and helping the author turn it into a sparkling gem. She now works closely with authors at all stages of the writing process in her role as Cornerstones editor-in-chief.

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