Series Secrets: How to Edit Sequels and Companion Books

Presenter: Emily Stewart

Presenter: Emily Stewart
Date: Wednesdays, April 5 and 12, 2023
Time: 1 p.m. ET / 10 a.m. PT
Length: 1 hour each
Language: English
Level: Introductory
Type: Informational
Member price: $84
Non-member price: $140

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Book series can be lucrative endeavours for indie authors and publishers alike, but they also come with their own challenges. In this two-part webinar, you will learn about how editing a series differs from editing an individual book.

The first session will identify different kinds of series and the steps you should take to conduct developmental edits on a book in a series. You’ll learn the questions you should ask before taking on a series, sequel, or companion novel; common pitfalls and how to avoid them; and tips for managing author expectations and emotions.

The second session will address line editing sequels, prequels, and companion books. You’ll learn tips for keeping a series consistent, how to maintain a series style sheet—and what to do if you’re not given one—and when it’s okay to switch things up.

Emily Stewart followed a love of reading into two different publishing programs. After a brief foray into television, she began freelancing and started Shelf Potential, which offers editing and creative services to indie authors and publishers. She is reviews editor for Arc Poetry Magazine and is also known to dabble in illustration and other arts and crafts.