The Editing Process

Finishing the first draft of a novel is an amazing accomplishment. If you’ve done that, then you’ve done something that most people will never have the discipline or drive to do. But you can’t sit back and relax too long because the real work begins when your draft is complete.

Between the two of them, Zach and J. have published dozens of books. They’ve gone through the process of self-editing and working with professional editors with every project. Listen as they take a deep dive into their individual processes, collaborative process, and working with other authors’ manuscripts.

The Career Author Podcast is a podcast where co-authors J. Thorn and Zach Bohannon share their struggles and successes as full-time authors, advice for improving your writing craft, and honest discussions of what it takes to build a successful career as an author.

In this episode, you’ll discover:

  • Whether or not you should edit during your first draft
  • How much time to wait between your first draft and first revision
  • What things to focus on during each revision
  • What editing software J. and Zach use
  • When it’s time to send your book off to an editor
  • How to know when your book is ‘done’ and ready to publish

Also in this episode, Zach recommends a great book on editing.

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