The End?: Editing Skills That Will Make Your Manuscript Shine Video Download

The End?: Editing Skills That Will Make Your Manuscript Shine Video Download

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  • You are a writer struggling to know just when they're done with a book
  • You are a writer who want a a polished manuscript before submitting to agents
  • You are a writer who want a to build life-long editing skills
  • You are a writer who needs revision tips
  • You are a writer looking for what agents and editors care about most regarding editing


You can type the words "THE END," but are you really done with your manuscript? You know you have to polish and perfect it before you share it with editors and agents, but how? How do you know what to keep, what to chuck, and what's going to bore, or charm, the reader? You can learn to edit your own work, and here's where to start.

In this presentation, you'll learn how to diagnosis the pitfalls of your own plot and pacing, the importance of the economy of language, and why more specific detail in your work can actually bore your reader to tears. You'll discover the importance of letting your book "marinate" after you type "THE END," and how to distinguish between the little voice inside that's self-doubt, and the little voice inside that's telling you where to revise. Through sample passages, both rough draft and revised, you'll see these editing skills at work.

Kate McKean works closely with her clients on editing their manuscripts before submission, so there's almost no editing pitfall she hasn't seen. Learn the secrets she's discovered after 10 years in the industry (and editing her own unpublished books herself, too!)


  • How to listen to and trust your gut when revising
  • Why few readers care what color your character's hair is
  • How you should not say in 12 words what you can say in 5
  • The importance of distancing yourself from your work to gain perspective
  • How to Kill Your Darlings and save your manuscript
  • Why you can't just wait for an editor or agent to do all this work for you
  • When your manuscript is really, really done (at least for now)


Kate McKean is a literary agent at the Howard Morhaim Literary Agency in Brooklyn, NY, where she has worked for over seven years. She earned her Master's in Fiction Writing at the University of Southern Mississippi, and enjoys both the creative and business aspects of her job. Her clients include Madeleine Roux's New York Times bestselling YA novel ASYLUM, and New York Times bestselling humor book I Can Has Cheezburger. She is most interested in contemporary women's fiction, middle grade and young adult fiction, as well as memoir.

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