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Reading Between The Lines: Fiction Editing with Rachel Pierce

Are you an in-house editor, freelance editor, or someone who would like to know more about the editorial process? Would you like to be a better, more successful editor? Join us for the third instalment of our Publishing Ireland Seminars as we take a closer look at what it means to be a successful editor. Learn how to break down the categories of fiction editing and identify the key elements of editing each genre, including the common pitfalls and possible solutions.

 Rachel will also take you through what it means to be an editor in modern publishing and the various roles he/she is now expected to fulfil, the increasing importance of social media, digital publishing and Apps for the book trade; the role of the agent and how to to advise fiction clients who are looking to engage an agent/what agents are looking for. 

Rachel Pierce

Rachel Pierce is a highly experienced editor and has worked for both local indigenous and larger, international publishers. Having started out in the O’Brien Press, she then set up a freelance editing business in 2004 and since then has helped authors across every genre to realise their ambitions for their books. She has worked on a wide range of books from political and archaeological to travel and fiction- both children’s and adult. In addition to editing the Ross O’Carroll Kelly series, Rachel has also worked on memoirs as diverse as Austin Currie’s All Hell Will Break Loose and Sheamus Smith’s Off Screen.  If all this were not enough, Rachel also happens to be a writer herself and so has a particularly unique understanding of what good editing really means.



Course Outline

Discussing categories of fiction and key elements of editing each category

  • Adult
  • Children
  • YA
  • Crime
  • Literary (outside input on this)
  • Science fiction (outside input on this)

The Role of an editor and editing in modern publishing

  • Dealing with agents – how to advise fiction clients on what agents are looking for; the roles of agent, author and editor and how they interact
  • Social media, Digital books and Apps
  • Structural editing – POV; structuring a plot; possible solutions to weaknesses in story
  • Copyediting
  • Proofreading
  • Author care – good advice your authors might need at times
  • Freelancing – the common system you’ll have to slot into
  • Commissioning – knowing markets and authors
  • Generating book ideas

Practical work – Rachel will also be using a dedicated eforum, which will be available before and after class to disseminate extra information and course materials.

Course Fees and Details

Fee          €300 per person or €250 for Publishing Ireland Members. All fees for Publishing Ireland Seminars must be paid in advance of the course. Cancellation of      attendance will be refunded up to two weeks before the date of the course.

Venue:     Publishing Ireland Offices, 25 Denzille Lane, Dublin 2.

Dates       Friday, 10 May and Friday, 17 May. (Participants can register for either day as the course will be the same)

Times:     10am-5pm

*Classes will be restricted to 10 people per class.

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