Editing our own work is a tricky proposition. Sometimes it’s helpful to know what you don’t know. To be aware of our own blind spots with regard to our writing. At this meeting, we were lucky enough to have an industry pro come and talk to us about the challenges of assessing and revising our own writing.
“We need to be honest about our own capabilities,” says professional editor (and successful author) Kathi Macias. “And we all need honest input from established professionals.” Kathy is witty and knowledgeable.
In addition to her experience as a professional editor, Kathi Macias wrote a book on structure for the novice or experienced author. She is a multi-award winning writer who has authored nearly 60 books and ghostwritten several others. A former newspaper columnist and string reporter, Kathi has taught creative and business writing in various venues and has been a guest on many radio and television programs. Kathi is a popular speaker at churches, women’s clubs and retreats, and writers’ conferences. She won the 2008 Member of the Year award from AWSA (Advanced Writers and Speakers Association) and was the 2011 Author of the Year from BooksandAuthors.net. Her novel Red Ink won the 2011 Golden Scrolls Novel of the Year Award and was also a finalist for a Carol Award from American Christian Fiction Writers. Check out her website at http://www.kathimacias.com/.
To view the video of the meeting, click below (Kathy’s presentation begins at the 18-minute mark):
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