Episode 7: The Top Craft Issue (And Other Helpful Tidbits) With Big-5 Editor Susan Chang

Way-Word Writers Podcast

Feb 19 2024 • 40 mins

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The script is a comprehensive interview with Susan Chang, a former editor at HarperCollins who then shifted to freelancing. Susan talks about her fascinating journey in the publishing industry. The interview covers a wide range of topics including her experience working with traditional publishing houses and the essential qualities needed for a successful book. Susan also sheds light on her approach to editing, both for clients working towards traditional publishing and for those aiming for self-publishing.

00:00 Introduction and Guest Bio
01:20 Transition from Traditional Publishing to Freelancing
03:20 Common Challenges in Manuscripts
03:36 Insights from Freelance Editing Experience
04:15 Understanding the Market and Audience
04:29 The Importance of Craft and Marketability
08:18 The Impact of Technology on Reading Habits
09:38 Genres and Editing Preferences
17:51 The Editing Process and Client Relationship
32:28 Crafting Authentic and Unique Stories
36:00 The Role of Point of View in Storytelling
39:57 Final Thoughts and Contact Information

You can find Susan at: ​susanchangeditorial.com

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