August 1st PWOC Meeting

Publishers & Writers Panel Event: "Do I really need an Editor?"

Many people contribute to a successful book. However, one person is often overlooked: the editor. A great editor can turn a good book into a great one. A bad editor—or no editor at all—can turn a good book into a disappointment. Authors and publishers don’t always appreciate what an editor can do for them. More than just checking spelling, punctuation and grammar, editors contribute to the making of great books at all stages of manuscript development. They assert their influence from idea inception, organization, and manuscript structure to crafting powerful metaphors and commanding prose, checking facts, cross-checking references, enforcing house styles, making sure page and line breaks are proper, and verifying page numbers.

If you’re involved at any level of book production, you’ll want to attend this meeting’s panel of expert editors. They’ll tell you everything you need to know about what editors do and how you can use them to your best advantage, as well as answer all your questions about book editing such as:

  • Do I need an editor, or can I polish my manuscript myself?
  • How do editors work, and how do they charge?
  • What are the different types of editors?
  • How do editors and authors work together?
  • How do I choose the best editor for my book?

Barbara Ardinger, Head Shot, August 1st Panel, Publishers Writers Orange CountyBarbara Ardinger, Ph.D. (Barbara, is a freelance editor for people who have good ideas but don’t want to embarrass themselves in print. To date, she has edited more than 300 fiction and nonfiction books. Her doctoral degree is in English. Her monthly blogs appear on her website and on She is the author of Secret Lives, Pagan Every Day, Goddess Medita­tions, Finding New Goddesses, and Quicksilver Moon. She lives with her two rescued Maine coon cats, Schroedinger and Heisenberg.

Lynette Smith, Head Shot, August 1st Panel, Publishers Writers Orange County Lynette Smith is a professional copyeditor with 30 years’ experience. As owner of All My Best (AllMyBest
.com), she basic-formats, copyedits, and proofreads book manuscripts, theses, dissertations, and marketing collateral. Lynette has copyedited PWSD’s monthly newsletter for 7 of her 10 years of membership. She is also the published author of the multi-award–winning comprehensive ref­erence book, How to Write Heartfelt Letters to Treasure: For Special Occasions and Occasions Made Special. (

Claudia Suzanne, Head Shot, August 1st Panel, Publishers Writers Orange County Claudia Suzanne spearheads the movement to elevate and advance ghostwriting. She penned the “seminal textbook” on the subject, teaches the only ghostwriter-training program in the world (, runs a high-end ghostwriting service (, and founded Ghostwriters Unite, Inc., (, a nonprofit dedicated to ghostwriting education and community. She has ghosted over 130 books, including tracked bestsellers, highvolume–sales titles, peer-reviewed works, award-winning novels, and at least one memoir optioned for film.