A new weekly podcast explores the intricacies of the editing process from a range of perspectives.
Luminaries from the SfEP, Denise Cowle (non-fiction) and Louise Harnby (fiction), launched The Editing Podcast at the start of 2019. Their experience, friendly and direct presenting style and insight make them the perfect double act for a show that promises to be of interest to writers and editors alike.
Cowle and Harnby are meticulousness personified, and their conversation walks the (often slippery) line between carefully scripted and charmingly ad lib. In addition to their own professional wisdom, the pair take time each week to share a selection of editing ‘bites’: links to valuable services, courses and articles that expand upon that episode’s discussion, which is itself transcribed and posted online for good measure.
A recent episode about sample edits – short extracts from larger texts edited in advance of a contract being signed – embodied the podcast’s collaborative ethos perfectly: “both [authors and editors] use them and both…benefit from them,” notes Harnby. Indeed, sample edits allow authors and publishers to see the kind of work the editor might do for them, while editors get to see exactly what’s required.
Editing is a two-way street, after all, and with future episodes due to focus on topics like choosing an editor and the crucial issues of time and money management, Harnby and Cowle will be bringing that message home for a long time to come.
The Editing Podcast is available wherever you get your podcasts.