Guest Post on Editing by Leslie S. Rose

Today we have a special treat. Leslie S. Rose, author of  the amazing Afterdeath from Journeys of Wonder, Volume 1, is our guest blogger. Working with Leslie was truly wonderful; everything she brought to this project improved it in ways we couldn’t even imagine.


Looking Through Editorial Eyes by Leslie S. Rose

It was an interesting experience wearing an editor’s hat for Journeys of Wonder, Volume 1. Luckily, we three authors are familiar with each other’s work and are friends. That gave us built-in understanding and artistic respect for one another that made the editorial process productive instead of painful.

When I edit or beta read another writer’s material, I keep at least three point-of-view plates spinning in the air.

The first is my reader POV – voice. Does the work:

  • Sing with unique flavor
  • Create a connection with the reader
  • Stay consistent throughout the piece

The second is my writer POV – the storytelling aspect. Is it easy to identify:

  • Strong story structure with compelling conflict
  • Engaging, relatable characters
  • Ever increasing stakes

The third is my teacher POV – conventions/mechanics:

  • Grammar/Syntax/Sentence variety
  • Punctuation
  • Formatting

I have the utmost respect for editors. I believe editing is an art form in itself.

What are some of the filters you click on when you are editing or beta reading?


Leslie S. Rose (Author/Editor) was, for many years, on the design faculty of the theater department at UCLA, where she had several plays produced. Now Leslie loves writing for teens and is a member of the SCBWI. On her Yes, This Will Be On the Test blog, she celebrates both writing and the crazy world of teaching fifth grade. Look for her story “The Shimmer in the Woods” in the anthology Paramourtal 2 by Cliffhanger Books.


Guest Post on Editing by Leslie S. Rose — 20 Comments

  1. I use all three while editing my stuff, but during different drafts. With critting it tougher because you have to do all at the same time. I do them to different degrees when I beta read.

  2. Nice post, Leslie. I’ve only ever beta read a handful of other authors. I’m afraid I’m too harsh sometimes. I think because I expect straight forward honest critiques, I tend to give them as well. But I prefer not to.

  3. I hear and read editor all the time, but never thought about what it really meant. I just thought red pen and cutting chunks out of stories. But when you write it like that, wow, it’s a huge job. That’s a lot of eyes to look at the story from! Maybe I’m glad I’m not an editor!! Great post Leslie Rose! Viva Las Vegas!!


    • Ah Heather, the dreaded red pen. Yikes. I actually use purple or green when I edit my students works. I heard somewhere that red is psychologically a slap in the face. When I self-edit I compromise and use pink.

  4. Leslie, those are really good chunks to tackle. I often plan to edit with certain criteria to look for, but wind up fixing anything I see broken as I move along. I need to focus!