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Articles by JoEllen Nordstrom

JoEllen Nordstrom passionately combines online editing tools, AI (Artificial Intelligence), and writing software with vetted, professional editing services to create your publishing success. As the founder of First Editing, JoEllen's editors have assisted over 50,000 writers and boast 400+ published authors. They are the world's first-certified Story Coach Editor company. Learn more about self-editing on her Publishing Power podcast. Besides writing, JoEllen is a digital nomad, yogi, and mamma of six!

Free Training: Editing vs. Proofreading

Free Training: Editing vs. Proofreading

Writers often use the words “editing” and “proofreading” interchangeably. In fact, they are completely unique and separate services provided by professionals to improve your writing. Learn the difference and how you can conduct your own self-edit and proofread in this article from professional editor, JoEllen Nordström.

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How to Copy Edit at Sentence-Level: An Editor's Guide

How to Copy Edit at Sentence-Level: An Editor's Guide

In this guide from editor JoEllen Nordström, learn what techniques and online writing tools are essential during line and copy editing. Plus, discover essential self-editing techniques so you can develop your writing skills and craft as an author while saving time and money on professional editing services.

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Free Training: Editing with the 38 Story Elements

Free Training: Editing with the 38 Story Elements

Professional editor JoEllen Nordström guides you through the 38 story elements editors look for. You can self-edit using this list before submitting your manuscript for structural editing. Or, you can use this list to better understand the structural editing process.

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What Are The Four Stages of Editing? How to Approach Each Editing Type

What Are The Four Stages of Editing? How to Approach Each Editing Type

Editing has four stages. Whether you're a newbie still getting into your writing journey or a seasoned author with an established writing career, you must be familiar with these stages and ready to apply them in your editing process. In this article, professional editor JoEllen Nordström explains every stage, including when you can self-edit and when it's best to leave it to the pros.

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10 Editing Mistakes to Avoid According to a Professional Editor

10 Editing Mistakes to Avoid According to a Professional Editor

Professional editor JoEllen Nordström shares the ten worst editing mistakes writers commonly make. To win the editing battle, you need to understand the foundation of each mistake. In this article, JoEllen explains the most common errors and how you can fix them.

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6 Steps to Hiring a Good Editor

6 Steps to Hiring a Good Editor

Editing is what will ultimately determine your success as an author both now and in the future. In this article, we discuss how to hire an editor for your book.

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Do Professional Editors Recommend Self-Editing Software?

Do Professional Editors Recommend Self-Editing Software?

Do professional editors recommend that you self-edit? Should you use a self-editing tool? Are writing tools helpful for self-editing? Absolutely! Here's how to work out what kind of editing you need at each stage.

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Self-Editing Your Novel for Readability

Self-Editing Your Novel for Readability

Find out how to strengthen the readability of your novel through self-editing by reviewing the 38 Story Elements covered in this article. Professional Editor JoeEllen Nordström helps you tackle the three main categories of plot, character, and setting. By ensuring you use and vary each of these three primary story elements accurately, you can create a powerful story which keeps your readers returning and again

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