Why audiobooks have helped me become a better editor

The Chartered Institute of Editing and Proofreading (CIEP) is a non-profit membership organisation promoting excellence in English language editing. I was delighted to write a post for the CIEP blog and to share my thoughts and enthusiasm for audiobooks and why they have helped me become a better editor.

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Here is an extract:

All audiobooks offer opportunities for learning or reinforcing editorial knowledge. I regularly notice elements that I think are handled well. Good pacing and rhythm and flow of sentences are particularly obvious in the narrator’s change of tone and tempo. I also think about how I might have handled some aspects differently if I were the editor. As most editors know, many aspects of editing are subjective and not all editors will handle issues in the same way. Occasionally, I note things that I think are wrong. I would notice some of these issues if I were reading purely for pleasure, but listening means I can enjoy a story and learn at the same time. And, of course, when listening, there are no distracting spelling or punctuation issues.

CIEP Blog – 8th July 2022

If you would like to read more, the full post can be found on the CIEP blog.

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I’m Clare Black, a fiction book editor based in Stockport, UK. I help independent authors prepare for publishing by fixing the important details and improving the readability of their books. I specialise in crime, thriller and contemporary fiction, but I am happy to consider other genres. I am a Professional Member of the Chartered Institute of Editing and Proofreading (CIEP).

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