As the title suggests, this is a primer for first-time authors, although there are some timeless nuggets worth the purchase. Its advice is down-to-earth, practical, and relatable. Wendel is an experienced editor and explains from the editor’s perspective what they do and don’t do.
Tiffany Yates Martin
Tiffany Yates Martin discusses the creative aspect of editing and works to reframe the perspective of the author. She challenges authors to see the editing process as less of a slash and hack slog, and more of a treasure hunt “...combing through the map you created in your first draft and finding the gold.”
Revising Your Novel: First Draft to Finished Draft Omnibus: A step-by-step guide to a better novel Kindle Edition
An omnibus of three books may seem daunting, but Hardy is an experienced book doctor and editor and has a lot to say. Rather than a step-by-step guide, her approach is a series of guided workshops designed to lead the writer through the revision process to learn and apply the knowledge you gain.
Editing Your Novel's Structure: Tips, Tricks, and Checklists to Get You From Start to Finish Kindle Edition
Bethany A. Tucker
A quick read on the basics of structure, this guide will help you understand the developmental editing process after you’ve written your first draft. It’s guidance is meant for authors wanting to review that their structure is sound for those who wrote without a strong outline to start, or developmental edit during the first draft writing process.
Renni Browne & Dave King
This book is a masterclass in understanding what editors hope to accomplish with their writers. Now in its second edition, the authors have updated their many examples with new and updated references, but their most helpful ideas are timeless. Don’t skip the side-by-side comparisons they used to illustrate how editors can tease out the very best work of authors.
If you learn best by grabbing a coffee and chatting with an expert, then King’s book is perfect for you. His first-hand experience as a successful author of several novels reveals a deep understanding of the process authors go through, and he shares personal examples, coupled with practical exercises that make this a useful and entertaining read.