Get It Edited

When to call in the pros, and what to look for when you do


Tiffany Yates Martin


Live on Dec. 15, 2021, or watch recording


Writers who have never hired a professional editor


Closed captions by Otter; transcript provided with recording

When it’s time to hire a professional editor, there are more options available than ever before, and it can be confusing to sift through all the variables: What’s the difference between a developmental edit and a line edit and a copyedit? How do you know what you need or when? What should an edit cost—and is it worth it?

Not all edits are created equal, and there’s no official governing body or certification process for editors—anyone can hang out their shingle. Where do you find an experienced, reputable editor, and how can you determine whether they’re right for you? What does a good edit look like? How do you avoid the editing “horror stories” some authors have experienced?

This 90-minute workshop will help you determine what kind of edit you need; how to find reputable, experienced professionals; how to pick the right editor for you and what you can expect of your working relationship; as well as other options if hiring an editor isn’t in your budget right now.

Instructor Tiffany Yates Martin has worked as a freelance editor for nearly three decades, with major publishers and directly with authors. She will help you determine whether and when you need a professional edit; show you what to look for in a good editor; offer specific resources for finding the best in the business and your perfect fit; and point out red flags to watch out for.

In this Dec. 15 class, authors will learn:

  • When to consider paying for a professional edit
  • The types of editing commonly available, and how to determine which one you need
  • How to find a good, reputable, experienced editor, and determine which one is right for you
  • The sample edit: what to ask for and what to look for (with specific examples)
  • Determining what it should cost
  • Where to find reputable, experienced editors
  • How to vet an editor to make sure they’re the right fit for you and your work
  • What to look for in your contract, and questions to ask before you sign
  • What to expect of the editor/author relationship
  • Red flags to watch for
  • Alternatives to a professional edit if you can’t afford it

Who should take this class

Writers in all genres who:

  • Are wondering whether or when to hire an editor
  • Feel uncertain about the type of editing they need
  • Are confused by the multitude of editing services available
  • Aren’t sure how to find good, reputable, experienced editors and how to vet them
  • Are unfamiliar with professional editing and what it should look like, accomplish, and cost
  • Have had unproductive or unpleasant experiences with hiring an editor

Supplementary materials included with this class

  • An extensive Get It Edited guide, featuring checklists to determine when you’re ready for an edit and what type; specific resources for finding reputable, experienced editors; specific questions to ask your potential editor before you sign a contract; and much more.
  • A sample editing contract
  • An example of a sample edit

How do I know if this class is worth the cost?

This is an important question, and it’s a tough one to answer—especially since so much online education is available free of charge. Furthermore, every student is different, and a valuable webinar for one person can end up being a disappointment to another. For this reason, we offer full refunds if you register, attend or watch at least one class, and fail to get the information you were looking for.

Do I have to attend the live classes?

No. Everyone who registers will get access to the recording. However, if you’d like to attend live, keep reading.

How do I attend the live class?

This class uses Zoom webinar technology. You will join through your Internet-connected computer or mobile device. When you register, you will receive information via email on how to join the class. If you don’t receive it within 1 hour of registering, please contact us.

  • When: Wednesday, Dec. 15, 2021
  • Time: 1:00–2:30 p.m. EST / 10:00 a.m. Pacific
  • Fee: $25

The webinar is broadcasted via the internet with live audio delivered through your computer or mobile device speakers. The visual presentation is displayed directly from the presenter’s computer to your computer screen. The Q&A is managed through a chat-style submission system with questions read and answered by the presenter for the entire class to hear.

Closed captions are provided during the live class. We use Zoom’s automated closed caption service (powered by Otter), which is about 80%+ accurate. We also use Otter AI to generate an unedited transcript, provided with the recording.

About the instructor

Tiffany Yates Martin has spent nearly thirty years as an editor in the publishing industry, working with major publishers and New York Times, Washington Post, Wall Street Journal, and USA Today bestselling and award-winning authors as well as indie and newer writers, and is the founder of FoxPrint Editorial and author of the bestseller Intuitive Editing: A Creative and Practical Guide to Revising Your Writing. She’s led workshops and seminars for conferences and writers’ groups across the country and is a frequent contributor to writers’ sites and publications. Under the pen name Phoebe Fox, she’s the author of six novels, including the upcoming The Way We Weren’t (Berkley/PRH).

Thank you for such a wonderful presentation! I was truly bowled over by how much information you are able to provide and how it clarified so many aspects of writing that have been causing confusion.

Barbara Solomon Josselsohn

author and writing teacher

This was great! Thanks so much for doing it! I loved the pace—there was a ton of material crammed into that webinar! So much great food for thought.

Erin S.

student, sisters in crime webinar

I’ve had the pleasure of working with Tiffany while president of Pikes Peak Writers, as well as president of Delve Writing. She’s everything you want in an instructor—brilliant, knowledgeable, professional, polished, dynamic, and charming. Plus she has the rare ability to make complex information easily accessible, and entertaining, too.

Chris Mandeville

past president, pikes peak writers conference

All students receive the following

  • Access to live class. After roughly 75 minutes, Tiffany will take questions during class using in-class chat/text. The class will end after roughly 90 minutes.
  • A recording of the class—audio and video. This is especially helpful if you have a conflict with the class time or something comes up and you can’t make the session. Each registration comes with access to the archived version of the program and the materials for 30 days. You do not have to attend the live event to access the recordings.
  • Supplementary materials. You’ll receive an extensive Get It Edited guide, a sample editing contract, and an example of a sample edit.
  • Presentation slides. All participants receive a copy of the slide presentation in PDF form.
  • Rough transcript. We use Otter to create an automated transcript of the entire webinar, which we’ll share with you in addition to the audio and video recording.

Event Attendance & Anti-Harassment Policy

We strive to provide an environment where all present—whether attendee, presenter, or staff—can feel supported. In order to ensure a welcoming event, here is what we expect from all who participate.

  • That the presenter and the presenter’s work be treated with respect by attendees and that all attendees treat each other with respect and a generosity of spirit.
  • That attendees will refrain from harassment of any sort including (but not limited to) comments or questions of a racist, homophobic, sexist/sexual, or threatening nature. This includes actions that disrupt or interfere with anyone’s ability to participate. Offenders will be disconnected from the live event.

System Requirements to Join the Webinar

We will be using Zoom webinar technology.

You’ll need:

  • An internet connection: broadband wired or wireless (3G or 4G/LTE)
  • Speakers: built-in, USB plug-in or wireless Bluetooth

Recommended bandwidth:

  • 600kbps (down) for high-quality video and 1.2 Mbps (down) for HD video
  • If you connect through audio only: 60-80kbps (down)

Supported operating systems:

Supported tablet and mobile devices:

  • Surface PRO 2 running Win 8.1
  • iOS and Android devices
  • Blackberry devices

Supported browsers:

  • Windows: IE 11+,  Edge 12+, Firefox 27+,  Chrome 30+
  • Mac: Safari 7+, Firefox 27+,  Chrome 30+
  • Linux: Firefox 27+,  Chrome 30+

For a detailed listing of system requirements, check Zoom’s site.