19.08: NaNoWriMo Revision with Ali Fisher: Working with an Editor

Season 19 | Episode 8
29m | Feb 25, 2024

An agent, an editor, and a writer walk into a Zoom room and record a podcast... but really... that's (part of) what this episode is!

First off, a reminder that your agent, your editor, and you are all on the same team! They are all trying to make the same book (your book!) a better book. Whether you've published before or are just starting your first short story, we are so excited for you to dive into this episode.

For our final episode in our three-part series on revising your NaNoWriMo manuscript—or any other large writing project—we are diving into how to work with an editor! We wanted to show you a peek behind the curtain that is publishing and editing-- what does this relationship look like? How do you handle differences, conflicts, and priorities? What IS an edit letter?

Our guest for this series has been the inimitable editor Ali Fisher, who works at Tor. Thank you, Ali, for your advice, stories, and time!


Take a work written by someone else (anyone else!) and come up with three questions you have for the author that would help them clarify their intention in the text.

This could be a movie you've seen, a project you're beta-reading for a friend, or a short story you've stumbled upon.

Then, apply these questions to your own work in progress!

Thing of the Week from Ali: 

Ali has two podcast recommendations for you!

Rude Tales of Magic

Oh These, Those Stars of Space!

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Credits: Your hosts for this episode were Mary Robinette Kowal, DongWon Song, Ali Fisher. It was produced by Emma Reynolds, recorded by Marshall Carr, Jr., and mastered by Alex Jackson.

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