2014 Write to Inspire Conference: Interview with Kathy Ide

Behind every great writer is a great editor! Today I have the privilege of introducing you to Kathy Ide, a full-time freelance editor, author and founder/director of The Christian Pen and the Christian Editor Connection. Kathy will be teaching The Art of Editing at the 2014 Write to Inspire Conference.  Here are some of the questions that formed the basis of our conversation.

  • How did you get started as a professional editor?
  • What do you offer for Christian writers?
  • Tell us about The Christian Pen. What prompted you to launch it?
  • How can writers benefit from The Christian Pen?
  • You are also part of the Christian Editor Connection. How is that different than the Christian Pen?
  • What qualities should writers look for in an editor?
  • How much self-editing should a writer complete before engaging a professional editor?
  • How have recent changes in the publishing industry affected writers? What role does professional editing play in these changes?
  • What advice would you offer a brand new writer?
  • When the writers come to the Write to Inspire Conference, what can they expect to learn from you?

Kathy was a joy to speak with and will be an asset to the conference. If you haven’t reserved your spot at Write to Inspire, you can join us by registering now!

Over the past few weeks, we’ve introduced you to all of our conference speakers. If you’ve missed any of the interviews, you can follow the links to view them now: Bill MyersManuel Luz and Lyn Lasneski  and Steve Scott.

Do you have an editing question for Kathy? Leave it in the comments below.

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Elizabeth M. Thompson writes contemporary nonfiction, articles and devotionals using her experiences as a Bible teacher, wife, mother and grief navigator. She also enjoys speaking at writer’s conferences and women’s ministry events. Although her background includes marketing and education, writing has always been a driving force in her life. She is currently pursuing publication for her one-year grief devotional book, When the Waves Crash. Her most rewarding adventures to date include her marriage to Michael, parenting her three children, and serving Christian writers through Inspire. Her publication credits include articles published by Focus on the Family, Today’s Christian, and contributions to Whispering in God’s Ear (Waterbrook 2005) and Inspire Promise (Inspire Press 2014).