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Host & Guest


Lynn Varon


Kathleen Kaiser &

Adanna Moriarty





About This Episode

On Enhancing Your Manuscript: Insights from Lynn Varon

Join hosts Kathleen and Adanna for another insightful episode of Talking Book Publishing as they get into the nitty-gritty of manuscript editing with Lynn Varon, a seasoned editor. Lynn sheds light on common manuscript pitfalls while sharing her editing journey fueled by a lifelong passion for reading and a keen eye for good writing.

Drawing from her extensive background in editing, Lynn compares the editing processes for magazines and books, emphasizing the importance of serving both the writer and the reader to craft compelling narratives.

Listeners gain valuable insights into tailoring their writing to engage readers effectively and receive constructive feedback, particularly in nonfiction works where delivering information interestingly and logically is paramount. Lynn and the hosts also discuss the significance of understanding the target audience to broaden market appeal, highlighting the sometimes conflicting priorities between creative vision and commercial viability for authors.

Exploring the editor’s role further, the three discuss the delicate balance between constructive criticism from your editor while preserving the writer’s vision and acknowledging the value of finding an editor who aligns with the author’s goals. 

This episode also addresses common fears authors may have about editors and the editorial process. Offering reassurance that collaborative relationships, particularly with freelance editors, can empower authors with greater control over their work. Practical advice is shared for navigating the editor selection process, including the importance of rapport and clarifying editing needs upfront.

Listeners are encouraged to participate in Lynn Varon’s upcoming webinar as part of WPN’s Webinar series, where she will share further insights into the publishing process and offer guidance for aspiring writers. Don’t miss the opportunity to learn from Lynn’s expertise and elevate your manuscript to its fullest potential.

For more information and updates, visit Lynn Varon’s website at and mark your calendars for the webinar on February 29 at 11 a.m. Pacific time. You can register at Can’t attend live? No problem; sign up for access to the recording and additional resources following the event. Lynn also sits on the board of WPN as treasurer to guide you on your publishing journey, so you can trust in Lynn’s expertise as editor.

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About our guest

Lynn Varon

For over 25 years, Lynn Varon has been helping writers polish their stories for print and web publication. She offers independent authors professional-level copyediting with a personal touch. Through active involvement with professional organizations such as the Editorial Freelancers Association and Writers & Publishers Network, she continually sharpens her skills and promotes the value of creative work.

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