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The Book Editor Show

81 EpisodesProduced by Clark ChamberlainWebsite

The Book Editor Show is a weekly podcast hosted by Clark Chamberlain and Peter Turley. Each show looks at one area of novel editing that an author can easily implement into their editing process. Shows have guest editors, explore different creative storytelling fields, and give you the knowledge to … read more

81 Episodes | 2014 - 2019

Editing Your Subplot or B Story

October 30th, 2019


As we continue our exploration of plot we examine the Subplot also called the B Story.

We look at the importance of subplot and give examples from books that aren't Harry Potter!

We also share an easy method to check if …

Plot versus Story Structure

October 23rd, 2019


We tried once before and the twisted knot of plot versus story structure was too much to be undone. Today we do it right!

If you want to writer faster, gain readers, and crush doubt check out Ironclad Outline, the …

Of Struggle the Return and Onward

October 16th, 2019


Clark Chamberlain and Peter Turley are back discussing what it's like to live in a car for a year, returning to school, and where the show will be …

Editing Your Life Story and Negative Self Talk

July 15th, 2018


What could you do if you eliminated your negative self talk? How much more could you write and publish if you weren't being held back by limiting …

Choosing the Right Point of View

March 8th, 2018


How to choose the right point of view for your story. POV is the ultimate storyteller, and an expert storyteller will choose which parts to emphasis …

How to Edit 1st Act with Thor Ragnarok

March 1st, 2018


Why does the first act of Thor Ragnarok work? What lessons can you learn to edit your own work?
How to use elements in your story world to make fans love you, and what you need to do to take it all away from your …

Special Edition Why Does Wonder Woman Act 1 Work

September 10th, 2017


Why does the new movie Wonder Woman work? Is it Gal Gadot? Is it the special effects? Maybe, just maybe it's because the story is so solid. Join …

Developmental Editing What It Is And Why You Need It

August 31st, 2017


Welcome to the Book Editor Show, today I’ll be talking about developmental editing, what is and why you need it.
And introducing Ironclad Outlines by Clark Chamberlain.

Collaboration and Editing in a Storyverse

May 19th, 2017


Fiction Vortex's David Mark Brown and Michael C Cluff join Clark Chamberlain to discuss their writing collaboration and what it's like to edit in a …

Get Published in 2017

January 1st, 2017


Are you ready to take that next step in your writing life? Are you ready to make 2017 the year you get published? Then you're in the right spot.  …

Edit your Setting to Create Horror

December 20th, 2016


Peter Turley is Back!!!
Learn to edit your setting into one filled with terror that will keep your reader up all night. Choose powerful words that …

Sacrifice and Killing Characters

December 16th, 2016


What is the best type of sacrifice a character can make? When does it work to kill of a character, including your protagonist? How is the best way to leverage these emotional acts to connect with the reader? Find out …

Editing your Book with the Power of Three

November 14th, 2016


Three is the magic number. We can see the number represented through life and story. Today Clark Chamberlain leads you through an easy to use method to take the power of three and edit your work. From character …

3 Easy Exercises to Edit your World Building

November 4th, 2016


Have you finished your fantasy manuscript or maybe you've finally decided to write your space odyssey for NaNoWriMo or you want to put the final touches on your present day story that takes place in the strange land of …

Making Monsters a World Building Bible Creature Feature

October 17th, 2016


Making Monsters: a World Building Bible Creature Feature.  We're talking all about monsters, creatures and aliens. How you can make yours unique by …

Editing Past and Present Tense 1st Person POV

September 29th, 2016


Does it matter if you use flashbacks in 1st person present tense? Do you know who your POV character is telling the story to in past tense? Would you …

4 Tips to Edit Nonfiction

September 22nd, 2016


Have you finished your nonfiction manuscript? Ready to polish it up before you publish? Clark Chamberlain and Peter Turley have 4 tips that will set …

The Rebirth - 7 Basic Plots

September 16th, 2016


Here's a blast from the past! I was teaching class the other day and found out that Peter and I never released the final episode on the Seven Basic Plots by Christopher Booker. This episode is all about The Rebirth. …

Editing Short Stories for Publication

August 31st, 2016


Short stories are an excellent road to traditional publication, but only if you understand how to give the publisher what they want. On this show we'll give you clear methods to improve your short stories and that you …

Edit and Understand your Characters Desire and How to Abuse Them

August 25th, 2016


Clark Chamberlain is joined by Writership's Leslie Watts. They discuss what character desire is, how to use and abuse it, when desire changes in the story, being true to desire, when desire and plot clash, and how to …

Raise the Stakes: Edit your Manuscript to be a Page Turner

August 18th, 2016


If you want to have readers continuing to turn the page they need to have a reason. Raising the stakes in your manuscript will give them that reason. Clark Chamberlain and Peter Turley give you clear ways to increase …

Book Review of Writing the Breakout Novel by Donald Maass

August 12th, 2016


Are you looking for a great book to help you edit your manuscript? Want to take the reading world by storm? Then check out this review of Writing the Breakout Novel by Donald Maass. One of the important elements you'll …

Editing Point of View

August 4th, 2016


Clark Chamberlain and Peter Turley discuss how to edit the major Point of View styles: including 1st person, 3rd limited, and 3rd omniscient. Learn what to keep and what to change in your POV and deliver a smooth …

Editing Fantasy 3 Elements you Must include

July 28th, 2016


Every genre brings a unique aspect to editing. Fantasy is no different. From plot types, extensive world building, character arcs, and much more. Clark Chamberlain and Peter Turley look at the three elements each …

Editing Thrillers 3 Elements you Must Include

July 22nd, 2016


No matter what sub-genre of thriller you write there are three elements that must be found in your work to make it a success. Clark Chamberlain and Peter Turley share what those three elements are and how to edit them …

Script Editing with Jacob Larch

July 7th, 2016


Join us today as we look at the world of screenwriting with Jacob Larch.

How to Amp Up your First 20 Pages for Submission

June 30th, 2016


In today's show Peter Turley and Leslie Watts discuss how to make your first 20 pages showcase the best of your work. If you've wondered what the do's and dont's are for those first crucial pages, this is not a show to …

Writing and Editing Dialogue with Leslie Watts

June 23rd, 2016


Writing and editing dialogue is a tricky business! But fear not, we're here to help wrestle those words into line. Join Peter Turley and Leslie Watts as they discuss what to avoid when writing dialogue and give you some …

Journaling for Writers

June 16th, 2016


Can taking the time to journal really help boost your creativity, help you be more productive, and find contentment in your life? Find out on today's show. Don't forget this is your last chance to grab Punch them in the …

Self Editing for Writers by Browne and King a Review

June 9th, 2016


Self-editing is an important skill for writers and authors of every level. It will never replace having a great editor work on your book with you, …

Joanna Penn Shares her Process for Excellently Edited Books

June 2nd, 2016


Joanna Penn discusses what it takes to be successful in the publishing industry today and the future to come, and what an important role editors play …

Worldbuilding 3 Pitfalls to Avoid

May 26th, 2016


Today we are sharing three of the biggest pitfalls to avoid when worldbuilding. We will also talk about how worldbuilding isn't just for sci-fi and fantasy genres.

7 Tips to Strengthen Setting

May 19th, 2016


We're bringing you 7 actionable tips to make your setting the best it can be. No more mismatched character and place, how to stop dumping setting on your reader in the first paragraph, and much much more.

Review: Plot and Structure by James Scott Bell

May 12th, 2016


Clark Chamberlain and Peter Turley review Plot and Structure by James Scott Bell. In this review you'll learn some of the gems found in this book, …

90 Day Professional Challenge

May 5th, 2016


Peter and I have made a 90 day challenge to take the book editor from sporadic to dependable. We'll walk you through how we're doing this and how you can put it to work for your professional writing life.

Proofreading Tips for Self-Editing and Publication

April 22nd, 2016


What is proofreading? How is proofreading different than line editing? How can you use proofreading to improve your own work? Does software exist that works?Clark Chamberlain and Peter Turley will answer these questions …

Q&A Killing Main Characters, Writing Synopsis, Which Book First

April 15th, 2016


We get questions from time to time that make great topics for shows, we also get questions that need to be answered but don't need an entire show.
Today we are doing our first Q&A show.
We are looking at:

How To Write …

Partnerships with Editors and Authors

April 8th, 2016


Today Clark Chamberlain and Peter Turley discuss the importance of understanding the roles authors and editors agree to when working together. 
What …

Editing for Mystery Tension and Conflict

March 23rd, 2016


When your story is absent of these three elements your story can fall flat. Learn how to use them and edit them into your work.

Generating Ideas and Finding the Gems among the Rocks

February 10th, 2016


Today on the Book Editor Show, Clark Chamberlain and Peter Turley give you the tools you need to generate the best idea for your story, and how to …

Developmental and Structural Editing with Leslie Watts

February 2nd, 2016


Join Clark Chamberlain, Peter Turley and their special guest editor Leslie Watts as they examine the importance of Developmental Editing. They'll give you insights into how to use it right and if your not using …

The Boys are Back

January 23rd, 2016


Catching up and sharing what's been going on over the past two months. Also, Clark Chamberlain and Peter Turley share their plans for 2016, book projects, teaching and a brand new course on editing!
Click here to check …

How You Can Write a Novel in 30 days

November 16th, 2015


A special audio share from a class Clark Chamberlain recently taught on how to write a novel in just 30 days. Get the handout here at

10 Tips for NaNoWriMo Survival

November 4th, 2015


It's that crazy time of year again when writers from all over the world start feverishly putting words to paper. The goal: 50,000 word novel by the end of November.Clark Chamberlain and Peter Turley have put together …

Critique Groups and Beta Readers with M. Todd Gallowglas

October 29th, 2015


If you edit by yourself the chance of missing plot holes and errors goes up. But taking every idea for change that is suggested isn't the best idea …

Editing the Short Story with Gregory Norris

October 14th, 2015


Have you ever wanted to dive into the world of short stories? Feel like the short stories you've written just aren't standing out? Want to give your short story the best possible edit? Then join Clark Chamberlain and …

Tragedy: the Seven Basic Plots

October 1st, 2015


The seven basic plots, part six, the tragedy. What should be included? What can be cut? Why isn't it used more? What is the right audience?Clark …

the Comedy - Editing the 7 Basic Plots

August 25th, 2015


Today Clark Chamberlain and Perter Turley continue their series on Booker's Seven Basic Plots. The Comedy will be familiar to anyone who has ever seen a romantic comedy.
Comedy isn't always about jokes. It lets you open …

Voyage and Return - Editing the 7 Basic Plots

August 18th, 2015


Today Clark Chamberlain and Peter Turley take a look at the Voyage and Return. This magical plot will take readers to a world of amazement and place them head to head against an unseen evil. Is it the plot of your book? …

The Quest - Editing the 7 Basic Plots - Episode 31

August 13th, 2015


Clark Chamberlain and Peter Turley show you how to edit the seven core plots from Christopher Booker's book the Seven Basic Plots.
This episode they will be examining the quest. What do you need to include, what are the …

Rags to Riches - Editing the 7 Basic Plots - Episode 030

August 6th, 2015


Continuing in our seven part series on editing the basic plots. Today we are looking at the Rags to Riches story. Learn if this is the plot of your …

Overcoming the Monster - Editing the 7 Basic plots Episode 029

July 31st, 2015


Starting a seven part series on editing the Seven Basic Plots by Christopher Booker. In part one Clark Chamberlain and Perter Turley examine Overcoming the Monster. 
Learn if your story fits into this major plot family, …

Adding a New Chapter to your Finished Draft - Episode 028

July 24th, 2015


You know you need to write a new chapter for your book, but what should you be looking for? Clark Chamberlain and Peter Turley take you through the …

Episode 027 - Find Beta Readers and the right way to use their feedback

July 17th, 2015


Clark Chamberlain and Peter Turley teach you all about how to find beta readers, and how to use their feedback in editing your work.

Episode 26 - Live Edit of the Wind Hath Heirs part 3

July 10th, 2015


Clark Chamberlain and the always impressive Peter Turley tackle the third part of live edits for Robert Hawkwood’s YA novel, the Wind Hath Heirs.
Clark shows how to use the “bookend” method to move the story forward …

Editing Comics - Episode 25

June 25th, 2015


The grammatic duo will be talking with Joshua Crowther, of Jay Crow Comics, all about his third issue of Super. What it takes to create comics and how his current Kickstarter is the most over-funded comic in the sites …

Live Editing Part 2 - Episode 24

June 20th, 2015


In this episode Clark Chamberlain and Peter Turley continue with part two of editing Robert Hawkwood’s YA story, The Wind Hath Heirs. They concentrate on adding more emotion, feathering in description in action and …

Live Editing - Episode 23

May 27th, 2015


In a first for the show, a brave author has taken the grammatical duo up on editing their work live on air.
Clark Chamberlain and Peter Turley take a crack at Robert Hawkwood’s YA story, The Wind Hath Heirs. In part one …

Catching Up and Random Word Choice - Episode 22

May 21st, 2015


It’s been a few weeks since we last heard from our grammatic duo. Today they catch up on writing, editing and random word choices.
Join Clark Chamberlain and Peter Turley for 30 minutes of editing entertainment.

Keeping Motivated while Editing - Episode 21

April 23rd, 2015


Is your draft still need more work but you just can't find the motivation to do it? Have you ever felt you couldn't stand to edit one more word?
This …

Series Editing with Bryan Cohen - Episode 20

April 8th, 2015


From idea to publication in only 90 days? Is it possible?
Bryan Cohen released his first fiction book, Ted Saves the World,  in July of 2014. Today he …

Line Editing with Ariel Waite - Episode 019

April 1st, 2015


From when to use an adverb to knowing how formal to take your language, line editing can be overwhelming but it doesn't have to be. Join Clark Chamberlain and Peter Turley as they talk with line editor Ariel Waite and …

Author Voice with Cindy Bennett - Episode 018

March 25th, 2015


In school you learn to write by all the rules. The rules of style and the rules of your instructor. All these rules can bury an author's voice. Cindy …

Non Fiction Editing with Dennis Nappi II - Episode 017

March 18th, 2015


This week join special guest Dennis Nappi II, author of, Service, A Soldier's Journey. Clark Chamberlain and Peter Turley talk with Dennis about the …

7 Plot Editing Tips - Episode 016

March 12th, 2015


Part four of four in the editing tips series. Clark Chamberlain and Peter Turley discuss seven actionable Plot Tips you can put right to work. These tips include:

Tension and Mystery
Perspective change

6 Character Editing Tips- Episode 015

March 1st, 2015


Continuing with part three of the four part series on editing tips. This week Clark Chamberlain and Peter Turley give you six great tips that you can use right now to edit your book for tighter character development and …

7 Line Editing Tips - Episode 014

February 20th, 2015


Is passive voice driving you mad? Are adverbs running wild through your pages? Does it feel like it will never end?
Line editing doesn't have to be a daunting task. Take each of the seven tips presented by Clark …

7 Book Editing Tips - 013

February 9th, 2015


Take action today to strengthen your work with 7 these book editing tips. 
This is the first in a four part series on editing tips. These have been designed to make it easy for you to put them right into action.
Clark …

Substantive Book Editing - Episode 012

February 2nd, 2015


Are your beta readers coming back with reports of holes in your story? Are there areas where logic seems to vanish?Learn how to do Substantive Book …

Choosing the Right Book Editor Episode 011

January 30th, 2015


A good editor will help you place the punctuation, a great editor will help you tell the best story possible. Clark Chamberlain and Peter Turley help you know what to look for when seeking out an editor and guide you …

Editing with Scenes and Sequels - Episode 010

January 23rd, 2015


Writing your novel using scenes is being thrown around the web on a regular basis. What does it mean and where did it come from? in 1965 Dwight Swain …

Emotional Character Arcs Episode 009

January 13th, 2015


An emotional character arc is the best way to connect your reader to your story. In episode 009 you will learn how to build these the right way for the greatest impact. Join Clark Chamberlain and Peter Turley as they …

Editing your Second Draft

January 7th, 2015


You've finished your first draft, now what? First drafts are often clunky and feel overwhelming to tackle. But just finishing it means you had the drive to write an entire novel. The second draft is where the real fun …

Word Choice - Episode 007

January 3rd, 2015


Words can give your writing multiple meaning or just lay there flat. It's up to you to make sure the words are the best choice possible. In Episode …

Increase Mystery and Tension in your Novel episode 006

December 31st, 2014


Every story needs to keep the reader engaged. Two ways to do this is through mystery and tension. On episode 006 Clark Chamberlain talks with long time editor Tristi Pinkston on ways to add the right about of mystery …

The Book Editor Show Episode 005 All About Chapters

December 20th, 2014


Clark Chamberlain and Peter Turley dissect the meaning of a chapter. They will look at what it can include, how to assemble it, getting chapters to cue in readers and how to use chapters to tell mini-stories.

The Book Editor Show Episode 004 Character Development

December 20th, 2014


Clark Chamberlain and Peter Turley show you how to build a better character. Understand the roles characters can play in a novel and how to get the …

The Book Editor Show Episode 003 Pacing

December 20th, 2014


Clark Chamberlain and Peter Turley discus the art of pacing. Learn how to structure dialogue, paragraphs and sentences for better reader engagement.

The Book Editor Show Episode 002 Structure and Plot

December 20th, 2014


Clark Chamberlain and Peter Turley explain the basics of structuring your novel by examining the common and uncommon methods of plot design.
Learn how to:

Start your story at the optimal moment
Build tension and excitement

The Book Editor Show Episode 001 Point of View

December 18th, 2014


In this episode Clark Chamberlain and Peter Turley have a point of view discussion with editor Rebecca Blevins. 
They discuss the elements of 1st, 2nd and 3rd, go into detail on 1st person protagonist description, delve …

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