The Book Editor Show

The Book Editor Show
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 build a better book.

Editing Your Subplot or B Story
Oct 30 • 48 min
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 your subplot actually matters and…
Plot versus Story Structure
Oct 23 • 36 min
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 original and still the best outline…
Of Struggle the Return and Onward
Oct 16 • 37 min
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 going next.
New Shows New Opportunities
Oct 9 • 1 min
So excited to announce that starting October 16th there will be new episodes of the Book Editor Show each Wednesday, with Peter Turley. There’s also an opportunity for you. If you would like to be a regular part of the Book Editor Show we are looking for…
Editing Your Life Story and Negative Self Talk
Jul 15, 2018 • 59 min
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 beliefs? Editing story isn’t limited to the words on a page, you have the power to edit your life story. When…
Choosing the Right Point of View
Mar 8, 2018 • 33 min
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 or even leave out depending on both the audience and the story being told. From Clark Chamberlain’s…
How to Edit 1st Act with Thor Ragnarok
Mar 1, 2018 • 35 min
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 powerful protagonist. Want to make your…
Special Edition Why Does Wonder Woman Act 1 Work
Sep 9, 2017 • 26 min
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 Clark Chamberlain as he explores act 1 of the new Wonder Woman film. Spoiler alert!…
Developmental Editing What It Is And Why You Need It
Aug 31, 2017 • 21 min
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 19, 2017 • 34 min
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 storyverse. Get 50% off Clark’s new course: Advanced Novel Writing with Harry Potter. Use the coupon…
Feb 6, 2017 • 2 min
Get Published in 2017
Dec 31, 2016 • 36 min
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. Today Clark and Peter discuss what you should consider when submitting to agents and publishers, what the…
Edit your Setting to Create Horror
Dec 20, 2016 • 33 min
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 conjure images. Grab secrets from the silver screen to use on the page. Make the most of the new year with…
Sacrifice and Killing Characters
Dec 16, 2016 • 14 min
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 this an more today with Clark…
Editing your Book with the Power of Three
Nov 14, 2016 • 22 min
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 relationships, try/fail cycles, additional…
3 Easy Exercises to Edit your World Building
Nov 4, 2016 • 40 min
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 Idaho whichever the case these tools…
Making Monsters a World Building Bible Creature Feature
Oct 17, 2016 • 28 min
Making Monsters: a World Building Bible Creature Feature. We’re talking all about monsters, creatures and aliens. How you can make yours unique by examining the world they live in and turning an old idea on its head. This is part one in our world building…
Editing Past and Present Tense 1st Person POV
Sep 29, 2016 • 35 min
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 like to add two new effective techniques to your writer’s toolkit? Did you ever notice the dwarf in Jane…
4 Tips to Edit Nonfiction
Sep 22, 2016 • 38 min
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 you on the right path, get your nonfiction book ready, and keep you out of legal trouble.
The Rebirth - 7 Basic Plots
Sep 16, 2016 • 29 min
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. Rebirth is all about the main character…
Editing Short Stories for Publication
Aug 31, 2016 • 38 min
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 can put to work today. Join Clark…
Edit and Understand your Characters Desire and How to Abuse Them
Aug 25, 2016 • 34 min
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 edit each situation.…
Raise the Stakes: Edit your Manuscript to be a Page Turner
Aug 18, 2016 • 38 min
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 the problems for your characters and…
Book Review of Writing the Breakout Novel by Donald Maass
Aug 12, 2016 • 35 min
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 find in this book is connecting with…
Editing Point of View
Aug 4, 2016 • 40 min
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 reading experience.…
Editing Fantasy 3 Elements you Must include
Jul 28, 2016 • 33 min
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 fantasy author must pay attention to in…
Editing Thrillers 3 Elements you Must Include
Jul 22, 2016 • 35 min
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 in your thriller manuscript.…
Script Editing with Jacob Larch
Jul 7, 2016 • 41 min
Join us today as we look at the world of screenwriting with Jacob Larch.
How to Amp Up your First 20 Pages for Submission
Jun 30, 2016 • 37 min
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 miss!
Writing and Editing Dialogue with Leslie Watts
Jun 23, 2016 • 37 min
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 great tips on how to write…
Journaling for Writers
Jun 16, 2016 • 29 min
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 Gut: Writing Fiction with Emotional…
Self Editing for Writers by Browne and King a Review
Jun 9, 2016 • 47 min
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, but it will make you more proficient and should save you money. Today we review Self-Editing for Writers by…
Joanna Penn Shares her Process for Excellently Edited Books
Jun 2, 2016 • 40 min
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 in that success. This was an excellent show. Both Peter and I are grateful to have such an incredible…
Worldbuilding 3 Pitfalls to Avoid
May 26, 2016 • 34 min
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 19, 2016 • 42 min
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 12, 2016 • 36 min
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, how to put them to work for you and why this book should be on your shelf.
90 Day Professional Challenge
May 5, 2016 • 35 min
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
Apr 22, 2016 • 32 min
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 and more on this episode of the…
Q&A Killing Main Characters, Writing Synopsis, Which Book First
Apr 15, 2016 • 11 min
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 a Synopsis killing Main Characters…
Partnerships with Editors and Authors
Apr 8, 2016 • 29 min
Today Clark Chamberlain and Peter Turley discuss the importance of understanding the roles authors and editors agree to when working together. What should you expect from an editor? How should you treat authors? What about deadlines? Is the editor always…
Editing for Mystery Tension and Conflict
Mar 23, 2016 • 38 min
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
Feb 10, 2016 • 44 min
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 drop story lines that aren’t working in your book.
Developmental and Structural Editing with Leslie Watts
Feb 2, 2016 • 39 min
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 Developmental Editing why you…
The Boys are Back
Jan 23, 2016 • 33 min
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 out Peter’s Udemy class Change your…
How You Can Write a Novel in 30 days
Nov 16, 2015 • 53 min
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
Nov 4, 2015 • 33 min
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 their 10 best survival tips so that…
Critique Groups and Beta Readers with M. Todd Gallowglas
Oct 29, 2015 • 32 min
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 either. Clark Chamberlain and Peter Turley talk with author M. Todd Gallowglas about how to get the most…
Editing the Short Story with Gregory Norris
Oct 14, 2015 • 37 min
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 Peter Turley as they talk to the…
Tragedy: the Seven Basic Plots
Oct 1, 2015 • 29 min
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 Chamberlain and Peter Turley talk about all this and more.
the Comedy - Editing the 7 Basic Plots
Aug 25, 2015 • 33 min
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 up difficult subjects and dig deep…
Voyage and Return - Editing the 7 Basic Plots
Aug 18, 2015 • 38 min
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? Find out if it is and how you can…
The Quest - Editing the 7 Basic Plots - Episode 31
Aug 13, 2015 • 33 min
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 main elements, what can you change…
Rags to Riches - Editing the 7 Basic Plots - Episode 030
Aug 6, 2015 • 29 min
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 book, what elements should be contained and how to pace the story.
Overcoming the Monster - Editing the 7 Basic plots Episode 029
Jul 31, 2015 • 31 min
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, if it does how to make it unique and…
Adding a New Chapter to your Finished Draft - Episode 028
Jul 24, 2015 • 31 min
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 process of connecting together your new chapter so it connects with the rest of your book
Episode 027 - Find Beta Readers and the right way to use their feedback
Jul 17, 2015 • 34 min
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
Jul 10, 2015 • 43 min
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 while Peter demonstrates taking lists…
Editing Comics - Episode 25
Jun 25, 2015 • 36 min
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 history.If you’ve ever wanted to see…
Live Editing Part 2 - Episode 24
Jun 19, 2015 • 40 min
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 bringing forth a fitting ending for the…
Live Editing - Episode 23
May 26, 2015 • 61 min
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 of three, they go through the…
Catching Up and Random Word Choice - Episode 22
May 20, 2015 • 32 min
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
Apr 23, 2015 • 22 min
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 is your show. Learn practical ways to stay motivated or find new motivation to go back and get your…
Series Editing with Bryan Cohen - Episode 20
Apr 8, 2015 • 34 min
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 is about to release his fourth. Join Clark Chamberlain and Peter Turley as the discuss with Bryan the…
Line Editing with Ariel Waite - Episode 019
Mar 31, 2015 • 34 min
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 get the inside scoop on how to make…
Author Voice with Cindy Bennett - Episode 018
Mar 25, 2015 • 34 min
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 Bennett gives you the inside information on how to bring that voice back out so you’re not lost in a…
Non Fiction Editing with Dennis Nappi II - Episode 017
Mar 18, 2015 • 35 min
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 difficulties of Non-Fiction editing and delivering the right message.
7 Plot Editing Tips - Episode 016
Mar 12, 2015 • 39 min
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: Pacing Tension and Mystery Endings Perspective change Exposition Chapter starts and ends…
6 Character Editing Tips- Episode 015
Feb 28, 2015 • 32 min
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 emotional arc.…
7 Line Editing Tips - Episode 014
Feb 20, 2015 • 37 min
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 Chamberlain and Peter Turley and put them…
7 Book Editing Tips - 013
Feb 9, 2015 • 47 min
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 Chamberlain and Peter Turley give you…
Substantive Book Editing - Episode 012
Feb 2, 2015 • 45 min
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 Editing and make all those troubles go away.Clark Chamberlain and Peter Turley discuss the merits of…
Choosing the Right Book Editor Episode 011
Jan 30, 2015 • 36 min
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 around the pitfalls that will end up…
Editing with Scenes and Sequels - Episode 010
Jan 23, 2015 • 41 min
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 wrote a book, Techniques of the Selling Writer. The fact that people pull from this today is a good sign…
Emotional Character Arcs Episode 009
Jan 12, 2015 • 32 min
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 dig deep into the core of your…
Editing your Second Draft
Jan 7, 2015 • 39 min
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 begins. In Episode 008 you will learn…
Word Choice - Episode 007
Jan 3, 2015 • 31 min
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 007 Clark Chamberlain and Peter Turley give you the tools to make better word choices. They discuss what…
Increase Mystery and Tension in your Novel episode 006
Dec 31, 2014 • 35 min
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 and tension to your novel.
The Book Editor Show Episode 005 All About Chapters
Dec 19, 2014 • 30 min
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
Dec 19, 2014 • 32 min
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 most out of them. Learn techniques to improve your characters for readers to connect with. Develop…
The Book Editor Show Episode 003 Pacing
Dec 19, 2014 • 31 min
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
Dec 19, 2014 • 33 min
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 Create islands for readers to…
The Book Editor Show Episode 001 Point of View
Dec 18, 2014 • 37 min
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 into deep POV and help you pick the…