In 2006, at the Missouri Writers' Guild Conference in Kansas City, I attended a presentation by editor Cheryl Klein . Cheryl is a Missouri gal working in New York at Arthur A. Levine Books, a division of Scholastic, Inc. Cheryl is continuity editor for the U.S. editions of Harry Poter books. Yes, that Harry Potter!
Her talk in Kansas City about the essentials of plot was inspired--and inspiring. As I listened to her talk, I scribbled notes, even though she told us her notes would be available on line, and I sat in awe at her wisdom and generosity. Since the conference, I have visited her website frequently and am never disappointed with the information she has posted there. I highly recommend writers of any genre to visit her website--often. The website is a gold mine of writing, editing and publishing information. Especially helpful are the verbatim texts of conference presentations she has made around the country.
Because I'm writing a young adult novel, I'm particularly interested in what Cheryl has to say about editing. Here's a link to her post on “The Art of Detection: One Editor’s Tips for Analyzing and Revising Your Novel.”