I'm not sure how many people who read this aren't also authors who understand the editing process, but if you're not a writer and wonder what it is authors look for when they're editing, or have read a book and thought "something's off with that" but can't figure out why, here's a GREAT video explaining things authors have to watch for. Be warned, it's ten minutes long, but it's chock full of good examples.
Holly Lisle has a whole series of books on plotting and writing dialogue, etc. She runs courses that writers can take, including a year long one called "How to Think Sideways."
**Edited** Sorry about the 'spillover' but YouTube has gone to these wide screens and they sure screw up Blogger.
Also if you have a chance, go over to Julia's A Piece of My Mind blog today. She's clearing up a few ... mis-statements by John McCain and Janet Napolitano. As a Canadian, I'm fed up with these continuing lies.