Because of how broadly ‘editing’ is defined and because it means different things to different people, I am often asked by new clients exactly what I will and won’t do. This is a great question and one that every writer needs to ask their editor.
There are many misconceptions about creating a book. The internet is rife with misinformation about self-publishing. I have seen newly self-published authors encounter great success.
They can’t stop thinking about it. They can’t stop talking about it. And they certainly can’t enter into something without the full lowdown on what to expect.
The greatest fear every writer has – worse than public humiliation, worse than being ignored – is that their editor will change so much about their original work that their voice will be lost completely.
Often in my editing work and just browsing online for research purposes, I read content that has the makings of being exceptional.
I’ve just spent the afternoon arguing online instead of writing this post. I didn’t mean for it to happen. Here, take a look at what I had planned for the day.
What happens if your editor stuffs up your voice? What if she doesn’t ‘get’ you, strips out your voice, removes your humour, makes it correct but not quirky… What then?
I thought I’d heard every fear in the book around hiring an editor, about writing an ebook, and about creating a product that the audience will love.
I spent Christmas 2013 alone in Fiji. Talk about doing stuff that brings up all your shit. It was the freaking weirdest, coolest, out-of-my-comfort-zone, face-my-fears trip I’ve ever done.
My oh my, was I naïve. This whole business thing didn’t go quite as I’d planned. Editing for a living is one thing. Being CEO of Me is a-whole-other-level kind of interesting.
In editing others’ attempts at beautiful expression, we have a choice. We can choose kindness or cruelty. Humour or spite. Warmth or harshness.
According to the internet, introverts think they’ve got it tough. And I don’t want to turn this post into a war on introversion. But I have an observation you might identify with.
There’s something you need to know. It’s your editor… She’s hiding something from you. It’s nothing ominous, don’t you worry. But it’s a secret nonetheless. And one I’m going to let out of the bag right now.
It’s weird, this phenomenon. Logically, you might think that writers become less and less likely to need or want an editor the more practised they become at their craft.
So you might have heard. You need an editor. Have you ever wondered what this actually means? Written on your to-do list ‘get an editor’? And then gone about your day putting it right out of your mind? Yep, me too.