What Can Editing Do for Me?
Editing is the process by which a book is transformed from a hefty handful of coal—full of weight and promise—into a brilliant diamond, admired by readers the world over.
Is your novel languishing in the slush pile? Have you been receiving rejections from agents and publishers (or worse, no response at all)?
Have you considered that it might not be you—it might be your (lack of) editor?
Agents and publishers make snap decisions on manuscripts every day. If your work isn’t the best they’ve seen—and best by far—why would they select it over the other 1500 submissions threatening to topple over on their desks?
In a world as competitive and ever-changing as publishing, authors (especially new ones) need as much help as they can get.
Luckily, editors have a particular superpower: the ability to laser through language. This brilliance may or may not be paired with a prickly personality, square glinting glasses, and the tendency toward steaming cups of tea. Chances are good that a true editor will not be able to resist correcting public announcements such as Your on Camera. She may also have a semicolon tattooed discreetly on her body.
Regardless of the exterior packaging, an editor’s job is to help you take your book from a final draft-in-progress to something seamless, professional and gorgeous. Something agents and publishers won’t be able to resist.
Do you think you’re ready to find your editing partner? Please go ahead and submit an Inquiry.
Still not sure? Maybe a trip to our Services page will help you out.
The best moments for me as an editor are when I learn that another one of my authors has hit the Amazon bestseller list. I get a little thrill scanning the rankings and seeing the amazing reviews. As a seasoned editor, I know what it takes to help authors reach lofty goals. As an author myself, I know what the critique process feels like from your point of view.
Some of my favourite people to work with are creative academics: students who’ve taken MFAs or PhDs in creative writing and now need help to bring those novels into the real world. Degrees in creative disciplines often encourage a high degree of innovation and experimentation—which makes for an exciting process. Unfortunately, these experimental works can be hard to sell.
There’s a big gap between academia and publishing—luckily I’m a bridge. J
When I’m not editing books, I am pursuing my PhD in creative writing from Lancaster University in the UK—exploring institutions for people with developmental disabilities during the Victorian era.
My hobbies include taking my toddler to wacky travel destinations, and gleefully cataloguing the strange and wonderful differences between American and British English.