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Need an Editor?

For those who don’t know, I’ve been buried in the final chapters of my draft for my upcoming novel, Swamp Ghosts. I’m happy to say that I’m close enough to the end to start the editing process on the beginning. Yay! I’m hoping to have this book published by the first of May, if all goes well.

In the meantime, I’m also happy to say my editor for Wake-Robin Ridge, Caitlin Stern, is once again going to be working with me. I can’t say enough good things about working with Caitlin. She was very accommodating and we were able to come up with an arrangement that was perfect for both of us. Her flexibility was wonderful, and she has mad skills, too.

In my case, I asked her to edit for typos, grammar, and general errors of the mechanical sort. Plus, she read the book as a reader would, and kept me honest when she felt my characters weren’t acting true to how I had described them. She never lopped out anything or replaced anything with her own words, which I would have hated. Instead, she circled and underlined and made suggestions in the margin, and let me make all the changes myself. If I was being repetitive, for instance, she would point out that something should probably be cut, and give me her thoughts on which sentence could be removed without changing my meaning. Ninety-nine times out of a hundred, I agreed with her and made the suggested changes. In the rare instance when I really preferred my way, and stood firm, she was good with that.

In short, she made me a better writer, but didn’t do it for me. I re-learned a lot of half-forgotten grammar rules that had long disappeared into the dark corners of my mind, and she gave me easy ways to remember them in the future, too. Hyphens are still my enemy, but I know Caitlin will be on the job and catch my mistakes.

If you are looking for a reasonably priced but very good editor, I hope you’ll think about contacting Caitlin. I’m sure you would enjoy working with her. You can reach her at Caitlin Stern Writes for more specific info

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8 thoughts on “Need an Editor?

  1. elizabeth on said:

    It’s really wonderful when you find someone to work with who helps but doesn’t take over. All the best with the editing. 🙂

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    • It sure is, Elizabeth. And someone you can trust, as well. We had a great partnership, and I’m happy to recommend her to others. Good to see you today. I’m hoping, as always, to get more blogging done, here. It’s amazing how writing books eats into my blog writing! 😀

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  2. I did not see the question mark and thought you were looking for an editor. You scared me for I know what a good job she has done. So good I’m glad.
    Ciao,Felix

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  3. Thanks, Marcia! You’re quite a pleasure to work with, too. Quite unlike some college students I dealt with over the years, who didn’t want to learn even the simplest rules.

    Though, honestly, there’s so many of them, I can’t imagine a writer that doesn’t need a reference book or three. 🙂

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    • Oh, yes, lots of reference books, and lots of great sites online to ask questions, too, but that personal, one-on-one editor who understands what you are trying to say is the BEST help of all. (That’s YOU, in case you didn’t recognize yourself.) You rock!! 🙂

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  4. Great post! I’m having my first go-round with an editor….

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    • I hope it is working well for you, AndShe. (I would call you by your initials, but it would make you sound like your user name was American Sign Language!

      😀

      If you are ever in the market again, contact Caitlin. I can’t say enough good things about her work. Good luck with your current project. And nice to see you here.

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