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Sunday’s Blog of the Week: Caitlin Stern Writes

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Caitlin Stern is my good friend and my editor, as well, but that doesn’t mean I can’t be objective about her blog. I can be, and I am, and it’s a very nice place to visit. She posts various regular features throughout the week, such as Top Ten Tuesdays, and Weekend Writing Warriors, and these are always fun to check out. She also shares her thoughts on a variety of topics related to books and writing, and these are thought-provoking topics as well. But the best thing about Caitlin’s blog for me are the days when she shares a new poem.

Caitlin is a gifted poet whose observations can be touching and profound, or light-hearted and amusing. Or sometimes, a combination of both. No matter the mood of the poem, it is sure to speak to something in your soul. If you love poetry, as I do, I highly recommend checking out her blog. And even if you don’t, the other posts are certain to pull you in. I’m especially fond of her participation in Top Ten Tuesdays. One of these days I’m actually going to sign on to take part in that, myself, but until then, it’s always a treat to see how Caitlin tackles each week’s subject.

Stop by to see what’s happening at Caitlin Stern Writes, and be sure to tell her I said hello! You’ll enjoy yourself there.

Caitlin Stern Writes

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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