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Why one should get (hire) an Editor

 

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November has started to become a distant memory and your completed manuscript has been sitting in your computer file awaiting those final touches. You’ve already read it two, three, maybe four times. You’ve powered through the feedback from your beta readers (if you decided to use them) and made your own set of yet another round of revisions and edits. What now?

Now comes the next step–getting an editor.

Beta readers are more per choice, but getting an editor should be a given, no buts or ifs about it. If you majored in English, maybe it’s your second major, or have a family member who is an editor then you might get lucky and not have to hire an editor. Though keep in mind that some recommend or prefer that you hire someone outside of the family and friend circles, this mainly falls into the same conclusion that those who know you could be biased of your work. If you edit your manuscript you still could miss things, best be safe outsource.

With that said, lets go over the various types of editors. In our last After NANOWRIMO Step we provided a link to Devil in the Details Editing Services’ Am I the right editor for you? section where she explains each type of editing/editor. If you haven’t checked it out we recommend that you do, very informative.

Let’s recap for those who haven’t read it.

Content editor– think big picture, overlooks plot, characterization, voice and setting.

Line editor – think of a fine-tooth comb, they check everything from grammar, spelling, consistency, to word usage. They edit line by line, word by word.

Copy Editor – think entire picture, they work on the formatting, style and fact-checking to ensure clarity and easy flow of the story. Line and Copy Editing tend to be approached as one type of editing and thus their definitions mix and blend together.

Can’t afford one? Or don’t know where to start looking?

I already mentioned one many times over, Devil in the Details Editing Service, and then there is my indie publisher, BigWorldNetwork. BWN pretty much does it all for you, editing, cover design, formatting. Think you can present your work as a serial first and then a finished book? Try them out!

How about searching on Facebook or other social media networks? Just be careful and make sure they check out.

Here are a few that were recommended (keep in mind I have not used any of them as of yet): Hearts on Fire Editing, Keene-Eye Editing, Wide Eyed Editing, Kate’s Ye Olde Booke Cover Shoppe and author Heather Kirchhoff also edits.

All in all, an editor improves your story and helps present it at a more professional level.

And there you have it, this step is the scariest but the easiest to overcome when you find the editor that works for you. Don’t forget to come back to tackle our next step, cover design, and thus when we finally reveal our big surprise. Hint: the step tells all. 🙂

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And the Winners are…

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November is officially done and over with. December is here. Do I hear Saint Nick? Is that the sound of wrapping paper I hear?

How did you do? Did you pass that 50,000 word count like a pro or did you cross that finish line by the nose? Even if you didn’t hit that required word goal having written anything is an accomplishment all on its own. Words don’t write themselves. Stories don’t tell themselves. Ok maybe that last one does, but it needs you, the writer, to share it with the rest of us.

So, if you hit that dreaded 50,000th word go get those well deserved banners, print out that award, and grin like the awesome badass that you are. You wrote 50,000 words!

If you fell short, don’t sweat it. Your story is still there, listen to it and write the rest. Use the hype, the tips, and the tools you gathered during NaNoWriMo and power on through.

In whatever category you fall into, November was hectic to say the least. What still awaits you might have you wanting to hibernate for the rest of the year, heck maybe even well into next year. Where are my warm blankets?

What exactly awaits you?

  • Revising
  • Editing
  • Book Cover hunting (or designing if you also enjoy that part of the creative process)
  • Formatting
  • Submitting
  • Uploading (if you go the self publishing route)
  • Marketing & Promoting
  • Author Platform (hopefully you started this before November)

The list goes on. Working on a novel doesn’t end when you’ve written it.

Catch a snooze, a well overdue long nap and hop right back to it. You worked hard, now share that hard work with us. I want to read your story, so let me. 🙂

And here is my total word count: 50734

Do I hate every word I wrote? Maybe? But I will tell you this, I dislike them less than the words I still need to write. 🙂

Thanks for taking this challenge with me, for making this journey momentous. This was my first year finishing NaNoWriMo and I look forward to sharing the next one with you. But don’t disappear just yet, there is much more to come. I will be tackling the to-do list above and plan to hold a very nice surprise here soon as another way to say thanks.

So don’t go away or you’ll miss out. And why not share your final word count with us?

Season Two Promo Launch Day Two

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Today’s promo launch is very special. We have an interview with Meagan Hedin who is the editor of the series. Enjoy!

First off, I would like to say that I read your book Accidental Passion: Seduction. Big fan. And I’ve enjoyed every moment working on A Prince From Another World with you. Your feedback is a treasure trove all on its own. Now that we have my fan girl moment out of the way, let’s get down to what you do. You’re both a writer and an editor. How do you pull that off?

Very carefully! Since I have so many things I juggle even aside from all the BWN stuff, I have kept my sanity mostly intact by keeping a weekly “To-Do” list. It helps me keep track of audio and edits that are due and helps me stay on top of my school work. Though, sadly, housework has been sorely neglected since I went back to school and had my first child. Priorities, right? 😉

Why did you decide to dive into the editing world?

Well, a very good friend of mine (Amanda Meuwissen) started telling me about this brand new online publishing company that she found that specialized in serialized works back in 2011. As she became more involved with the startup of the company, my interest was piqued and I offered my services in any capacity she saw fit. It just so happened that she needed the most help with editing as she had very few editors who were comfortable with written works that were of a more graphic or violent nature. While she does read every single piece of written for BWN, she asked for a second pair of eyes to go over submissions that had been selected for publication. As a self-proclaimed Grammar Nazi and a life-long avid reader, I jumped at the chance to help out.

What interested you the most about this particular area of the writing process?

I am truly fascinated with the editing process as a whole. I really enjoy seeing the progression of each episode from its initial submission to finished product.

15983_wpm_lowresHow long have you been in the editing business?

I’ve been with BWN since their startup in fall 2011, so about that long. I do also have experience as a tutor in the Writing Center of a local community college.

What is your work schedule like when you’re editing? Are you currently only working on A Prince From Another World or balancing a few other series on top of that one?

As far as editing is concerned, I currently only have A Prince from Another World and Incubus on my plate. I also do the audio for your lovely book, as well. 😉

How do you start your process in editing a book (or an episode like it is in this case with BigWorldNetwork)?

As an editor for BWN, I am typically the first person to read through it once an author has submitted their episode (or chapter, if you will). During my initial read-through, I like to just give it a go and see what happens. That first time through, I’m only really looking at the larger picture. I attempt to ensure that there are no inconsistencies of fallacies within the work without smothering or changing the author’s voice; I want to make sure that the author hasn’t changed an important detail without explanation, that the laws of nature are obeyed unless the theme or style of the story allows them to be bent, and I also try to ensure that future readers are able to easily comprehend. I then go through the episode a second time, looking more closely at spelling and grammar and organization. Then, I usually go through it all at least once more to see if any changes I’ve made help or hurt the story.

How many books have you edited? Which has been your favorite so far if I may be so bold to ask? Don’t feel pressured that you have to say it is mine, we all know it’s mine. Right? Right…?

Wow, um, I’m gonna have to go count all the ones I have archived…

Including the two books I edit now, I have edited a total of 18 works from BWN. As far as a favorite goes, I think I would have to say The Collector. I’m sorry! o_O

Do you have a preference of genre when it comes to editing?

I have always been a fan of works of fiction, but that’s about the only true restriction or preference. I enjoy reading Science Fiction and Fantasy, Thriller, Horror, Mystery, Romance, you name it!

How do you go about selecting what works you edit?

I have to admit I don’t really have a “selection process”. One of the perks of being really good friends with the managing editor is that she typically just sends me stuff that she knows is right up my alley.

Who is your favorite character from A Prince From Another World and why? Couldn’t resist another self-plug here.

There should be no shame in self-plugs. 😉 My favorite character from Prince would have to be Grayson. His description makes him sound really hot, he’s got magic, and he’s so very self-assured and capable. I can’t wait until we find out more about his backstory…

Give us an interesting fun fact about the current series or series you are editing.

I find it interesting that both A Prince from Another World and Incubus are Fantasy/Supernatural Gay Romance.

Can you share some interesting incidents you’ve befallen while editing a series? What writing hysterias have you stumbled upon?

Without naming names, there was one story I once edited that had absolutely abysmal grammar, spelling, and punctuation. And to top it off, each episode was ten pages or more! I used to get very frustrated with this particular series because I found it so difficult to try and find the author’s voice amidst the chaos. This was one story that typically required a few exchanges back and forth between editor and author, as the suggestions I made were apparently not what the author wanted.

What is the most common mistake you see an author make that drives you insane? Ok, maybe not insane. I’m probably the only one that does that to you.

I guess that biggest thing that drives me insane is when people (not just authors) make assumptions. I truly believe that each story, no matter how far-fetched or off-the-wall, requires research. Without research, without discovering true facts that readers can recognize and relate to, I have found that authors can lose their audience. And since I’m usually one of the first ones to read an episode, I try to make sure that doesn’t happen. Though I sadly don’t know everything, so doing your research on an unfamiliar topic or talking to someone with first-hand experience is a definite plus! 😉

writingDo you have any suggestions or tips to help an aspiring author become a better writer? If so, what are they?

Write every day. It doesn’t matter if what you write is the next chapter of your soon-to-be bestseller or a poem or a grocery list, if you don’t get it out, the ideas and thoughts may dissipate. Just like with muscles, if you don’t use it, you lose it!

What is the hardest part of editing a book? 

Hmmm, I guess I don’t really find it hard, to be honest. Aside from my one horrible experience that I mentioned earlier, I truly enjoy the experience. I’m reading – I’m doing something that I love and I get to help other people achieve their dreams.

What is the biggest thing that people THINK they know about the editing process, that isn’t so?

It’s more than just checking for spelling and grammar! Like I said before, we’re also looking for plot-holes and story inconsistencies. We make sure the story is solid and encourage the writer to make changes and revisions to reflect the vision that we see reflected on paper (or computer screen, as it were…)

What is the most important thing that people DON’T know about the editing process, which they need to know?

It takes more than one read-through and we will still not catch all the mistakes. We’re human, not spell-checkers. Especially in the world of Fiction, where rules are made to be broken and words can be made up, we are wholly and completely fallible. For example, do you really expect us to catch each misspell of the dragon name Gvort, or Gavon, or whatever you call him when we’re busy falling in love with your story?

What projects are you working on at the moment?

Sadly, most of my projects are on hiatus at the moment. I have three works for BWN that are still in the early planning and organizing stage and they will have to stay there until after the New Year. I am in my final semester of Nursing School and most of my leftover energy and focus is directed towards completing my studies with minimal damage to my psyche.

What social locales do you frequent? Not that I want to know where to stalk you or anything of the sort, it’s just so people know where to go if they want to find out more about your works.

You can find me on Facebook just about every day. I also have an author profile on Goodreads and you can find my book on either the BWN website or on Amazon.

And last but not least, what are your plans for the future? Will we have the chance to read more of your own works in the months to come?

Oh don’t you fret, I have more on the horizon. I just ask that you be patient. I have more stories I need to share!

Thanks Meagan for taking the time to join us for this interview and for sharing a glimpse into the editing world. Once again it was a pleasure to have you stop by and a delight to read your book Accidental Passion: Seduction. For those who haven’t read it yet the book is currently available in paperback, eBook, and audio. Links on where to buy it are posted below.

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Buy paperback and e-Book on Amazon

Buy Audio Book on BigWorldNetwork

About the Editor

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Meagan Hedin is the author and narrator of Accidental Passion: Seduction. She is also an editor for BigWorldNetwork. She has edited various stories for BWN and is currently editing A Prince From Another World and the Incubus Saga.

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Catching up on reading

It has been a while since I last posted one of these.

I have been keeping myself busy with writing and drawing so there is only one new book in fiction that I am currently reading. 🙂

RoansFall

Yup, another book on werewolves. After all I am still working on my own werewolf book, reading other books of the same genre helps. Plus, I prefer werewolves over vampires. Don’t ask me why, I just do. 🙂

And in nonfiction…

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This is another great book from Writer’s Digest. It is very useful in the sense that you can flip through it and read the areas you need or keep going back to those you already read for a fresh reminder.

editingmadeeasy

A writer should never go without an editing book. This book contains a great deal of easy to follow examples.

What books are you reading?