should one expect from a content editor? Blog post from Aug 12th.
in my content edit that I had done for my newest book. I finished the work earlier
today and I’m still gritting my teeth.
above. Then you’ll know that this editor totally had me reeling from her
caustic comments, her dissing of my characters and basically just not getting
the whole context of my story.
continuous sideline blurbs, it finally dawned on me that the poor girl had no
idea where my characters were coming from and what they were all about, nor did
she get the story.
stupidity is replaced with a tiny sprinkling of intelligence. It happened to me
and I literally smacked my forehead in self-recrimination. How could I have
been so remiss?
from the publisher I’d set my heart on, I’d turned for sympathy to another
author I hold in high esteem. When she told me she’d been so happy with her
content edit from this particular editor, I jumped on her suggestion that I
write to this person and see if she would have time for my work.
come she had an empty schedule and could take my work immediately.
writer of Urban Fantasy which is a far cry from Romantic Suspense.
this editor was also a writer and I never took the time to see what she wrote
and whether or not, I even liked her style or her voice.
daze, I did the homework I should have done before hiring her. I would have saved
myself this grief. I looked her up on Amazon and it turns out, she’s a YA
author with a few books written and no sales to speak of.
What was I thinking? Of course the poor girl didn’t appreciate my
story. It’s so far from what she loves and writes that I’m surprised she accepted
my work in the first place.
work, I dozed off. By the time I’m at that point in my books, I’ve already
killed someone off, had the two main characters meet and sparks ignite and if a
conflict hadn’t already exploded, it wouldn’t be long.
is this. I deserved to have this experience. I’d never have hired her if I’d
have done my homework in the first place. I shared this with you because I
hoped you’d learn from my mistakes.
the way I had. I fixed those spots, made them better… stronger. She pointed out
places where she wanted more romance and I worked harder to develop those scenes.
And, because she really labored over my book—I’m talking every line—I owe
her a huge thank you for trying so very hard to do the best she could.
In the end, she was the professional.
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