Just sharing this Nonfiction Monday post featuring my Q&A with PURE GRIT author Mary Cronk Farrell.
Suzanne Williams, my friend and fellow Online Author Visits member wrote a great blog post describing how she and her coauthor redeemed a villainous character from previous books in their series in order to help readers accept the character as the protagonist in a new story. Fun!
As a copy editor of book manuscripts, I bill myself as a "second line of defense on story issues." That came about because that's what a significant percentage of my clients say they want—someone who will not only clean up spelling, grammar, style and sentence structure, but point out storytelling implausibilities and inconsistencies. I've done lengthy story critiques upon request.
You may want to do only one kind of editing. But you should have the skills to do more, and exercise them from time to time to stay sharp and make yourself as appealing as possible to potential clients.
The newsroom executives I most respected were the kind who were able—and willing—to help short-staffed newsrooms by jumping in and pulling a page-design or copy-editing shift here and there. Similarly, you'll find that many of your clients will appreciate your willingness to demonstrate your versatility and not pass them off to another editor simply because their needs don't fit entirely within your self-prescribed parameters.
I am a children's book author of more than 80 works, including nonfiction picture books, early chapter books, graphic novels, and YA self-help and biography. I am currently working on a YA historical novel and a humorous picture book.
I also run a freelance writing and editing business, which I launched in 2002 after a decade as an in-house editor. I specialize in creating books, articles, and supplemental curriculum materials for the children's trade and K–12 education markets.
Professional affiliations include SCBWI, Authors Guild, PNWA, and EFA, for whom I serve as Facebook page admin and Seattle chapter coordinator.
- University of Iowa
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