I’m Back at Work

I hope your summer (if you’re in the northern hemisphere) was good to you. My editing brain has had a good rest over the past two months, although my writing brain has been quite busy.

As I embark on a fresh editing season, I’ll remind you of something I said in my last blog post — this year I will be focusing on copy editing and proofreading only, to give you my best and to keep a balance in my own life. Just for clarification, since I’ve had a couple of inquiries, I don’t do ghost writing.

For developmental/substantive/content editing (whichever term you prefer), I would refer you to the listing on the KidLit411 website. I can also recommend Jordan Rosenfeld, who is the author or co-author of several excellent books on writing.

I haven’t settled into a blogging routine yet, but if you sign up (see the side bar) you can make sure you don’t miss any posts.

In the meantime, and to introduce myself properly to new clients and readers, I’ll repeat some of my first blog post from a couple of years ago. Some of what I say below can be found in the “About Me” section of this website, but this gives a bit of the story behind the facts.

I want to tell you a bit about the attitude I bring to my editing, so that you can get to know the person behind Flubs2Fixes a little better. I’m a writer as well as an editor, so I understand how scary it can be to entrust your manuscript to a stranger.

When I started writing, I was too nervous to show what I wrote to anyone but the closest of friends or family. I was fearful of possible criticism. I knew that some people took classes or joined writers’ groups, but I couldn’t imagine having a virtual stranger reading and critiquing my work.

Then I learned about Emma Walton Hamilton, who was offering a writing class in the craft of picture book writing – Just Write for Kids – online. Online! I could take a class and not have to shiver and quake in front of others!

Emma’s gentle, encouraging teaching style not only taught me much about the craft of writing, but also made me feel safe enough to send my manuscript to her for a manuscript evaluation.

I admit to nervousness about reading the evaluation, but her comments were filled with insight, and the positivity and affirmation I’d found in her teaching was present in every comment and suggestion she made.

Over and over, I have been amazed at the way I am able to improve my manuscripts after receiving such editorial comments. A chance comment on the side of the page can get my brain churning with ideas!

Now, I find it exciting to send a manuscript off, knowing that the feedback will help in ways I could not have imagined.

This has certainly boosted my confidence in my writing ability. My experiences in the writing community have also increased my confidence in sharing my thoughts and knowledge.

All this has, I believe, helped me to become a better editor. After having such insightful and inspiring editing assistance for my own manuscripts, I want to provide the same encouragement to my clients.

The joy of editing for me is not pointing out errors, but rather is helping another writer to learn and grow and make his/her manuscript shine.

I find that all I learn with the goal of honing my own writing also makes me a better editor.

I continue to learn and to teach — as my mother often said, we are all teachers — and I love to help my editing clients learn more about the craft of writing through the comments and suggestions I make on their manuscripts.

As my clients could tell you, instead of just writing a quick comment – “comma here” – I often add the reason there should be a comma and sometimes give a link that leads to a longer explanation.

Tied to that desire to teach is my passion for connecting people with the right resources. I often suggest resources to clients during the editing or consulting process.

And, as I learned from Emma, I try to do all this with gentleness, with humor, and with a spirit of caring for the person and his/her manuscript.

I look forward to working with you as we seek to make your manuscript the best it can be!

From the crumpled pages of edited manuscripts, ideas break through!

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