Showing posts from February, 2011

An Advice Post? From Me? You Bet--How To Make Edits Work For You

You bet your sweet patootey.

Normally, I talk on this blog as a writer.  Today, I'm putting on the editor's hat, so take a deep breath and get ready.

Let's talk about edits, and how to make the process work for you.

The editing process is a collaboration between an editor and author to make a good book into a great book.  This fact is something that professional writers--and editors--inherently understand.  Without that collaboration, the quality of the story is diminished.  But unfortunately, I'm seeing a disturbing trend among writers that look upon editing--or even critiques/beta reads--as insults.

First off, if you can't take criticism you're in the wrong darn business.  How are you going to handle rejection, which is a major part of any writer's life, if you can't take criticism?  Exactly. You won't. As you approach the editing process, you need to stop and check yourself.  Regardless of who accepted your work for publication, I can guarantee …

I Can't Believe I've Been This Busy...But I Have

I have never taken this long off from blogging since I began way back in the day.  To be honest, I should be ashamed.  And I am.  So, as a Valentine's Day present from me to you, the Elf Killing desk is back open and ready for business.

Because that's what I've been dealing with--lots and lots of business.

To start off with...the big news.  As the result of a pitch I did at the World Fantasy Covention, I am now agented!  Cherry Weiner, of the Cherry Weiner Literary Agency, now represents all my work!  So while she has manuscripts of mine off on submission, I'm working double time to get more of my backlog of manuscripts ready to go out.  This is one of the great things about having a backlog of manuscripts ready to go.  Many of them I could have consigned to e-publication if they didn't attract interest in the querying process.  But, because I held on to those manuscripts, now I have a lot of work to present to my agent and that's a great thing.

So therefore, a…