Four years later, I’m happy I can finally say the following.
Stay tuned for title, cover and back-of-the-book posts!
Don’t try to guess what sort of thing editors want to publish or what you think the country is in a mood to read. Editors and readers don’t know what they want to read until they read it. Besides, they’re always looking for something new.
– William Zinsser
A year ago, I wrote a post called “Everyone needs an editor – including me” which (to my delight) sparked some great conversation about the process of refining the storytelling process. Today, I stumbled across this short, simple video clip which, although it refers to film, does a great job explaining the symbiotic relationship between editors and content.
Perhaps more than anything, it drives home the point that writing and telling stories is not a one-person process. And that’s what I love about editing: working together to see the larger vision, identifying (and removing or revising) any content that takes away from that vision and refining the content into a beautiful story. I count it a great privilege to play a role in this process.
Shameless self-promotion: I love editing. Hit me up? 🙂
I have dropped the ball when it comes to posting. For that, I apologize.
I hate making excuses, but maybe this will help make it up to you.
I’m going through the final proofs of Eastbound Sailing, updating the print files and aiming to hit “Publish” by the end of next week. Also organizing some bookstore promo events. Even better, I’m planning a couple free giveaway contests. Yay for free stuff. 🙂 Read the rest of this entry »
“The writer who possesses the creative gift owns something of which he is not always master.” -Charlotte Brontë
I’ll admit that I’ve been putting off writing a new post until I had time to do so. Until I was ready to articulate some meaningful reflection.
Lately I’ve been so consumed with writing that the last thing I wanted to do was blog. I just finished off a big assignment at work on Monday and have been spending much of my time on my book project, leading up to a *tentative* launch by the end of April. The more I research self-publishing, the more I realize how much work is still ahead of me. Read the rest of this entry »