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Hi, everyone. I was recently interviewed about my life as a book editor.
"A writer enters into a partnership when hiring an editor. The two become a team, both with the same goal in sight. I don’t attempt to change the writer’s voice or intent. I take the work I’m given and build on it, making sure it’s not full of errors that will turn off the reader. Working with an indie editor is quite different than working with a big editing company. When indie editors and writers work together, there’s much more leeway in how the process proceeds."
Read the full interview over at the Murder Lab.
From Susan's Desk
I have always been intrigued by the written word; I suppose that's why I ended up with a semi-useless degree in English Literature. During my 29 years as an educator, I was the go-to editor/proofreader for countless students, colleagues, and friends. Today as the Program Assistant at Bay Area Turning Point, a nonprofit that provides shelter and recovery services for women and children who are victims of domestic violence and sexual assault, I still find myself as the unofficial agency proofreader, editing and revising agency letters, documents, and webpage articles for my colleagues. As a reader, I have always been tormented by the little things I stumble across in books: misspelled words, typos, grammar errors, etc. When Richard Stephenson published the sneak peek of his debut novel, Collapse, I took a look, then stopped. The storyline had pulled me in, but the grammatical problems drove me nuts! I emailed him and offered to do some editing - and here we are!
Back in the good ol' days, writers didn't have the option to self-publish. Things have changed, thankfully, and writers are putting their blood, sweat, and tears into writing projects that can now be made available to the public without the need for a big-time publishing house's seal of approval. That's where a good independent editor comes into the picture; that's where I can help you. Take a look at the services I have to offer and contact me for further information.
I'm excited for Richard and honored to be the editor of this awesome debut novel!
You Need an Editor!
From Richard Stephenson, author of Collapse
You need an editor. Don't kid yourself and think that you can do it on your own. Having some friends and family read your material does not count as editing. You need a professional. Susan Hughes not only corrected grammar and typos, she helped me mold "Collapse" into what it is today. She helped me to clear the fog out of the story and amped the pace into overdrive. Susan's dedication, enthusiasm, and motivation is what sets her above the rest.
More Information on Collapse (published July, 2012)