Editor

Passion

The passion of writers. As an editor, I love listening to the words and passion of authors talking about his or her work. Today, I had the pleasure of talking to an author about her story. She spoke of the ways in which God lead her to write her book. She started with her ideas of what the book was going to be about and then heard an inspirational saying that lead her in a different direction for the first part of the book. Then another inspirational saying caused her to change her topic slightly for the second portion of the book.

Fun time

This coming Saturday I will be performing one of my favorite duties as an editor. I will be attending the Novel Crafters Seminar presented by HIS Writers ACFW. As part of the seminar, HIS Writers held a flash fiction contest. The top ten winners of the contest will be published in a special edition of Harpstring Magazine along with a special article by DiAnn Mills, the speaker at the Seminar. As the executive editor of Harpstring, I get the pleasure of announcing the winner of the contest.

One of the special things about this contest is we did something we didn’t tell the authors.

An Editor Thinks About Words

One of the things that editors tell authors is if they aren’t sure about the proper usage to be sure they are consistent. An example is if an author is not sure how to use italics according to a particular publisher’s policy, just be consistent so it will be easy for the publisher to make adjustments. However, this week I’ve been reading a manuscript which frustrated me even though there is consistency.

In this manuscript there are many references to where people are worshiping.

Genre - Information Dump

Today I’m writing while wearing my editor’s hat.

A while back I told a friend, another editor, that I was getting frustrated with reading books in the genre of information dump. Now this was kind of a joke because there is no such genre, but it seems I have been seeing a lot of manuscripts lately with a lot of information dumped on the reader.

One of the most common ways I see this happening is two people together in a car, talking to each other. One of the characters will spend several pages telling the other one about something.

Lots of Work To Do

Whew, I’m trying to catch my breath today. It has been a wild couple of weeks with a trip to the Colorado Christian Writers Conference in Estes Park, Colorado, followed by a trip to Wichita, Kansas, for my niece’s wedding. It all added up to a lot of time on the road and not much time to get work done. Now that I’m back home, I’m trying to get caught up on everything.

One of the things I enjoyed most about my travels was the writers’ conference. It was the first conference as an editor taking appointments from authors who want to get their work published.

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