Will you

Will you help me or tear me down?

Will you hold out your hand then steal my wallet?

Will you speak platitudes as you plunge the knife in my chest?

 

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35 thoughts on “Will you

      1. Welcome 🙂

        Been ok, had a bit of trouble finding my inner muse lately, all he/she/it wanted to do was write bad poetry and lash out at a few people and no stories came but I might have put that part of the muse in a box for a while.

        How have you been?

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              1. That’s great news, no one likes bad reviews but we do have to get them unfortunately.

                I’ve realised how much value and editor is when I read the first ‘edited’ chapter of my book. The editor did not change the story at all but she rearranged a lot of words and added more descriptive words to make it sound so much better.

                The thing is I knew what I wanted to say and said it, but what I said wasn’t always the best way of saying it and after reading it 1000 times I read what I thought was there, the editor read what was there.

                She’s worth her weight in gold, although that might be unfair because she’s not a heavy girl.

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                  1. I’m not sure how rates work over there, I’ve seen some that are down right scary and would make me wonder which path to take but the one thing I have realised is that editing for a publisher is different to editing for a self published book. Publishers will edit the crap out of the final copy with their own editing crew so you only have to sell the story to one person, self publishing you have to sell it to everyone so the edit pretty much has to be the final edit.

                    The path I took was to have the editor edit one chapter, me review it and see how she edited it then I went back and did another draft of the book taking into account her input and her edit. I obviously didn’t re-write as well as she edits but with her information I’m hoping I made the draft she got to edit require less editing. So in the end I did a heap of work based on her input of one chapter in the hope of making her job less for the rest of the book.

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                    1. Did your strategy work? Did you get a lesser rate? My problem is I can do the developmental editing, but not the mechanical editing. If a hyphen is missing, I won’t notice. If the plot has holes, I will notice. So I have to depend on grammar checkers to find the missing hyphens.

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                    2. I haven’t got a bill yet because it’s not done, but I’m also prepared to pay whatever she asks.

                      I used to think I only needed help with commas etc too but then I realised there is so much more to editing and I wasn’t being fair to the book by thinking a few commas and fullstops was all I needed an editor for.

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                    3. I’ve known my editor for years, before I even started writing my first book, but never chosen to employ her. However after whoring around my second novel, which I thought was at least good enough to get a reaction from a publisher I realised that no matter how much I liked it something was stopping it getting read and accepted. The story was there but the way it was told could be improved upon. So when I finished the third book which I was a lot happier with I decided whether it was self published or through a publisher I was going to give it every chance to make it’s mark and that meant letting it go and having someone edit it.
                      I know this edit wont be the final edit, especially if a publisher accepted it, but I also know that having someone who knows writing (a wordsmith for want of a better word) look at it there is a better chance of the story being compelling enough for people to want to read.

                      The only way I can describe it is that as a writer I have the scene in my head, but through writing it, reading it and editing it more times than I can count I might skip typos because the brain reads what it thinks is there. The same thing happens to the entire scene, the brain knows what it wanted there and begins to see it because it thinks that’s what is written but it’s not always the case. The editor sees that and edits what the authors mind can’t see. This happens a lot more than many authors can admit to themselves.

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                    4. This is why I want an editor. I’m afraid I’m not seeing the errors because I can’t help but focus on the big picture, the plot, the structure, characterization, etc. My day job is all about the big picture.

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                    5. I don’t think of what an editor does as fixing errors. Sure they fix typos but a far bigger thing they do is translate the authors brain into a readable story that they author is not always capable of doing themselves.

                      As my editor told me, “you did the hard work making the idea a story and making it a readable story, what I do is take that and make it palatable, not change it.”

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                    6. I’m doing that. However, how do I know if they are suggesting changes to make my writing sound like theirs? I sent my book to 4 editors. 3 said it needed just a little light editing. (2 of these editors are used by author friends of mine) the fourth wants me to rewrite the novel and do things differently. Since I have written most of the series already, this is not an option for me.

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                    7. Obviously you have to be happy with the edit which is why several free samples of what they can do are worth getting. I wouldn’t go with someone that wants the book re-written but the worst place an author can get into is thinking their work doesn’t need editing because they did it themselves, no one can read their own writing the way an independent person can. It’s like getting a review from your mother.

                      If it were me I’d take the free samples (5000 words should be more than enough) and read through each one, if you honestly can’t see the work any of them has done is an improvement then you just follow the path you are on, but if you review each one I’m sure you’ll find something positive after all an editor is not there to chance your plot or change your story, they are there to make your story more readable to the vox pop.

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          1. My book is still with the editor and I’m not rushing her. I have another novel 80% complete for the first draft but haven’t touched in for over a month so I’m just concentrating on writing, and writing craft with different ideas and stories.

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  1. Depend on what type of person you are and whether or not I like you haha. If it’s a friend, then of course I would help them. However if it’s someone I absolutely hate, then I may just not care about them and watch them suffer. Not necessarily tear them down, but not exactly help them either. I know, I’m a horrible person 😦
    I help people for the sake of helping them, not for personal gain. So no, I wouldn’t steal your wallet.
    Not too sure what platitude meant so I looked it up and I don’t think I would. Seems a bit pointless.

    Interesting questions haha!

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