Monday, March 26, 2012

Need an Editor?

We're all blind to our own mistakes, and a fresh pair of eyes can do wonders for our manuscripts. Even an editor needs an editor if she's also a writer, as I've discovered. Here are a few who have worked with me in the past:

Suzanne Hartmann, of Write this Way, is the author of a new Christian suspense novel called Peril, a terrific page turner set in the world of NASCAR. Suzanne is also one of my fellow editors on staff at Port Yonder Press. She worked with me on Give the Lady a Ride, and excelled at sentence structure evaluation. Her critique offerings center around polishing style, sentence structure, and flow.

Lisa Lickel (with a blog bearing her name) is a multi-published, award-winning author of Christian romance and devotionals. Her newest, The Map Quilt, debuts April 27, 2012, a novel that combines mystery and history to come up with a stunning reading adventure. She too is an editor on staff with Port Yonder Press and has a keen eye for logistics--things in the plot itself that contradict or don't work.

Canadian editor Cathi-Lyn Dyck, of Scienda Editorial, is not currently a published author, but she is, however, the editor of two award-winning novels, not to mention novels that have finaled in some pretty impressive contests in the Christian industry--like the Christy, for instance. She recently worked with me on my newest, The Cat Lady's Secret. Cathi-Lyn's editorial work is comprehensive and superlative, and she excels at discovering structural issues, especially those based on the genre you write. She doesn't work on romance, but will work on submissions for the ABA market as long as they're family friendly.

Each of these editors are excellent at their jobs, each charge different prices for their services. Some are more comprehensive in their offerings than others. If you've finished your manuscript and are ready to see if it will be competitive in today's market, you should consider a professional edit--and these women are among the best to choose from.
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