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.
Cherie Burbach is a freelance writer specializing in lifestyle and relationships. You can find her work at places like About.com, NBC/Universal, Happen Magazine, Popular Mechanics, and more. She has also written thirteen nonfiction and poetry books.
Jody Bailey Day writes inspirational fiction from west Texas. Her debut novel, Washout Express, released June 2013 from Harbourlight Books. Her short stories, poems, devotionals, and articles have appeared in Mature Living, Splickety Magazine, The Old Schoolhouse Magazine, Southern Writers Magazine, and Christiandevotions.us, She is a two time Grand Prize Winner at the East Texas Christian Writers Conference, and a Faithwriters.com Best of the Best award winner. She and her pastor husband have six grown children and nine grandchildren.
Deborah Dee Harper writes from Murfreesboro, Tennessee, by way of Michigan, Kentucky, Alaska, Mississippi, and Alaska (again). Deb is a graduate of the Jerry B. Jenkins Christian Writers Guild classes and writes Christian humorous and inspirational books for both children and adults. Her children’s adventure series, Laramie on the Lam, available in both e-book and print, is being re-published as six individual print books. Her Road’s End series (Misstep, Faux Pas, and Misjudge) for adults is also contracted and should be published soon. She is currently nearing completion on the first book of another series. She is represented by Terry Burns of Hartline Literary Agency.
Lisa Lickel is an award-winning multi-published inspirational novelist, blogger, reviewer, and executive editor of Creative Wisconsin magazine. A freelance editor, Lisa loves all things historical. Her work has appeared in Writer's Digest and Christian Fiction Online.
Liberty Speidel has been a voracious reader since reading her first Nancy Drew book. But she was telling stories long before then with her figurines from Disney's Rescue Rangers. When she's not writing, you may find her gardening, baking, crocheting, or hiking. A lifelong Kansan, she now resides in the Kansas City metro area with her husband, children, and chocolate Labrador, where she could rival Captain Jean Luc Picard in consumption of Earl Grey tea. She is the author of Emergence, Retaliation, and Capitulation, novellas and novels in her series featuring superhuman and police detective Darby Shaw.
Donn Taylor led an Infantry rifle platoon in the Korean War, served with Army aviation in Vietnam, and worked with air reconnaissance in Europe and Asia. Afterwards, he earned a PhD in English literature (Renaissance) and for eighteen years taught literature at two liberal arts colleges. His poetry has appeared in leading journals and is collected in his book Dust and Diamond: Poems of Earth and Beyond.His fiction includes a light-hearted mystery, Rhapsody in Red, and two suspense novels, Deadly Addictive and The Lazarus File, and a historical romance, Lightning on a Quiet Night. He is a frequent speaker at writers’ groups and conferences. He lives near Houston, TX, where he continues to write fiction and poetry, as well as essays on writing, ethical issues, and U.S. foreign policy.
Editor/Author Linda Yezak lives with her husband in a forest in east Texas, where tall tales abound and exaggeration is an art form. She is a speaker/lecturer for various writers' groups and conferences. Her fiction books include Give the Lady a Ride, The Simulacrum, and The Cat Lady's Secret. Her nonfiction books include Writing in Obedience, co-written with Hartline Literary agent Terry Burns.
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