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Terrific, comprehensive discussion of editing, editors and where to find them.

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In several places on this site I mention how much language means to me, the marvelous, textural, passionate subtleties of English…and Spanish, Portuguese and Italian.

Here’s a favorite from my writing role model, beat poet Lawrence Ferlinghetti. It still has the power to shower me with goose bumps and make my muse sit up and pay very close attention! Enjoy…

Constantly risking absurdity
and death
whenever he performslet-go-and-move-on dandelions
above the heads
of his audience
the poet like an acrobat
climbs on rime
to a high wire of his own making
and balancing on eyebeams
above a sea of faces
paces his way
to the other side of the day
performing entrachats
and sleight-of-foot tricks
and other high theatrics
and all without mistaking
any thing
for what it may not be
For he’s the super realist
who must perforce perceive
taut truth
before the taking of each stance or step
in his supposed advance
toward that still higher perch
where Beauty stands and waits
with gravity
to start her death-defying leap
And he
a little charleychaplin man
who may or may not catch
her fair eternal form
spreadeagled in the empty air
of existence

Go here to hear this read aloud, as well as several of his other poems, including Don’t Let that Horse. In all the site has 32 of his poems.

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http://terribleminds.com/ramble/2015/10/01/john-adamus-why-editing-by-an-editor-who-isnt-you-matters/

USA Today bestselling author L. j. Charles, author of the Everly Gray series and other wonderful books, became my second client when I made Demon for Details “official.” This was her reply when I asked her advice about how to explain what I do:

abstract-summer-background_fku5O3dO“I see the way you edit as a three-dimensional process that considers the author’s work from different perspectives.

“Your first read-through is a high-level view of the manuscript, a global approach to plot and rhythm. During this stage you note any plot holes, any discrepancies in character development, and any pacing issues.

“During the second stage of your editing process, you shift your focus to detailed editing of sentence structure, punctuation, and grammar issues.

“In the third stage of your process [Note: my fees include a second detailed edit at no extra charge], you shift back to a more global view to take a final look at the story in its entirety, and to pick up any missed details.

“One of the most important things you do is ‘rest’ between each of these phases of editing to clear your mind, and to let the story settle before moving on to the next phase of editing. [Note: this explains why my turnaround times are longer than many of my peers’]

“The other gift you have as an editor is flexibility. You’re able to flow with how your authors work. We don’t all approach writing in the same way, and you’re able to respect that and give us the space we need to create.

“And you honor the story, which is completely separate from the author. In that final read-through, you approach the story from the reader’s perspective. I think this is critical to the success of a novel.”

Thanks again, L. j.! You’re the best.

No holds barred, and well worth reading…and keeping as a reference

http://terribleminds.com/ramble/2015/05/05/in-which-i-critique-your-story-that-i-havent-read/

SciFi/Fantasy author CB Williams volunteered to share her recent experience with my new Story Consult service.

Story consults have always been part of the overall editing package, but after several author requests for consults while they were in the middle of their manuscript, I decided to offer it as a separate service. Without further ado, here is CB Williams!

I was stuck. My writing was suddenly boring.

Truth be told, I was bored, too. Didn’t even want to finish my manuscript.

As for my characters, they were considerably annoyed…at me, for writing them into a boring standstill. We all felt like we had been walking uphill in sand for days. (For a very funny peek at what the characters were doing: http://chroniclesofcammy.com/2015/04/18/getting-my-nature-on/)

“Just keep writing,” I told myselProcrastinationf. “It will get better.”

It did not.

So I did what I should have done a couple thousand words ago. I contacted Faith Freewoman for a story consult. We negotiated the cost, and I outlined what I’d written, where I was planning to go and how I wanted to do it. I included a list of issues that were bothering me (aside from the boredom) and sent it all in an email.

A couple of days later, Faith came back with her analysis, which included a plethora of ‘what ifs’ and ‘why nots’…all sorts of suggestions, questions and directions that got my creative juices going as we batted ideas back and forth.

It was fabulous! It was fun!

Best of all, my characters and I are longer bored.

If you have reached an impasse in your storytelling, I highly recommend a story consult from Faith. They don’t call her Demon for Details for nothing!

http://jamigold.com/2015/04/picking-editors-how-to-evaluate-potential-editors/

Link: http://jamigold.com/2015/04/picking-editors-what-kind-do-we-need/

No matter how good we are self-editing, we can’t catch every unclear meaning or typo in our own work. But there are different kinds of editors, and if we have a limited budget, we might not know what type of editors are most important for our success. Let’s take a closer look at the types of editing and when we might (or might not) need that type of editing.

Recent Jobs (for all books edited, see Authors & Books)

For Witch or for Poorer, Fantasy romance, manuscript edited by Faith Freewoman
Topaz Brooch, Time travel romance, manuscript manuscript editor Faith Freewoman
Silver Dollar, Women’s fiction romance, manuscript manuscript editor Faith Freewoman
The Shadows, Young adult fantasy edited by Faith Freewoman
Shackled to the World, Reverse harem romance manuscript manuscript editor Faith Freewoman
Sentinel Lost, Urban fantasy romance manuscript manuscript editor Faith Freewoman
Mixed Match, Multicultural romance manuscript manuscript editor Faith Freewoman
Silver Stud, Over-40s romance manuscript manuscript editor Faith Freewoman
Five Minute Book Editing for Authors, Sales & selling techniques nonfiction edited by Faith Freewoman
Doctor's Secret', Women’s fiction edited by Faith Freewoman
Building Strength, Military romantic suspense, manuscript manuscript editor Faith Freewoman
Devastated, manuscript edited by Faith Freewoman
Like No Other Boy, family life fiction manuscript manuscript editor Faith Freewoman
Building Family, military romantic suspense, manuscript edited by Faith Freewoman
Breaking Free, military romantic suspense fiction manuscript editing by Faith Freewoman
Deception, Women’s action and adventure fiction, manuscript manuscript editor Faith Freewoman
Allied Operations, military romantic suspense fiction, manuscript edited by Faith Freewoman
Code Pink, Police procedural thriller manuscript manuscript editor Faith Freewoman
Fang Vacation, Teen & young adult vampire fiction manuscript manuscript editor Faith Freewoman
Billionaire's Secret', billionaire romance fiction edited by Faith Freewoman
LoveMaker, manuscript edited by Faith Freewoman
Queen of the Assassins, manuscript edited by Faith Freewoman
Roman Nights, manuscript editor Faith Freewoman
For Better or for Wolf, manuscript edited by Faith Freewoman
Breaking Chains, manuscript edited by Faith Freewoman
Heartbreaker, manuscript edited by Faith Freewoman
Lacewood, manuscript editor Faith Freewoman
New Beginnings in Eden, manuscript edited by Faith Freewoman
Stars Over Eden, manuscript edited by Faith Freewoman
Mind Sweeper, manuscript edited by Faith Freewoman
Tethered, manuscript editor Faith Freewoman
Easier Said than Done, manuscript edited by Faith Freewoman
Beyond the Call of Duty, manuscript edited by Faith Freewoman
Cats, manuscript edited by Faith Freewoman
The Pearl Brooch, manuscript editor Faith Freewoman
What a Wolf Desires, manuscript edited by Faith Freewoman
Electric Curse, manuscript edited by Faith Freewoman
Callista Goes Country, manuscript edited by Faith Freewoman
Man Down, manuscript editor Faith Freewoman
One Wish, manuscript edited by Faith Freewoman
Love Is a Wildfire, manuscript edited by Faith Freewoman
Sell a Sleigh-Load of Books, manuscript edited by Faith Freewoman
A Nanny for Christmas, manuscript editor Faith Freewoman
Demons Will Be Demons, manuscript edited by Faith Freewoman
Death by Drama, manuscript edited by Faith Freewoman
Demons Are a Girls Best Friend, manuscript edited by Faith Freewoman
Teacher Growth Trajectory, manuscript editor Faith Freewoman
Missing, manuscript edited by Faith Freewoman
Demons Are Forever, manuscript edited by Faith Freewoman
The New Business Card, manuscript editor Faith Freewoman
Mercy, manuscript edited by Faith Freewoman
Once Upon a Christmas, manuscript edited by Faith Freewoman
Touches of Eden, manuscript edited by Faith Freewoman
Have Wand, Will Travel, manuscript edited by Faith Freewoman
Adventures of a Witchy Wallflower, manuscript editor Faith Freewoman
Once Bitten, Twice Shy, manuscript edited by Faith Freewoman
Heart of the Assassins, manuscript edited by Faith Freewoman
Rusty Nail, manuscript edited by Faith Freewoman
Breaking Hearts, manuscript editor Faith Freewoman
And I Love You, manuscript edited by Faith Freewoman
Leashed, manuscript edited by Faith Freewoman
Gone to Hell, manuscript edited by Faith Freewoman
Prey, manuscript editor Faith Freewoman
Confessions of a Witchy Wallflower, manuscript edited by Faith Freewoman
Revise and Re-Release Your Book, manuscript edited by Faith Freewoman
What Matters Most, manuscript edited by Faith Freewoman
Kissing Luca, manuscript editor Faith Freewoman
Moon Riders, manuscript edited by Faith Freewoman
Louder than Words, manuscript edited by Faith Freewoman
Collisions of Time, manuscript edited by Faith Freewoman
Wall of Victory, manuscript editor Faith Freewoman
Diamonds to Die For, manuscript edited by Faith Freewoman
St. Helena Santa, manuscript edited by Faith Freewoman
Unmistaken, manuscript edited by Faith Freewoman
The Christmas Angel, manuscript editor Faith Freewoman
A Pinot for Your Thoughts, manuscript edited by Faith Freewoman
Academy of Assassins, manuscript edited by Faith Freewoman
The Angel of Eden Falls, manuscript edited by Faith Freewoman
The Ruins of Destiny, manuscript editor Faith Freewoman
My One and Only, manuscript edited by Faith Freewoman
Bittersweet, manuscript edited by Faith Freewoman
To Love an Earl Twice, manuscript edited by Faith Freewoman
Bare Deception, manuscript editor Faith Freewoman
Flames of Hope, manuscript edited by Faith Freewoman
From this Fae Forward, manuscript edited by Faith Freewoman
Gone to Hell, manuscript edited by Faith Freewoman
Chasing Hindy, manuscript editor Faith Freewoman
To Have and to Howl, manuscript edited by Faith Freewoman
Unmistaken, manuscript edited by Faith Freewoman
In Sickness and in Elf, manuscript edited by Faith Freewoman
How to Sell Books by the Truckload at Amazon, manuscript editor Faith Freewoman
Atonement, manuscript edited by Faith Freewoman
From this Fae Forward, manuscript edited by Faith Freewoman
Kissing Luca, manuscript edited by Faith Freewoman
To Enthrall the Demon Lord, manuscript editor Faith Freewoman
Into the Sunrise, manuscript edited by Faith Freewoman
Scandal's Child, manuscript edited by Faith Freewoman
Silver Ops, manuscript edited by Faith Freewoman
A Taste of Eden, manuscript editor Faith Freewoman
Napa Crush, manuscript edited by Faith Freewoman
To Stir a Fae's Passion, manuscript edited by Faith Freewoman
Complicity, manuscript edited by Faith Freewoman
Unforgettable, manuscript editor Faith Freewoman
To Win a Demon's Love, manuscript edited by Faith Freewoman
Breaking Point, manuscript edited by Faith Freewoman
Once Bitten, Twice Shy, manuscript edited by Faith Freewoman
Two to Tango, manuscript editor Faith Freewoman
Rehumanized Drew, manuscript edited by Faith Freewoman
Forget Me, manuscript edited by Faith Freewoman
Tri, manuscript editor Faith Freewoman
Lyz Exposed, manuscript editor Faith Freewoman
Lyz Orphaned, manuscript editor Faith Freewoman
Death by Malice, manuscript edited by Faith Freewoman
Protect Me, manuscript editor Faith Freewoman
Royal Scandal, manuscript edited by Faith Freewoman
Trust Me, manuscript editor Faith Freewoman
Mine at Merlot, manuscript edited by Faith Freewoman
Abandoned, manuscript edited by Faith Freewoman
Educating Anthony, manuscript editor Faith Freewoman
Loving Vivienne, manuscript edited by Faith Freewoman
Cats, manuscript edited by Faith Freewoman
Druid Temptation, manuscript editor Faith Freewoman
Blinded, manuscript editor Faith Freewoman
Royal Affair, manuscript editor Faith Freewoman
Man Down, manuscript edited by Faith Freewoman
Spurned, manuscript editor Faith Freewoman
Royal Scandal, manuscript edited by Faith Freewoman
Ruins of Destiny, manuscript editor Faith Freewoman
Three Brooches, manuscript edited by Faith Freewoman
Timeless, manuscript edited by Faith Freewoman
Two Much, manuscript editor Faith Freewoman
Whisper, manuscript editor Faith Freewoman
Breaking Out, manuscript edited by Faith Freewoman
Dance with Me, manuscript editor Faith Freewoman
Holding Still, manuscript editor Faith Freewoman
Chaos Tamed, manuscript edited by Faith Freewoman
A Touch of TNT, manuscript edited by Faith Freewoman
Resisting Samantha, manuscript edited by Faith Freewoman
You Were Mine at Merlot, manuscript editor Faith Freewoman
To Love an Earl Twice, manuscript editor Faith Freewoman
Petit Madeleine, manuscript edited by Faith Freewoman
Romancing Las Vegas, manuscript editor Faith Freewoman
Element 63, manuscript edited by Faith Freewoman
The Siren's Call, manuscript editor Faith Freewoman
Burned, manuscript edited by Faith Freewoman
My Sweetest Sasha, manuscript edited by Faith Freewoman
Family Love, manuscript editor Faith Freewoman
All She Wanted, manuscript editor Faith Freewoman
Druid Surrender, manuscript edited by Faith Freewoman
Everly Gray boxed set, manuscript edited by Faith Freewoman
Hidden Obsession, manuscript editor Faith Freewoman
Backtrack, manuscript editor Faith Freewoman
Dha, manuscript edited by Faith Freewoman
Death by Design, manuscript edited by Faith Freewoman
Ceann, manuscript editor Faith Freewoman
Brush with Death, manuscript editor Faith Freewoman
Breach, manuscript edited by Faith Freewoman
Blood, Breath and Desire, manuscript edited by Faith Freewoman
In Sickness and in Elf, manuscript editor Faith Freewoman
Allied Operations, manuscript editor Faith Freewoman
To Capture a Highlander's Heart, manuscript edited by Faith Freewoman
A Wedding at Meadows Shore, manuscript edited by Faith Freewoman
Beyond the Call of Duty, manuscript editor Faith Freewoman
The Broken Brooch, manuscript editor Faith Freewoman
Eightball Two Three, manuscript edited by Faith Freewoman
Gotcha, manuscript edited by Faith Freewoman
The Emerald Brooch, manuscript editor Faith Freewoman
The Pursuit, manuscript editor Faith Freewoman
Beyond the Call of Duty, manuscript edited by Faith Freewoman
Sentinel Lost, manuscript edited by Faith Freewoman
Brightness Calling, manuscript editor Faith Freewoman
From the Ashes, manuscript editor Faith Freewoman
Ladies of Lortons Landing, manuscript edited by Faith Freewoman
The Stonecutter, manuscript edited by Faith Freewoman
Behold the Man, manuscript editor Faith Freewoman
Breaking Boundaries, manuscript editor Faith Freewoman
Champion of Entean, manuscript edited by Faith Freewoman
The Warrior, manuscript edited by Faith Freewoman
Deep within the Shadows, manuscript edited by Faith Freewoman
Marriage Under Fire, manuscript editor Faith Freewoman
Mark Me, manuscript edited by Faith Freewoman
Piggy Bank Blues, manuscript edited by Faith Freewoman
A Perfect Wedding, manuscript edited by Faith Freewoman
Captain's Orders, manuscript editor Faith Freewoman
A Perfect Dilemma, manuscript edited by Faith Freewoman
Captured, manuscript edited by Faith Freewoman
The Chariot, manuscript edited by Faith Freewoman
Electric Heat, manuscript editor Faith Freewoman
Finally Again, manuscript edited by Faith Freewoman
The Fool, manuscript edited by Faith Freewoman
Illegal Motions, manuscript edited by Faith Freewoman
The Fledgling, manuscript editor Faith Freewoman
A Touch of Intrigue, manuscript edited by Faith Freewoman
The Sapphire Brooch, manuscript edited by Faith Freewoman
Shifter Wars, manuscript editor Faith Freewoman
Whisper in My Ear, manuscript edited by Faith Freewoman
The Barbarian, manuscript edited by Faith Freewoman
Mind Sweeper, manuscript editor Faith Freewoman
Seal's Goal, manuscript edited by Faith Freewoman
Coveted, manuscript edited by Faith Freewoman
Sky Dancers, manuscript edited by Faith Freewoman
Afterlife, manuscript editor Faith Freewoman
Building Ties, manuscript edited by Faith Freewoman
Edited by Faith Freewoman, Purest of the Breed
Edited by Faith Freewoman, Wolf at the Door
manuscript edited by Faith Freewoman, Breaking Ties
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Edited by Faith Freewoman, Apotheosis
Edited by Faith Freewoman, Seal the Deal
Edited by Faith Freewoman, A Touch of Revenge
Faith Freewoman Editor, Bloodline War
Faith Freewoman, Editor, A Perfect Mistake
Faith Freewoman, Editor, Seal My Destiny
Faith Freewoman, Editor, To Touch Poison
Faith Freewoman, Editor, Collared
Edited by Faith Freewoman, In His Eyes
manuscript editor Faith Freewoman, Seal My Heart
Faith Freewoman, editor, The Warrior
Edited by Faith Freewoman, Breaking Away
Faith Freewoman, Editor, A Touch of Ice
Faith Freewoman, Editor, A Perfect Mess
Faith Freewoman, Fetched, Editor
manuscript editor Faith Freewoman, Big Cats Don't Purr
Faith Freewoman, Editor, A Touch of Betrayal
manuscript editor Faith Freewoman, The Shield
Faith Freewoman Editor, A Touch of Ice
manuscript editor Faith Freewoman, Hounded
manuscript editor Faith Freewoman, Caught in the Act
Faith Freewoman, Editor, Breaking Through
manuscript editor Faith Freewoman, An Automated Death
manuscript editor Faith Freewoman, The Calling
manuscript edited by Faith Freeewoman, Brave
Faith Freewoman, Editor, Seal Under Cover
Faith Freewoman Editor A Matter of the Heart
Faith Freewoman Editor, Mortal Bite
Edited by Faith Freewoman, Captive Hear
Faith Freewoman Editor, Groomed for Murder
Edited by Faith Freewoman, Place Between Worlds
manuscript edited by Faith Freewoman, Leashed
Edited by Faith Freewoman, Highlander's Heart
Edited by Faith Freewoman, Cry Sanctuary
Faith Freewoman Editor, Taming Raven
Edited by Faith Freewoman, Walkers
Faith Freewoman Editor, Hounded
Edited by Faith Freewoman, Highland Moonlignt
Faith Freewoman Editor, Fallen Seal Legacy
manuscript edited by Faith Freewoman, The Hierophant
manuscript edited by Faith Freewoman, This Fool's Journey