How to Choose the Right Editor

Pixabay imageBack in the day, before the idea of writing ever entered my thoughts, the mention of an editor brought one name to mind: Perry White. I was first introduced to the editor-in-chief of the Daily Planet in comic books. Yes, I read comic books (I had brothers). Oh, the excitement of opening a new comic book!

Breathe, Betty, get back to the subject.

Where was I? Oh, yes, editors, and how to choose one. If the company name is Dewey, Cheatham & Howe, don’t go there.  April Fool’s! 😉

This may surprise you, but editors are not the enemy. In fact, their business is to make our writing the best it can be.

Helpful Hint #1: If you have a fear of editors, pass your writing through a good critique loop or group first. Work on your manuscript until it is as clean as you and your team can get it, then look into hiring an editor.

I happen to love working with a good editor. They make my prose look professional. A good editor will save me from embarrassing myself. I have a gift for using the wrong word and don’t even ask me about commas. We seldom get along. It doesn’t matter where I put one, it gets removed.

Pixabay imageEditors sometimes get a bad rap. Why? Writers can be peevish about their “babies.” When I’ve finished writing my story, it is (of course) purr-fect. Then it goes to the editor. I wait. And wait. And then, I worry. Anxiety. Angst. Surely, it’s been too long. My manuscript must be terrible! ←Yes, that is an exclamation mark, and yes, I’m shouting at this point. 😊

Pixabay imageThen it appears—as if by magic—the email with the galley attached. My tummy tightens. I click on it with great trepidation. Will the document be flooded with red marks and comment balloons? Big, overblown comment balloons full of writing and questions and … heaven forbid, “What were you thinking?”

After a fit of crying, I go back to the document and one-by-one, tackle the changes and suggestions. And I soon realize they are all good and often thoughtful. There may be one or two that are misunderstandings, but those are also helpful.

Helpful Hint #2: An editor’s “misunderstanding” means I need to clarify what I’m trying to say, so the reader doesn’t get confused.

So, the editor has done extensive work. But she has not cleaned up my manuscript for me, she’s left suggestions that I can take or leave. I do the cleanup. And, as the author, I have the right to argue my point. A good editor will listen and give her opinion. The publisher will have the final say.


One excellent way to find a good editor: Pray, first and foremost. This person can be invaluable. If a writer believes their work is important, then they will invest in a good editor. Those who are working with a publishing house will likely be given an editor (as I am). In any case, pave the way with ample prayer. I pray for my editor as they tackle my work, and then I prayerfully consider their changes.

A second way: Pop back by during the month of April to see what our writers have prepared for our readers.

The writers of Inspired Prompt have been assigned a task: to help you find a good editor.  What do you look for? How much can you expect to pay? What type of editor do you need? We will also interview an editor.

By the end of the month, it is our hope that our readers will be better equipped for their writing journey. As always, send us any questions in the comment section of our blog posts. We’re happy to help.


Writing Prompt Challenge – Your editor highlights this paragraph: Emily cried her eyes out when she received the letter. She felt as though her heart would burst. How would you fix it? Comment with your answer. Remember: show, don’t tell. Best answer wins a $5 Starbucks card!

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A God-Wink Book

by Rose Allen McCauley

Have you ever heard the term Godwink? I had the privilege of taking a Christian cruise a few years ago with Squire Rushnell and his wife Louise DuArt. They used this phrase and wrote a whole series of books about the times God has winked at them and others by revealing something unexpected to them. I was reminded of this term a few weeks ago when Squire appeared on The Mike Huckabee Show. Also when Kathleen Gifford used the term over Christmas in one of the Hallmark shows we watched.

My latest book from Barbour came about through a Godwink God sent me through a library magazine. I read about real life canal boats and the hardships the workers went though while working on the Erie Canal. I thought it would make a great Christian fiction book about romances along the Erie Canal at its various locations. So, I contacted Rebecca Germany of Barbour, and she liked the ideal and suggested my agent Tamela Hancock Murray and I find some other authors to write it with me. And that is how The Erie Canal Brides Collection came about!

It was not only a Godwink, but a true blessing to me and the other six authors. We had so much fun working together and learning more than we ever knew about the building of the canal and the people it affected. Like in my story, I learned that the women of Zoar Ohio helped the men of the town build their section of the canal. Some of the women even ended up partially bald from carrying baskets of dirt on their heads! Ouch!

So, the next time you have a strange idea or encounter I hope you will stop and ask God what He might be trying to reveal to you. Then listen! You never know what He can make of it!

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The Erie Canal Brides Collection

The Erie Canal Brides Collection has seven romance stories that take you back to the building of the Erie Canal and the opening of the Midwest to greater development.

Completed in 1825, the Erie Canal connected the Great Lakes to the Hudson River, and soon other states like Ohio created canals linking Lake Erie to the Ohio River. Suddenly the Midwest was open to migration, the harvesting of resources, and even tourism. Join seven couples who live through the rise of the canals and the problems the waterways brought to each community, including land grabs, disease, tourists, racism, and competition. Can these couples hang on to their faith and develop love during times of intense change?



Who am I? A former city gal who married this farmer over 50 years ago. Last spring we celebrated our 50th anniversary on Maui after the dinner our family gave us with friends from middle school, high school, college and all throughout the years. I like to read and write stories set in small towns with quirky characters. And thank God and give Him all the glory for all that He has given us!

 

It Happened One Summer

Betty Thomason Owens

I love to write, but long before I started, I loved to read. Reading provided a pleasant escape from a sometimes not so pleasant life.

But all the experiences of my life prepared me for what lay ahead; telling stories. Some of my characters resemble me in character (intentional play on words).

Amy Emerson is one of those. When we first meet her, she’s a hard-headed young woman whose main desire is to be free. She chafes at discipline, hates being told what she can and can’t do. So, she plans an escape. She has the money, why not? (Let me interject here: Amy resembles me in all but the money part. That’s a dream of mine, but it never happened. Also, the dance scene. Dreamed of, but never happened.) 🙂

What Amy doesn’t know, and doesn’t count on: someone out to get dear, old Dad. Someone who’ll stop at nothing to bring him down. In her blind innocence, she plays right into the hands of my antagonist.

Just to make it interesting, I created a love interest. Amy despises him at first, and some of my readers weren’t too sure about him (until later). She resists, mainly because she suspects her dad approves of him. Whatever Dad approves must be avoided at all costs!

But Matthew Wordsworth is a patient man. His military background pays off in several ways as he navigates the troubled waters of Amy Emerson’s life.

Did I mention this all takes place one summer in the 1940s? That makes it truly fun.

Rebecca’s Legacy is the final book in the Legacy series. Each is set in subsequent decades. Amelia’s Legacy takes place in the 1920s. This book stars Amy’s mother, Nancy Sanderson, who becomes Nancy Emerson, as the book progresses. Carlotta’s Legacy takes place in the thirties, with Nancy’s best friend, Rebecca Lewis at the lead. And yes, she’s the Rebecca of Rebecca’s Legacy. These are historical novels with a good mix of romance and suspense.

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Rebecca’s Legacy

What will it take to teach a spoiled heiress about the greatest legacy? Amy Juliana Emerson might be a cultured debutante, but she’s doing her best to follow her mom’s rebellious footsteps. Her desperate attempt to escape her father’s control, however, comes at the worst possible time. Robert Emerson has received a threat against his family in an attempt to take over his company, Sanderson Industries. To guarantee his willful daughter’s safety, he sends her to work on a produce farm run by her Aunt Rebecca. Maybe her quiet strength and unconditional love can work on Amy, keep her from becoming the prodigal daughter she seems insistent on being.

Matt Wordsworth is the man Robert calls upon to make sure his daughter stays in line. His only interest in the beautiful girl is purely part of his job. Purely. Amy considers him a fuddy-duddy which suits the situation perfectly, allowing him to stay close to her without concern for her losing her heart to him. And his own heart … well, his feelings didn’t matter. This was business.

Humiliated and angry, Amy contemplates a path that will lead her even farther from home and away from Dad’s protection. Rebecca’s influence begins to change her feelings about everything, even about Matt, but Amy might find she’s playing into the hands of the enemy.


About Betty: Who am I? My friends say I’m creative, loyal, thoughtful and funny. I’m a storyteller. A word-weaver, writing stories that touch the heart. If I was an artist working with oils, I’d want to paint scenes so real, you’d think you were looking at a photograph. They’d include minute details that grab your attention and pull you into the picture. My characters could be your next-door neighbors. They’re open and friendly. They include you in their conversations. My themes include the grace of God, forgiveness, restoration, and redemption, but most of all, love. For years, my tagline has been: Love is the Legacy. That’s my desire, to leave a legacy of love.

www.bettythomasonowens.com

3 Questions Wednesday with You

Our regular 3 Questions Wednesday has met with a last-minute cancellation. So, since you’re here,

Who is your favorite author?

Tell us about your favorite author in the comment section. Or, maybe you’re an author. 3 Questions Wednesday is a wonderful way to promote a new release or even a book that’s been on the shelf a while. We have openings, starting in May!

Whether you’re Indie-published, or traditional, or even a wannabe-published, you can take part in our Wednesday interview.

If you could write about anyone or anything fiction/nonfiction who or what would you write about?

Intriguing, right? Include your answer in the comments.

And about the book:

If you could spend time with a character from your book whom would it be? And what would you do during that day?

Use your imagination on this one. If you don’t have a book written, use a favorite character from your favorite book!

Now, you know what it’s like to take part in our 3 Questions Wednesday interview. What fun!

Want to schedule an interview? Click the “Contact Us” tab near the top of this blog and let us know. Something’s blowing in on the March winds! We have big plans for March. We’re giving away a book with every post! Each Monday and Friday during the entire month of March, you—dear reader—will have the opportunity to win a book. It’s March Madness!

So, keep us on your calendar, and be sure to come back next Wednesday for another 3 Questions Wednesday Interview. It could be your favorite author.