Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Guest Post - Writing Outside Your Comfort Zone (Introducing "Waiting Fate" by W.B. Kinnette)

Today on my blog, I get to introduce "Waiting Fate" by W.B. Kinnette, who is one of the sweetest, loveliest people I know, and talk to her a bit about her experience in writing it.


Sometimes Fate hides in plain sight while you stumble through darkness.
Ivy escapes from an abusive husband, finding peace with her daughter in her childhood home. She’s determined to keep her past a secret to protect those she loves.
Archer has been in love with the same girl since seventh grade. When Ivy comes back into his life—bruised, broken, and haunted by secrets—he knows he can’t lose her again.
But Ivy made a promise to her daughter. No one would hurt them again. She’s afraid to trust, afraid to be wrong again, and afraid that the one man she’s loved forever will break her heart.
Fate might take its time, but it won’t wait forever.
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This was a difficult book for W.B. Kinnette to write, so here are her thoughts on it.
First of all, thank you Laura SO MUCH for letting me visit. Readers, Laura has been my guru since I took my first step into publishing and had no idea what I was doing. I would be so lost without her!
So Laura suggested I post about writing outside my comfort zone. Waiting Fate is about escaping from abuse and finding new love, and it was much harder to write than I thought it would be. Many tears were shed. Many nightmares were had and memories revisited – memories I would prefer to leave forgotten.
Did it make me stronger? Was it therapeutic? At the time, I thought no. I thought it was dragging me back to a place that I didn’t want to be and was making me that person again. But now, I see that it did make me stronger. Also, exploring that side and how to write about it made me a stronger writer, as well. It isn’t easy to write while IN your comfort zone. It’s mentally exhausting even when you’re having the time of your life. But writing outside your comfort zone is a whole different experience, and your writing changes a bit.
How did I do it? I relied on my adorable husband to tell me I could. I had awesome writer friends talking me through the hard parts. I had friends and family who had no idea what I was doing but offered their prayers and support. Basically, I wrote outside my comfort zone by leaning on the strength of others. I know that’s not how most do it. Maybe I’m an odd little duck, but it worked for me!
It doesn't make you sound odd to me, W.B.! I think a lot of writers lean on the strength of others when writing--I know I do, at least! What about the rest of you writers out there?

And now, a little bit about our lovely author and how to connect with her!
W.B. Kinnette was born and raised in Utah, the baby of the family and spoiled rotten. She lived briefly in Texas and Alaska before coming back to raise her family only a few miles from her childhood home. She’s loved writing since she was small, because daydreams demand to be written down. She believes that dreams must be chased, if only so she can tell her children honestly that dreams do come true if you work hard enough – and never give up! 
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Monday, June 3, 2013

Grammar Daze - Special Guest Post on Punctuation by Donna K. Weaver, Celebrating the Release of Her Book, "A Change of Plans"

Today, I'm super privileged to be hosting Donna K. Weaver on her blog tour for her debut novel, A Change of Plans. I had the honor of reading this book in one of its early versions, and I'm so happy for Donna that she can no celebrate its release. We also have a Rafflecopter entry for a giveaway at the end!

Before we get to the delicious details of the book, Donna has a post for us on the importance of punctuation.


So you don't think punctuation is important?
Version 1
Dear John:
I want a man who knows what love is all about. You are generous, kind, thoughtful. People who are not like you admit to being useless and inferior. You have ruined me for other men. I yearn for you. I have no feelings whatsoever when we're apart. I can be forever happy--will you let me be yours?

Version 2
Dear John:
I want a man who knows what love is. All about you are generous, kind, thoughtful people, who are not like you. Admit to being useless and inferior. You have ruined me. For other men, I yearn. For you, I have no feelings whatsoever. When we're apart, I can be forever happy. Will you let me be?
Donna makes a great point. Punctuation is so vital, don't you think?
Now, onto Donna's book!

When twenty-five-year-old Lyn sets off on her cruise vacation, all she wants is to forget that her dead fiancé was a cheating scumbag. What she plans is a diversion uncomplicated by romance. What she gets is Braedon, an intriguing young surgeon. He's everything her fiancé wasn't, and against the backdrop of the ship's make-believe world, her emotions come alive.

Unaware of the sensitive waters he navigates, Braedon moves to take their relationship beyond friendshipon the very anniversary Lyn came on the cruise to forget. Lyn's painful memories are too powerful, and she runs off in a panic.

But it's hard to get away from someone when you're stuck on the same ship. Things are bad enough when the pair finds themselves on one of the cruise's snorkeling excursions. Then paradise turns to piracy when their party is kidnapped, and Lyn's fear of a fairy tale turns grim.

About Donna K. Weaver:
Donna K. Weaver is a Navy brat who joined the Army and has lived in Asia and Europe.

Because she sailed the Pacific three times as a child, she loves cruising and wishes she could accrue enough vacation time to do more of it with her husband.

Donna and her husband have six children and eight grandchildren who live all over the world.
At fifty, Donna decided to study karate and earned her black belt in Shorei Kempo.

After recording city council minutes for twenty years, Donna decided to write something a little longer and with a lot more emotion--and kissing.
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There's also a giveaway going on, so check that out!
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Thursday, March 28, 2013

Grammar Daze - Formatting Tips Edition

Hi, everyone! It's been ages since I did a Grammar Daze post, and granted, this isn't really grammar, but it can really help clean up your manuscript, and I use it all the time in editing. Whether you're preparing a book for querying or getting it ready to self-publish, these quick tips can help make your manuscript be neater and in better order.

*Note that all of this works in Word on a PC, but some of these tips were tested on a Mac and didn't work with the Pages program on that system.

*EDIT: One of my friends knows how to do a lot of these in Pages, and she left her tips about how in the comments. :D  I would advise, though, that if you're going to attempt removal of paragraph spaces in Pages, you make a copy of your document and set it aside. Another of my friends had her story deleted when trying to remove paragraph spaces, and Pages wouldn't let her undo it. Having a back-up copy is always a good idea, even when you're not formatting.

Today, I'm going to walk you through how to quickly get rid of double spaces, spaces around paragraphs returns, and tabs. I'll show you how to quickly create paragraph indents so you don't have to use tabs, and as a bonus, if you're formatting a novel for self-publication for paperback, I'll tell you how to get the lines even at the bottom of the pages.

Okay, first of all, let me introduce you to the "show formatting" button. If you click on it, it will show you all of the invisible marks in your manuscript.

If you turn that on, you'll see a dot between each word. Those just represent spaces. But spaces are important! In today's manuscripts, the norm is to have only a single space between each sentence. Some people are used to double spacing, but that comes from back in the days of typerwiters. A super easy way to get rid of double spaces is by using your "find and replace box."

In the "find" box, simply enter two spaces using your space bar. You won't see the spaces, but they will be there. In the "replace" box, enter a single space with your space bar. Then hit "replace all". Hit it again and again until it comes back to tell you it had "0 items found."

Tada! You now have single spaces throughout your document!

There are two other things that are very important when it comes to formatting. First, if you have your "show formatting" button turned on, you'll see a paragraph mark all over the place--this mark just means that you've ended one paragraph and started another.

Now, in every single manuscript I've ever edited or written, there are always, always instances where there are spaces before or after some of the paragraph returns. This can apparently cause issues when you're trying to create an ebook, and they need to be fixed before publication. Fortunately, there's a super easy way to fix these. I recommend fixing the paragraph returns after you're finished with the whole book, once it's been through any edits and changes you want to make. When you're ready to query it, send it to your publisher, or self-publish, then go through these next steps.

First, open your "find and replace box." Then, in the "find" box, you're going to type a space, and then ^p

The ^ can be found on the number 6 of your keypad.

So it will have SPACE^p

In the "replace" box, you're going to type ^p without any spaces. So it will look like this:

Then hit "replace all." Hit it again, and again--you want to hit "replace all" until it tells you "0 items found."

Great! Now you've removed extra spaces in front of a paragraph mark. But, sometimes they also come after a paragraph mark, so you're going to repeat what you did above, but instead of having SPACE^p in the "find" box, you're going to have ^pSPACE in the find box. In the replace box, you will still want just ^p without any spaces.

You'll want to repeat the "replace all" over and over until you have zero items found.

You're almost finished with formatting the extra spaces around paragraph returns! The last thing to do is to put a space before and also a space after the ^p in the "find" box. So it would be SPACE^pSPACE while the "replace" box would still be simply ^p without any spaces.

Repeat, again, doing "replace all" until you get "0" left in the document.

Congratulations, your paragraph returns are as they should be!

Let's move on to tabs. Tabs are a big thing. Whenever you hit the "tab" button on your keyboard, it makes a big space, right? Quite a lot of writers will start a paragraph with a tab mark, and when you have your formatting button turned on, the tabs will look like an arrow every time you use one, like this:

Now, here's the thing about tab marks. If you try to format an ebook--or if your publisher wants to format an ebook--all of the tabs are going to have to go. They can really mess with formatting and publication. You want to get in the habit of not using tab marks. You want to set up your document so it will automatically create a new paragraph every time you hit "enter" on your keyboard. It's best to get used to using indents, not tabs, so you can start new novels by setting up indents and avoid tabs altogether.

However, there's a super fast way to get rid of tabs.

First, open up your "find and replace" box. Then, in the "Find" box, you're going to simply type ^t

In the replace box, you're going to do absolutely nothing. Leave it blank. No spaces, no marks, nothing.

Then hit "replace all." Hit it again, and again--you want to hit "replace all" until it tells you "0 items found." Your tabs are now gone.

Now, if you've used tabs to start new paragraphs, you'll notice that you have no paragraph indents! I'm borrowing the first few paragraphs from my Rising Book 1 novel to show you how this works. Here, we have no paragraph indents.

This is easily fixed. All I'm going to do now is "Select All" of my entire book. (I can push CTRL + A to achieve this.)

So I select all, and then I right click on the document. A box will pop up, and I'll click on "paragraph."

It will open a new box, wherein there will be a tab at the top that says "Indents and Spacing." Underneath that, I'll see something that says "indentation." I ignore the boxes that say "Left, Right, and Special" and focus on the box that says "By". I'll click the arrow up until I get to .3 or .4. I usually opt for .3. Then I'll click "OK" at the bottom.

Voila! Indents have been created, and now every time I hit "enter" to start a new paragraph, it will automatically indent the paragraph, so no tabs are necessary! This is how it will look now:

 *Note: The only problem with this is that in "selecting all", every chapter heading and every time I use *** to indicate a scene break, those chapter headings and scene breaks are also indented to .3. If it's supposed to be centered, it's now off center slightly. This will have to be fixed manually. I'll have to go to each chapter heading, click on it, and manually drag the indent arrow over so the chapter heading moves back to the center. See the next few pictures for demonstration.

There! Now there are proper indents!

Bonus tip for formatting for a self-published paperback novel: If you're planning to self-publish a paperback, there's something you can do to your manuscript to make sure that your pages are all perfectly even at the bottom. You just have to turn off the widow/orphan control in your manuscript. To accomplish this, Select All of your manuscript again. Then right click on your text, just like you did above, and once more open the "paragraph" box.

This time, however, you're going to click on the tab at the top that says "Line and Page Breaks."

You'll see some boxes that you can check or uncheck. What you want to do is to check the box that says "widow/orphan control" and the box that says "keep lines together". Then you want to immediately uncheck the boxes so they are blank. No checkmarks in them, no little squares, just empty white boxes. The only reason you want to check them in the first place is to make sure you can see that both boxes are absolutely unselected. It can be hard to tell if you've got all the boxes selected--sometimes they look shaded. So, once you make sure they are completely blank, then click "OK," and your pages should be even along the bottom.

I know it might seem overwhelming, but these tips can help make your manuscript much neater and prep it for beginning stages of publication! I hope you find these tips helpful. :)

Friday, March 22, 2013

Writing with a co-author

I've had people ask me before how writing with a co-author works. Well, today, my co-author, Faith King, posted all about it. :) (We've been writing together for over ten years.) You can check that out here: Collaboration

Monday, March 18, 2013

Top Ten Movie Countdown Blogfest

Alex J. Cavanaugh is hosting a blogfest today, and I actually had time to sign up for it! Last minute, but still. ;)

My top ten movies:

10. Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children Complete

Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children was a movie I picked up years ago and watched, and I loved it, but I realized it was part of a bigger story--and it is, but it was a movie made to continue a video game's story. This is the movie that got me into the big, wide world of Final Fantasy video games--each one different and unique, with some of the best characters and most intricate stories ever. The "Complete" version added new scenes and made the story even better. I've been a gamer since I was playing Mario and Zelda on the NES when I was five years old, and fantasy worlds have always been my favorite. The characters in Final Fantasy VII are some of the most intricate I've ever encountered anywhere, and I loved this movie for exploring them further.

9. Spirited Away

I love anime, and I love Miyazaki's anime. Spirited Away has some of the most gorgeous, detailed animation that I've ever seen--and that's normal for Miyazaki's films.

8. The Dark Crystal

I grew up watching this one, and I still love it. Prophecy, destiny, two people who are the last of their kind trying to save the world. I always think of this as Jim Henson's dark side to the Muppets.

7. Kung Fu Panda

This movie makes me laugh and it's just fabulous for showing that the least expected people can become heroes--and they'll do it in ways people might not always expect.

6. How to Train Your Dragon

One of the most gorgeous movies I've ever seen, period. The story is wonderful, the music is fantastic, the characters are so great--it would probably be closer to my favorite movie if other movies didn't hold a longer place in that position. ;)

5. Serenity

This is the conclusion to the fourteen-episode show "Firefly." I adore Firefly, and Serenity was just amazing. I can't even tell you how many times I've watched this film. It has everything I love about sci-fi and it's just perfect.

4. Galaxy Quest

One of the most quotable movies ever. This hilarious sci-fi spoof is one that I have never tired of watching--it makes me laugh ever single time.

3. Star Wars (original trilogy)

One of the best stories of all time. ALL TIME. The underdogs winning, redemption, snarkiness, space battles, awesome characters.

2. Lord of the Rings

Best. Fantasy. Ever.

1. Beauty and the Beast

Yes, a Disney cartoon still holds the place of my top favorite movie. I loved from the first time I saw it. Belle was a bookworm who didn't take any crap from anybody, not even a giant, raging beast. And it had an impact on me that she had brown hair and brown eyes, like I did. I think she was the first Disney "princess" to have that combination. (Snow White had black hair, Cinderella and Sleeping Beauty were blonde, Ariel was a redhead...)

Friday, February 15, 2013

A Rejection Letter That Started A Novel - Guest Post from Tyrean Martinson

Today, I'm happy to host part of Tyrean Martinson's blog tour for her book, Champion in the Darkness! Tyrean is here to talk about how her novel began, so, lovely blog readers, here she is!

A Rejection Letter That Started A Novel
No writer likes to receive a rejection letter. I know I don’t. However, sometimes, rejections can be the beginning of something good.
Originally, Champion in the Darkness was a short story, entitled “The Choice.” I submitted it to three different publications. I received three rejections.
Here’s a section from one of those rejection letters:
“Overall there wasn't much to the story. It was more of a section of a larger story. As a reader, what would seem the truly interesting and conflict-filled parts would be the training, and what was to follow the choosing of the sword. As a reader, I suspect there is much more to this world the author has created, and this slice wasn't enough to provide an adequate stand-alone story.”
I hadn’t thought of “The Choice” as part of a larger story, but the phrase “what was to follow the choosing of the sword” stayed with me, and I spent some time daydreaming about the characters and their world, and eventually this became a series of short vignettes that seemed like the beginning of a novel. However, I couldn’t seem to get it all to come together. I waited for a while, wrote backstory, and then finally for NaNoWriMo 2010, I wrote The Crystal Sword, which I later renamed Champion in the Darkness.
A rejection letter started my novel.
So, to any writer that’s frustrated by rejection letters, I want to encourage you not to look at the closed door, but to look for the window of opportunity that’s open.
Have you ever received a rejection letter that triggered an idea in your imagination?

Tyrean Martinson lives and writes in the Northwest, encouraged by her loving husband and daughters, and reminded to exercise by her dogs and cat. Champion in the Darkness is her first book in the Champion Trilogy, but she has previously published short stories and poetry. She can be found online at Tyrean’s Writing Spot.

Thank you, Tyrean! And now, let's take a look at her book, Champion in the Darkness!
Clara is younger than most trainees, but she is ready to hold a Sword Master's blade. While visions and ancient prophecies stand in her way, they also offer a destiny unlike any other. Clara is aided by a haunted mentor, Stelia, whose knowledge of their enemy Kalidess is both a bane and a blessing. As evil threatens their land, Clara and Stelia must find the strength to overcome the darkness!
Champion in the Darkness is YA Christian Fantasy and is the first book in the Champion Trilogy.    

Where to find the book:
Champion in the Darkness on Amazon
Champion in the Darkness on Smashwords
Champion in the Darkness on Goodreads

Sunday, February 10, 2013

The Next Big Thing Blog Hop

Faith King tagged me in this like two weeks ago, and I completely forgot to post. I have been writing like a madwoman…well, I'm already a madwoman, so like more of a madwoman, and I had forgotten to put it on my "blog post" list, so here we are now.

What is the working title of your book?

Well, I have several books floating around right now. The one I'm almost done with--which will be published, it looks like, at the end of March--is called Rising Book 2: Rebellion. This is the second (and last) book in this series. Rising Book 1: Resistance was published a year ago.

My Latest Novel        Coming Soon: Rising Book 2: Rebellion
      Rising Book 1: Resistance                  Rising Book 2: Rebellion (in-progress cover)

Where did the idea come from for the book?

Several years ago, I had an idea for a rather silly story about an errant knight forced to take up with two squabbling teenagers and an orphaned four-year-old. It was supposed to be full of ridiculousness and fun!

And then somehow, it ended up being focused on the two teenagers, and then they got older than I had expected—one of them wasn't even a teenager anymore; she was twenty—and then suddenly it was an adult book, not a YA book, and all silliness evaporated like water in the desert.

It became the most serious, emotional, painful book I had ever written in my life. It was supposed to be one book, but by the time I hit 100,000 words, I realized I still had too much story left to tell. So Rising became Rising Books 1 and 2.

What genre does your book fall under?

Technically, it's science fiction—but that puts me in mind of spaceships and space operas, which this is definitely not. This is more science fiction with fantastical elements. Vaguely steampunkish. ;) But also fantasyish—people with wings, a king in one country, stuff like that.

Which actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie rendition?
Ummm…here's the thing. I don't really associate actors with characters. I just don't. My lovely artist friend, Holly Robbins, does artwork of my characters, and that's much, much more my style when it comes to imagining characters.

First picture: Alphonse and Mairwyn, narrators of Rising Book 1.
Second picture: Lachlan and Brenna, narrators of Rising Book 2.

What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?
With war upon their countries, Lachlan and Brenna cross the border into enemy territory, hunting for assassins who may have been kidnapped as children and conditioned to kill for the very people who abducted them.

Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency?

I had scheduled this to be self-published to finish off the series before I signed with my lovely agent, so it will be self-published.

How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript?

About a year. The first draft was around 185,000 words (final draft is definitely going to be shorter!), and that year of writing also included:

-doing wife/mommy/family stuff

-editing client manuscripts

-finishing another novel with my co-author

-writing a middle grade book, editing it, querying it, signing with an agent, and doing several rounds of revisions

-publishing Rising Book 1



-adopting two cats

-starting Taekwondo and getting to advanced green belt (I have since halted Taekwondo, but darn it, I learned how to side kick)

-travels and other things I'm sure I'm forgetting

Yes, I am either crazy or super motivated or my characters just eat my brain and I can't help writing. Or maybe all three. I'm sure it's at least my characters eating my brain.

What other books would you compare this story to within your genre? I can't really think of any books to compare this to within my genre. It's easier for me to think of anime to find elements in various anime shows. And history. Definitely events in history, given that this story deals with genocide--or attempted genocide.

Who or what inspired you to write this book?

Probably a combination of watching a lot of anime, being interested in steampunkish stuff, and adoring fantasy. It was a lot of fun with this one because I had to actually invent some technology—I had a mechanic narrator for half of Rising Book 1, and so I had to know how some things would function in this world. And also, a desire to write something fun or silly. Which, of course, I've established did not work out. That's probably why I actually did write a fun, silly book in the middle of writing Rising Book 2's first draft. (I was writing three books at once.) This fun, silly book is in the hands of my wonderful agent.

What else about your book might pique the reader's interest?

If you like speculative fiction, there's probably something for you in this book. If you're not so into speculative fiction, there's probably still something for you in the struggles and dreams of the characters. There are people with wings, nomadic clans with healing abilities, and inventions of new technology. There are battles and struggles against a king intent on genocide. There are knights and assassins. There's feisty mechanic and a bookworm scholar. There's a bounty hunter and there's even a horticulturalist hero. There's romance, friendships, people dealing with grief and finding the light at the end of the tunnel. It's a story about overcoming fears, overcoming odds, and people who they are and who they want to be.

It seems like pretty much everyone has been tagged in this, so instead of tagging, I'm just going to shout out to three lovely people with some lovely blogs. If you don't know/follow them, then you should go say hi!

Tonja Drecker
Wendy Knight
Morgan Shamy


Friday, January 25, 2013

Working as a Freelance Editor - The Stages of Editing

I've been a freelance editor for about a year now. I work for a publishing company, and I work for other authors who hire me to edit their manuscripts. I love it. I’ve been on the other side. I’ve been the author waiting for the editor to finish with a book, and it’s been an honor—and a lot of fun—to get to be that editor for other authors.

But what, exactly, does an editor do and why does an author need one? I mean, the author already edited the book fifty bisquillion times, so it should be fine, right?

Welllll…maybe. But I’m going to venture a guess that 99.999999% of the time, the author is so close to the manuscript and has seen it so many times that obvious things will be missed--and not-so-obvious things will go unnoticed.

As for what an editor does—or, at least, what I do as an editor:

1. An editor has to learn the story inside and out and pay attention to every single detail on every single page. Her brain has to be set to hyper-hyper-hyper-aware mode, so that she can remember little details that could come back a hundred pages later. Keep in mind that she might not get to that hundredth page for a week, so she has to remember it all that time. She has to know the details so that if they’re contradicted, she can fix this or mention it to the author.

2. An editor has to know the characters backwards and forwards so that if something happens and it seems out of character, she can mention it and try to help the author figure out how to fix it. She has to know the story backwards and forwards so she can spot plot holes and offer suggestion to the author on how to fix them.

3. An editor has to get the flow of the story and learn the author’s style so that she can suggest ways to make certain sentences flow more smoothly while not disturbing the author’s voice. She has to pay attention to what words/phrases the author uses so she knows if the author is particularly fond of a particular word or phrase. Then she works with the author on cutting out some of those words or phrases so they don’t become annoying.

4. And in addition to all of that, an editor has to know the rules of grammar—and if she doesn’t know, she needs to be willing to find the answers. Her best tools are Google, Merriam-Webster dictionary/thesaurus, and other editors who might know the answer. She has to know where commas go, what adjective phrases need hyphens, the importance  and correct use of past perfect tense, the importance and correct use of all tenses, the differences between all sorts of homophones, the proper uses of apostrophes, whether to use who/that/which, and a million other little grammatical details.

5. A good editor is invisible—she helps the author tweak and clean up and fix the book, but when a reader is going through the book, that reader should never see how much work was done to the manuscript.

6. And the editor is only human—she catches everything she can, but she also knows that since she has started editing, she has not yet read a published book that didn’t have some mistakes—even NYT bestsellers. Because with everything the editor does on the manuscript, as much as she strives for perfection, there might be something she misses. She does the absolute best she can.

Editor Laura Fact: On average, it takes me about two weeks to edit an 80,000 – 100,000 word manuscript—sometimes a little less, sometimes more. That’s just the first round. Then I send it back to the author for revisions, and then I have one last look at it. The second look typically takes a few hours, but can sometimes take a day or two.

Now, I’d like to give you a little glimpse of what the editing process is sometimes like for me. In some ways, it's like the stages of writing a book--the ups and downs and emotional highs and emotional exhaustion. I present to you Laura's Stages of Editing:

Now, in the end, it is always, always, always the author’s book. I can make suggestions and recommendations until I’m blue in the face. It doesn’t mean the author is always going to take the suggestions. And that’s their choice.

But an editor is not trying to stomp on the author’s thoughts or ideas or characters—well, not the editors I know, anyway.

The author is attached to their writing. They’ve created the world and written the words and poured sweat and tears and countless hours into it. It’s normal to feel protective of it.

The editor is not attached like that. The editor sees the story, the words, the phrases, the grammar, the flow, the style…and does her best to help the author make it all shine.

Of course, there are all sorts of different personalities, too—maybe one editor and author won’t really click, but another one will. So finding an editor who works well with you is also important. Tristi Pinkston did a great blog post about that here: Finding a Good Editor

*Have you ever worked with an editor? Was it a good experience? Do you feel that editors are necessary for your book?

And now, if you’ll excuse me, I have about 20,000 words left in a client edit to finish by the end of tomorrow. ;)