Thursday I started the process of working with my Editor. Or, better said, working with the liaison to my Editor. I had previously filled out a form for the liaison to read; what is my book about? Who s the target audience? What are some potential weaknesses I have in writing? What are some of my specific concerns about the editing process?
So when I got the call from the liaison, it was more a process of establishing a comfort level. I was able to say that I had freely chosen a style that might not conform to Strunk and White, or in the case of what these editors use: the Chicago School of Style. I took lots of freedom in punctuation and sentence structure. Some of this came from a Writer’s Club presentation where we were encouraged to make our sentences and paragraphs “interesting.” Some came from the fact that I write with my ear as much as my eye.
Anyway, the book is on its way to the editor and I’ll let you know in a couple of weeks how things fare.
A friend has hired an editor before she goes to publish. The first person contact and repetitive re-writes she believes are a good investment. Lots of roads to the end of the journey. http://gutsywriter.com/