Friday, July 16, 2010

Editing

Today, I’m over on Murderous Musings answering Jean Henry Mead’s questions. She’s asking me about freelance editing.

For years now, I’ve been a freelance editor for both published authors and aspiring writers. Within the last year, I’ve also started doing one-on-one coaching.

Jean asked if I would do an interview about editing. You can link over to read my answers and ask some of your own, if you’d like.

I think it’s purely coincidental that writers, when they get their edited manuscripts back, sometimes want to murder their editors … and that Jean’s blog is called Murderous Musings. Coincidence. Right?
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29 comments:

  1. You'll be happy to know I've never wanted to kill my editor!

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  2. Diane, I am not surprised. You're a sweetie.

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  3. Mea culpa, Helen. I've been having computer problems, but finally got the blog interview squared away at 6 a.m. MDT. I hope no one wants to kill the blogger. :) I also hope that all your regular visitors will pay us a visit today and ask questions of the editor.

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  4. Thank you Jean for hosting me. And thank all of you for zipping over!

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  5. This is one of the most helpful, informative interviews I have read. Wonderful Helen.

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  6. I'm sure no one would want to murder you. I'll pop over and see what you have to say.
    ~jon

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  7. I'm always interested in editing tips so I'll see you at Jean's blog.

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  8. Clearly, you don't know my husband, Jon. ;-))

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  9. Like Diane, I've never wanted to murder my editor. The advice has always been spot on and served me and my manuscript well. Heading over now...
    Karen

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  10. LOL, Helen. You never know what a client's - or potential client's - reaction is going to be. I've had them stomp off mad but have so far escaped any physical damage.

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  11. I've never wanted to kill my editor either. Great post on Murderous Musings. Thanks.

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  12. I love hearing about good experiences with your editors. Thanks. (I've never had anyone want to "murder" me either.)

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  13. Murder you? Heaven forbid. Because of your help, I was able to get my manuscript into good enough shape to sign with an agent.

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  14. I'm heading over now! I know you will have lots of gems to share:)

    I love the new look too.

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  15. Mark, your manuscript didn't need a lot of work to begin with!

    Tamika, thanks. It's my summer bluebonnet look. I may just keep it since I have no ideas for a fall look.

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  16. Great interview. Kill an editor? Never, surely not? ;0

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  17. I'm sure hoping not, Glynis.

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  18. *snork. I don't know about murdering them but several friends have considered jumping off of roofs.

    :-)

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  19. How could you possibly want to kill someone who undoubtably has the patience of Job. I'm off to see what you have to say.

    Laurita
    Brain Droppings

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  20. I've felt that way, too, Sia. Not as an editor, but as a writer.

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  21. Jean did a great interview and you, Helen, gave great advice. Thanks so much :)

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  22. I very much look forward to reading your words, Helen. Popping over to your guest post!

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  23. Despite rumours to the contrary, I do not mind editors, I know good ones imporve your book. I've only had editors from publishing houses and what I don't like is an editor who changes things in your manuscript (not suggestions- actually changes things) when there was no need. Like I had baby they put tot. Tot? No no. Then I do become murderous. I think editors need to respect the writer too.

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  24. Lauri, very good point. I have no idea why your editor did that, unless s/he thought you'd used "baby" too often in close proximity.

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