Thursday, June 30, 2011
I've been reading some self-published ebooks and have found that there is a sometimes a definite difference between them and the nationally published books. Don't get me wrong, most of the ones I have read have really compelling stories and characters, but they lack something in the editing department. I'm not talking about grammar errors, that doesn't bother me anymore. I'm talking about things like pacing, tension, relevance, and satisfying endings. Now, I have the same problems in my stories as well and it leaves me wondering, what kind of magic do editors have to be able to take an author's writing and change it into what we see as the final product? How do they shape and mold a story? I'm really hoping for a magic wand type of answer here. I mean, I can point out these problems to other writers, but as a writer myself, how do I take those problems and fix them? Especially when I'm sometimes looking at my writing and not want to cut, or sometimes, just not know a better way. Do editors actually give you a better way? Or do you have to research it yourself? I guess I'm asking those of you that have worked with editors. What secrets did you learn from your editors?
Posted by Nikki