“Trust is one of the most important things in a relationship. It won’t work if you don’t trust each other.” - Anonymous Last month, we discussed how to trust an editor during the selection process. Putting your book into someone’s hands for corrections can be a scary process, especially if you’re a new author or if this is your first time working with a new editor. So, after you’ve painstakingly selected a well-recommended editor who gave you a stellar sample edit, how do
“Trust is one of the most important things in a relationship.
It won’t work if you don’t trust each other.”
- Anonymous Trust, part 1 Inviting someone to put their hands on your manuscript and make changes to it can be a nerve-racking move. You know it needs to be done, but how do you choose which editor to work with? How do you decide which changes to keep and which to ignore? How do you trust some stranger with your book baby? Our first recommendation is to figure out
“The best decisions aren’t made with your mind, but with your instinct.” - Lionel Messi Plotters vs. Pantsers As editors, we rarely see the writing process in all its messy glory. Instead, we get a semi-finished product (usually submitted by a frazzled author in some stage of caffeine overdose). But because we're such a big part of helping shape the books we work on, we often hear about the debate between plotters and pantsers. Is it better to form the entire story in a
“Though this be madness, yet there is method in’t.” - William Shakespeare Double, Double: Our Two-Pass Method When editor shopping, authors often run into a comparison problem. It seems as though every editor and editing company offers something slightly different and may use the same words to describe dissimilar services. Such diversity means that authors can find exactly what they’re looking for, but it also means they need to be careful while looking.
At Joy Editing,