I haven’t walked in your shoes.
That’d be gross — I don’t even know you yet!
But my shoes look a HECKuva lot like yours. (Did you buy them on sale at Macy’s?)
Enough metaphor. Here’s the plain point: I’m a freelance editor who gets you.
I’ve worked my ass off in-house at an independent press — little story to tell you about that, below — and I know what it takes to get your book through production. Aaaaaand . . .
I love to write. I know what hard work it is, and I deeply respect writers.
BUT WOE AND ALAS. THERE ARE SOME THINGS I WON’T DO FOR YOU:
- I won’t act like an arch know-it-all. Sorry to letcha down there. 😐
- I won’t rewrite your stuff. I mean, I can blowtorch your writing to an unrecognizable blob if you want. But I hope you prefer actual, professional editing. Not amateur hour at the Now My Book Sucks Club.
- I won’t work with you if I’m not the right person for the job. I’m selective because I think the editor-client fit should be . . . foot-in-perfect-shoe.
LOOK → GOOD, GOOD THINGS THAT I WILL DO AND THAT WILL HAPPEN:
- Your project will be done the way you want, and you’ll get it on freaking time.
- I will be pleasant to work with. Diplomatic. Helpful.
- I will watchdog your precious manuscript, ensuring it’s shiny-perfect so your work gets taken seriously.
- You’ll look brilliant, and I’ll look invisible.
Are you a publisher or editor? Work with me and you’ll have contented authors and impressed bosses who love you for finding a great freelancer and keeping projects on schedule.
Are you an author?
Your writing will live up to your vision and, yes, it’s very likely, win readers, contracts, and accolades.*
ACTION BOX HERE
* Books I’ve worked on have won awards, including the Spur Award, the New York Times list of Best Books for Young Readers, the Texas Maritime Award, and nomination for the Foreword Magazine Award.
P.S. Wanna see a partial list of books I’ve edited? Take a look if experience matters to you. [LINK]
P.P.S. I almost forgot — I promised you a story!
I never thought of myself as all that people-skilled. That’s why after a year or so as an in-house editor, I was surprised to realize I’d become the go-to conflict resolver.
One afternoon, at the publisher’s urging, I sat down with a huffing angry author, the founder of a big-name company, known for his spiky temper and for getting his way. I’d already heard him yelling at my boss on the phone, and the entire project now hung in contract-ripping limbo. Must admit, I was scared. Leetle bit.
The publisher needed to cut libelous material from the book. Our author insisted on protecting the manuscript. Hey — I couldn’t blame him!
It was his story, and he wanted to tell it.
I listened to him. I didn’t take his anger personally. But when it was my turn to talk, I did go personal.
I let him know that we valued him, and his story, and we were proud to publish his work. Because, well, we were. I told him I understood why he wrote those sections.
Because I did. I carefully explained what we could and couldn’t keep in the book, and why. Our author left calm, and he never complained about the project again. And I have a question.
Am I an idealist?
Am I mistaken to think that people notice and respond if you’re honest with them and you give a shit about them? If you think I’m wrong, let me know! [LINK]