Last call for the Spooktacular Giveaway Hop (click here)!
heard some conversations about the writing and publication process
where the discussion of editing revolved around punctuation.
The fact is, I regard punctuation corrections as the least important
part of editing. If there's one thing the copy-editing process taught
me, it's that nobody seems to understand the proper use of commas except
other copy editors. And although I thank my copy editors for correcting
the 90% of the cases where I misused and abused Our Friend the Noble
Comma*, I'm especially grateful for the times they caught me saying the
same thing twice, or contradicting myself.
But there's another
whole facet to editing, and it precedes copy editing. It's the kind of
editing where someone questions uneven pacing, extraneous characters,
pointless subplots, drawn-out endings, abrupt endings, missing character
motivations, and so many other aspects of macro-level story-telling.
This is the kind of editing that beginning writers may dread, or may
think they don't need. But in my experience, this kind of editing is
what brings a story to the next level, and it can be an actual pleasure.
Because it's all about making the book better in fundamental ways.
firmly believe that readers will forgive misplaced commas sooner than
they will forgive a plot thread that doesn't go anywhere, or a character
who has no reason for being in the story, or an inciting event that
takes too long to arrive. And it is very difficult for writers to
identify these kinds of flaws in our own stories, because we inhabit our
imaginary worlds so fully. Editors bring fresh eyes and objectivity to
the process. They do much, much more than rearrange punctuation.
*Don't even ask about the carnage I inflicted upon Our Friend the Noble Hyphen.
A few announcements:
be on an authors' panel on Tuesday, November 1, at 7 PM. The topic is
"GETTING PUBLISHED." It's at the Cherry Hill (NJ) Library (1100 Kings
Highway North, Cherry Hill, New Jersey 08034-1911 ). My fellow
panelists will be Jon Gibbs, Danielle Ackley-McPhail, Kristin
Battestella, Mike McPhail and Jonathan Maberry of the New Jersey Authors Network.
Children's Book World, Haverford, PA
is having its annual author/illustrator night on Friday, November 4,
8-9 PM. It's a great chance to meet and talk with authors and
illustrators, have some snacks, get some books signed. The atmosphere is
always festive and casual.
A YA e-anthology, The First Time,
appeared today. It contains stories by several writers I know and love:
Cyn Balog, Lauren Bjorkman, Leigh Brescia, Jennifer Brown, Kirstin
Cronn-Mills, Janet Gurtler, Teri Hall, Cheryl Renee Herbsman, Stacey
Jay, Heidi R. Kling, C. Lee McKenzie, Saundra Mitchell, Jenny Moss,
Jackson Pearce, Shani Petroff, Carrie Ryan, Sydney Salter, Kurtis
Scaletta, Jon Skovron, Kristina Springer, Rhonda Stapleton, Charity
Tahmaseb, Jessica Verday, J. A. Yang, and Lara Zielin. Check it out!
Only $2.99 on Amazon.