Editors are an important part of the publication process, but we are not gods. We make suggestions, some more strongly than others, but in the end, the writer decides what they will and will not change.
I offered to do some free sample edits in order to show you how I work and what I look for. Hopefully, this is a learning process for us all.
Our first edit comes from Helena Stone, who gave me permission to share her name with you. The sample is from a short story she recently posted on her blog. You can read the rest of it here.
On the issue of American English vs British English: some publishers will insist on changing BE to AE, but not all of them do. I point it out in the sample for informational purposes only. BE is not incorrect. 🙂 To see the samples more clearly, click on them.
The story starts well, and the writing is good. I suggested minor changes only. Helena is at the beginning of her writing career and will get better the more she writes, but already she’s pretty good. 🙂
Moving on to our second sample:
Again, this writer is pretty good, and that last paragraph is terrific! It gave me a nice little thrill. 🙂
Both writers get the reader into the story quickly. You have only a short time to grab their attention, so use it well.
Thanks to the writers for being brave enough to send me samples. Editing can be a frightening process to beginning authors, but if it’s looked at as something positive, it can be invaluable in accelerating the process of learning your craft. Ask yourself why an editor suggests a change, and if you see value in it, incorporate the knowledge into what you already know.
Have a great weekend. See you Monday, when I will be posting an edited excerpt from AJ Rose’s upcoming new release, Consent.