Soon my second novel will be released!
Guardian Core, the second book in my Sky Stone series, will be available tomorrow for purchase. I have learnt so much from writing these first two books and I would like to take this opportunity to speak about one lesson in particular.
In the past I was one of those aspiring authors who would barely give an editor a moment of thought. It was too expensive, too much hassle. I believed this until I had completed everything I could with Guardian Core. I had polished it as best as I could alone and with a little help from friends and family. Little did I know how far from good enough that was.
I’d like to now introduce into this post the lovely Vanessa Wells. Vanessa is a copy editor who has been a guest blogger on this site previously, with her post Yes, you CAN afford an editor. She recently contacted me, hoping to interview me for her own blog, and in the process she became my editor.
Never having had a professional editor look over my work, I had no idea what to expect. What it became was a wonderful and clear representation of how Guardian Core could be taken further. She was very thorough, and I cringed a little internally at the number of red notations made on my manuscript, but I agreed with almost all of her suggestions. She asked the right questions so that she could personalise her skills to me. She worked fast and With Vanessa assistance, the finished product is better than I dreamed it would be.
I am far prouder of what I have created now that I know that it is comma and word perfect. Now, I am aware of some of my favourite phrases and lines and can look out for overuse in the future. And yes, Vanessa… I fixed a bunch of those “raised eyebrows”!
I am converted! From now on, all of my books will be looked over by a professional editor.
Check out Vanessa's website here: http://wellsreadediting.ca/
Check out my interview here: http://wellsreadediting.ca/2015/07/interview-with-ya-fantasy-author-scarlett-van-dijk/
A Writer's Tale
Scarlett Van Dijk
Writer of young adult, fantasy series, the Sky Stone series, poetry and short stories.
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