Tomorrow is Editor Appreciation day so I’m a little early, but my editors are AWESOME!!! I have three of them. Diana Carlile at The Wild Rose Press, Devin Govaere at Liquid Silver Books and Kate Scott at Whiskey Creek Press. They are FANTASTIC.
1. They are patient
This is especially true of Diana Carlile. Back in August of 2006, she was willing to look past the questionable grammar, the choppy pacing and all that stuff to the story beneath.
2. They Catch My Repeated Words
“Move”, “was”, “that”, “stroke” and most recently “shoulder”.
3. They Work Like Fiends
All three of them are busy people. Diana has an Evil Day Job, Kate has a four month old baby and Devin is a writer. They’re ALWAYS doing something. It’s amazing how they can get it all done.
4. They Reassure Me
Yeah, I’m one of those “sensitive authors” sometimes. I feel guilty that my sales aren’t better. I feel bad that my manuscripts are cleaner when they get them. I feel frustrated that I’m not a stronger writer. They’re good at giving me just the kick in the ass AND the compliments to keep me at it. That takes talent.
5. They’re Always Responsive
I’ve been extremely lucky. My editors are really, really good to me. One of them even lets me Instant Message her which has been invaluable.
6. They are Brilliant
All three of them have suggested changes that made my stories stronger, better. Diana has basically raised me as an Erotic writer. I was such a newbie when she got me.
7. They Encourage Me
Kate has really encouraged me to write for New York. Diana has encouraged me to push the envelope more. They all have had a part in my success.
8. They are ALWAYS Professional
Even when I’m not.
9. They Don’t Mind My Low Sales
I’m not a best seller. They don’t hold it against me.
10. They Don’t Just Rip Stuff Up
All three of them (but especially Kate) will also say how much they like a story. It’s so important to know when I get a manuscript with lots of changes that the basics are solid.
11. They Don’t Bitch Or Complain
I know they must have their own drama with the companies they edit for. Not once has any of them complained about their bosses. Ever. Not to me. Even when they’ve had excellent reasons for frustration or irritation, (with me or the situation) they’ve really been positive.
12. They Work Their Asses Off
If you saw some of the stuff I sent them…..
13. They Are The Best of the Best
Not that I’m biased or anything, but I do think I got the best.
Happy Editors’ Appreciation Day a day early. You guys ROCK!!!!