Thursday, January 6, 2011

Why I edit

If you'd tapped me on the shoulder about six year ago and told me I'd be making a complete career change and getting back into publishing after a stint in marketing communications, I'd probably have laughed at you.

But here I am. I've been a sub-editor at a newspaper publisher for half a decade and, about two years ago, I started editing fiction. Why?

I'll be honest. I'm OCD. I'm the kind of person who, if she were to carry around a black marker, would be correcting spelling errors and bad grammar on signs in public places.

No. Really.

I'm going to let you into another secret, however. One of the biggest reasons why I edit fiction is because I love stories. I'm one of these folks who loves getting a manuscript in that needs a bit of polishing, when an author has that mystic X-factor. It's really that love of discovering the diamond in the rough.

It's not easy writing a novel. It's difficult getting published with a reputable publisher. And it's hard work getting your manuscript polished to become the best it can be.

This is where I step in. I see myself as someone who facilitates dreams and turns them into something concrete, something that you can put your name on and send out into the world. Yes, your little stab at immortality.

Yes, I may end up doing horrible things to your darlings, make you cut out whole chapters and rearrange scenes but, you know what? I'm doing it because I love your writing, and I wouldn't have asked to work with your novel unless I saw something there that has the stuff of dreams.

So, do you have a manuscript? Go check out my profile on the Lyrical Press website. Who knows, maybe I can offer your dream a breath of life:


Misha said...

Hahaha I love the image of a random person walking around with a big black marker.

Will definitely check out your profile, although I have plenty of editing to do by myself for now.


Misha said...

Oh my word you're from Cape Town too!

I'll definitely look out for marker wielding strangers from now on.

And I think you can count on me contacting you as soon as my rewrites are done.

Have a great day.

Nerine Dorman said...

Awesome, Misha! The more Capetonians the better! Soon we shall take over the world!

Leatherdykeuk said...

Well I'm very glad you got into editing ;)