What is an Editor?

As I’m trying to build up my client list for my freelance business Write Now I’m coming across a lot of confusion in regards to what editing is. At first it catches me off guard; what do you mean you don’t know what an editor is? But the more I think about it, the more I understand. So today I want to clear up some confusion.

The snarky answer is an editor edits. But the term “editor” is thrown around a lot and encompasses several different areas of editing. There’s audio editing. Sound editing (which is different from “audio editing”). Film editing. Journalistic editors. But with story/book/manuscript editing, that’s a whole different animal.

As I’m trying to build up my client list for my freelance business Write Now I’m coming across a lot of confusion in regards to what editing is. At first it catches me off guard; what do you mean you don’t know what an editor is? But the more I think about it, the more I understand. So today I want to clear up some confusion.

The snarky answer is an editor edits. But the term “editor” is thrown around a lot and encompasses several different areas of editing. There’s audio editing. Sound editing (which is different from “audio editing”). Film editing. Journalistic editors.  But with story/book/manuscript editing, that’s a whole different animal.

In short, all of these types of editing have similarities. They all take an original work, fiction or non, and help make it better. They remove the parts the audience doesn’t need. They improve the flow of the story, or reword it (scene or text or track list), and they make the project as a whole stronger. And just like with film or music or sound or even news articles an editor take an author’s story and makes it better.

This always puts the first-time writers into a weird situation. They either think that an editor isn’t necessary because, hey, I’m such a good writer and this book is going to be amazing! I don’t need anyone to edit for me! Or they think that they don’t need to do any editing at all, and that it’s 100% the editor’s job to do so.

First off, you do need to put your work through at least two rounds of your own editing. This does two things: finds the “dumb” mistakes (missing words, missing periods, misspellings, etc.) and allows you to see what mistakes you as a writer consistently make which helps you be more aware of them in the future.

A lot of new writers feel that writers write and editors edit. Shipping off an unedited copy of your work to an editor is going to do two things: enrage them and have them charge you more for the additional amount of work they need to do. The expectation of a good editor is that you’ve already, at minimum, proofread your piece. If they are handed a project that is nigh unreadable they are going to drop you.

So what specifically does an editor do? That’s really up to what you need and their skills. There’s three sort of “main” types of editing, although different kinds exist as well. There’s developmental editing, where the editor advises on how the story/book should be changed, often with rewrites. Line editing, which is what most people think of with editing, which is proofreading and fixing grammar, mechanical, and spelling errors. And finally copyediting reviews the project for incorrect information, consistency with word choice and hyphens, etc., and also makes sure that your characters and story are consistent chapter to chapter (did the main character have red hair in chapter 4 but now in chapter 10 has blonde hair that we never saw her dye?).

Editing is a huge undertaking and is often intimidating for the writer. You’ve poured your blood, sweat, and tears (so many tears) into your story and now you’re shipping it off to an editor like it’s summer camp. That’s why when choosing an editor you need to make sure that they respect you as a writer and that they will treat your project as if it were their own.

As a writer myself I understand how important your story is to you. And when I edit, I edit as if it were my own writing. I take your story seriously and make sure it becomes as strong as possible. I am currently accepting submissions for editing stories and manuscripts. For more information please visit my site Write Now. I offer prompt quality service you can trust!

The Honor and Privilege: Proofreading for Lori Lesko

So this week I was contacted by a very near and dear friend, as well as a fellow writer (one who has way more experience, panache, talent, and is arguably better looking) miss Lori Lesko.

So this week I was contacted by a very near and dear friend, as well as a fellow writer (one who has way more experience, panache, talent, and is arguably better looking) miss Lori Lesko. Not only is she a wonderful author and a U2  (the band, but she may also enjoy the airplane; I’m not real sure) enthusiast, she is a wonderful person and if you aren’t already reading her books or following her on Twitter, that needs to change right now.  You gon learn today.

Ms. Lesko (you know, I never bothered asking if it’s ‘Mrs.’, which just goes to show the kind of friend I am) sent me a short piece to proof to assist her in scoring a scholarship for a dream opportunity of going to a Paris writing retreat. This is huge for me because 1) more practice proofing and editing stories which I’ve been craving and 2) it gives me a chance to help a friend cross something off of a bucket list.

I could not be more excited for her and I’m incredibly proud and I can’t wait to dive in. Which I’m doing as soon as I hit “post” on this.

Once again, I cannot say enough about her stories. I’m still catching up myself on her catalog but so far my favorite has been the psychological thriller The Therapist. It’s a lot of fun to read with some great rising action that keeps you glued. Also, if you love it as much as I do you’ll be happy to know she’s working on a new thriller and it sounds like she’s having a lot of fun with it.

Best of luck Lori! Hopefully I’m able to help you out and fingers crossed I do you proud.

If you want to send me a Tweet you can talk my ear off up to 140 characters @CWojcek.

The Highs and Lows of Writing for Others: 7 Steps to Getting Over Losing Clients

Two weeks ago I was on top of the world. I was getting a lot of interest for my freelancing services and I scored two clients who wanted me to work with them long-term. This is it, I thought. This is the first steps to me making it. Things were great; they loved the first few projects I did for them. They were excited.

And then all of sudden they did a complete 180.

Two weeks ago I was on top of the world. I was getting a lot of interest for my freelancing services and I scored two clients who wanted me to work with them long-term. This is it, I thought. This is the first steps to me making it. Things were great; they loved the first few projects I did for them. They were excited.

And then all of sudden they did a complete 180. Without warning they now hated that week’s submissions. As their hired writer a lot of this does fall on me and I accept that. However, a lot of it had to do with them not expressing their needs explicitly enough. And that’s fine; every client has the potential for not working out. But it did send me into a tailspin.

I’m not a good writer after all. I can’t do this. I’m going to have to go get a job at Wal-Mart.

Some people are able to shrug off rejection and immediately move on with their life. As I’ve discussed before, I have anxiety and depression. If you’ve never lived with it, the long and short of it is you already assume everyone hates you and so when you experience rejection of any kind it cuts deep.

So I’ve been floundering ever since. I’ve done a few small jobs here and there but nearly what I’ve needed to in order to earn what I need to be. That said, I have not given up hope. In fact, it’s given me a little perspective and made me realize that I went into this a little Spongebob-esque and I needed to be more realistic about it to begin with. That’s where I had the following realizations:

 

Don’t Get Down About It

This is easier said than done, especially with the whole mental illness thing. Was I down about it? Very much so. I saw my dream job slipping through my fingers. I panicked. I thought this is the end. But then I finally dusted myself off and got right back to it. I also spent time working on my own personal projects that I had been neglecting, as well as some house keeping for my online profiles. When something damages your house, you have to pick up the mess.

Learn Tips on How to Change

The biggest problem with the current generation is that we’ve taught everyone that nothing is ever their fault. This is a huge issue; it’s only breeding narcissists and it makes people feel that they can do no wrong. Do yourself a favor; reflect and accept the mistakes that you personally made. It will help you grow as a writer and as a person.

Don’t be Afraid – Change Big

I realized the direction I was trying to go in may not have been the best for me anyways. I am a good writer, and I don’t mean that in a boastful way. I have natural writing skills and I enjoy doing it. But I’m leaning towards trying to move away from trying to join the billions of other freelancers in trying to crank out articles and posts for others and move towards more editing. It’s not that I dislike doing articles, but everyone seems to have an opinion on how they should and should not read. That, and the market is fairly saturated.

When things go south take it as an opportunity to reevaluate what you are doing and why.

Stay Open Minded

Your knee jerk reaction is that they are wrong and you are blameless and they’re just being dumb/petty/etc. Keep an open mind: do they have a point? Could you have done things better? Read some articles and try to learn one or two new things. It doesn’t have to apply 100% to you but as long as you pick up something new along the way it wasn’t a wasted trip.

Practice the New Thing

Write a few practice pieces using the new techniques. If nothing else you get some additional writing time and potential new samples to show to new clients. It’s a win-win and it gives you some practice time under your belt. As writers it’s easy to get into a rut of only writing or editing or whatever a certain way day in and day out. Try something new. Me personally, I would love to learn how to write poetry. That is something I’m going to research and practice for myself if and when I get some downtime. It will only help you grow as a writer.

Clients Aren’t Honest the First Time

Clients are in the same boat as you, just in a different seat. You’re desperate for work, and they need someone to complete their project. At first everything is going to be honeymoon phase with them: all of your samples look wonderful, they think you’re going to be a great fit, you’re so good. And then after the first piece everything changes. You are now no longer viewed as a partner or as someone whose services are being used; you are now being used as something more akin to an employee. Don’t let them see you that way. You are your own boss. You do work for them, but in the same way a plumber works for you when your sink breaks. Keep that line drawn firmly in the sand.

No Two Clients are the Same

The two clients in question had complete opposite complaints. I had one who said I wasn’t writing boldly or aggressively enough (too academically was the final point) and the other said I was writing too aggressively and talking down to the audience (“that didactic tone that rubs people the wrong way” is what they had said). No two clients are going to be the same. This was fully on me; I was fighting off a sinus infection and was simply trying to get through my work as quickly as possible that week. And it royally bit me in the butt. Your clients don’t care who your other clients are, and they shouldn’t. Each one should be treated as if they are your only one. However, if they don’t meet you halfway and ensure that you know what they want, you’re both being set up for failure.

Clearly I’m looking to take on new clients.  For a full list of my services and pricing please visit Write Now to schedule me for your projects!

The 4th – a haiku, and some babble

Sarah, Not Sahara

BANG! Independence
The sound of fireworks, not guns
No reason to fear

I heard the fireworks for a few minutes before I went outside to watch them tonight, and it really sunk in that for many people in many places, these are sounds that they’ve only ever heard in the context of war. For many people, these sounds strike nothing but fear into their hearts. That got to me. I started to imagine what it would be like if the sounds outside weren’t harmless* fireworks, but an actively approaching army determined to wipe out my entire city. What would I do? Would I start running around and screaming in panic? Would I freeze right where I was? Would I do what the English did during the WWII air raids, and try to block all emission of light from my home in order to appear invisible? Would I just keep reading…

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WATTPAD WRITERS: GET EXPOSURE THROUGH THIS

WATTPAD REVIEW CORNER

Many of the wattpad writers have strained day and night, fought many battles and have sacrificed personal life to write a better story in wattpad.

Why do they go to such efforts to deliver a story?
Just one reason. Search for Appreciation.

But when they don’t get any exposure , it seems as if all the efforts and sacrifices are in vain.
But when they get the first like or the first appreciative message, all the efforts they have put into will seem trivial.

A group of such wattpad writers have come together and started a hashtag
#goodundiscoveredgems for such writers to link their stories to the hashtag and get more readers.

So wattpad writers all around the world, please promote it and do share your own works too with #goodundiscoveredgems. Also fans of wattpad, help fellow wattpaders by sharing about it.

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New Post Soon

I had hoped to post one or two new things this week but I’m hard at work editing and formatting my WIP THE AUTUMN MAGE. The rough, pre-edited version is up on Wattpad.

I do have some post ideas and they are coming. I’m just so close to finishing my first book that 1) I’m excited and 2) that’s taking most of my attention right now.

I had hoped to post one or two new things this week but I’m hard at work editing and formatting my WIP THE AUTUMN MAGE. The rough, pre-edited version is up on Wattpad.

I do have some post ideas and they are coming. I’m just so close to finishing my first book that 1) I’m excited and 2) that’s taking most of my attention right now.

I am still scheduling work that pays. For academic, creative, or professional business writing services you can schedule me. Head over to my website www.writenowfl.com and I can schedule your projects!

I appreciate your patience and I look forward to your comments and your gigs!

39 Ways to Torment Your Cat

Before anyone freaks out and calls PETA and starts burning kitty litter boxes on my front lawn, I’m talking about a hilarious e-book that I’ve come across. I’m a Sagittarius, and while I don’t buy into zodiac signs too much, I am an avid animal lover. Not only do I love animals, but I seem to attract friends who love and live with a lot of animals. As a budding writer I’m always looking for fun books to read to relax and take my mind off, and this one certainly fits that mold.

Before anyone freaks out and calls PETA and starts burning kitty litter boxes on my front lawn, I’m talking about a hilarious e-book that I’ve come across. I’m a Sagittarius, and while I don’t buy into zodiac signs too much, I am an avid animal lover. Not only do I love animals, but I seem to attract friends who love and live with a lot of animals. As a budding writer I’m always looking for fun books to read to relax and take my mind off, and this one certainly fits that mold.

I have a love/hate relationship with cats. I love cats because they’re adorable and unintentionally hilarious. I hate them because they have a sixth sense and know how very allergic I am to them and they insist on rubbing their cute little faces all over me, making me sneeze my brains out. Where people compare living with dogs to living with a tiny hairy baby, cats are more like little 7-year-olds: they are overly confident for how little they actually understand about the world and they take themselves way too seriously. Because of this anytime they do something stupid it’s twice as funny.

If you’re like me you spend a lot of time looking at cats and cat related posts online. I have a friend Emily who we are constantly texting cat pictures and articles to each other pretty much daily. Cats are a constant source of amusement and I can’t get enough dumb adorable kitties when I’m goofing off on Facebook.

If you like to laugh at cats I highly recommend the e-book 39 Way to Torture Your Cat. It’s a hilarious look at one man’s plight of being stuck home alone with his wife’s cat Patrick after he lost his job. The book is part daily musings and part petty revenge shenanigans with an annoying household pet. If you’ve ever had a cat or been around someone who owns one, you will definitely relate to this e-book.

This book is a fun read with some great illustrations provided. It would make a great gift for the cat lover and/or hater in your life, especially if they have a great sense of humor. Again, it is not a literal way of harming animals; no cats were waterboarded during the writing of this book. It’s more in the vein of old school cartoons like Tom and Jerry.

If you love to laugh and you love to laugh at cats, you need to pick up this e-book. Check it out and let me know how you liked it in the comments below.

 

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