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Re: Miscellaneous Musings about Books
I had to read some little bits of Winnie-the-pooh for work the other week, and I was totally charmed by it. Much funnier than I was expecting!

Wait. What? @sennydreadful, say it ain't so!
You should be living the high life off Copper, Iron and Silver royalties!
Er, what is your day job?

Ha! I wish  ;) I work as a copywriter in my day job, so still writing - it just involves fewer dragons and taverns, unfortunately. The good news is, I mainly write copy about books! :D

October 19, 2016, 10:40:07 AM
Re: Editors - any advice?
Summoning @sennydreadful. Do you have a moment to suggest things for Gem_Cutter?

GC, if you haven't met Sennydreadful (aka Jen Williams), she's a published author of wonderful adventurous fantasy novels whom most on F-F adore for her books and her incredible penmanship, er, friendliness, er, yeah. Personhood.  :-[  ;D

Hello! *waves*

I'm not sure how helpful my experience will be here - my work with editors has always come after the first draft is finished. In truth, my editor only sees the book on the second or even third draft, because I have a huge aversion to anyone seeing my rough work... Before being published by Headline, I had no experience of working with editors at all, relying on my own critical eye and the critical eyeballs of beta readers. And I'm too skint to pay anyone ;)

To be honest, with what you're seeking here, it does sound like you would get the same, or more appropriate, help from a writing group or even a creative writing course. Now, I don't have experience with either of those things either (woe, I am such a solitary writer) but everything I've heard from colleagues suggests that they can be massively helpful, if you're open to it.

As Cupiscent said below, there are no shortcuts with writing, and sometimes it just takes a really bloody long time. You wrestle with a book for years, you have to fight your way through, etc. I suspect at this stage an editor will be giving you a range of potential solutions - and if that's what you want, then that's fine. Just bear in mind you may still end up wrestling with the thing for a while yet.  :D I think, judging from your previous posts, you're pretty certain this is the path you want to take anyway, and in that case: be clear with the editor up front what you want, and how much it might cost you. And good luck!

October 20, 2016, 09:32:51 AM
Re: Editors - any advice?
Hi Ms. Dreadful!
I have heard others speak very highly of your work, and appreciate you answering Jmack's summons. I have not yet read your books, but they're on my TBR list, which is still shiny and new after Jmack built it for me in a desperate bid to update me to the modern age. I'm 4 books into it? I forget. I am currently following Locke Lamorra through his lies at the moment.

I share your sensitivity about people seeing your work before it's ready for prime-time, but I draw the line further out. My writing experience has been very social with teams of 3 to 30 all working together, and I draw the line at the customer, which now means publishers and agents.

Your advice is good, and I was very specific with my editor and laid out my objectives. Her response: "That is EXACTLY what I do." Her cost was competitive with similar services elsewhere. She's very qualified and has edited works discussed here on several occasions, and garnered reviews and accolades from  authors she has helped. So I am hopeful and optimistic that she and I will be able to move my novel forward. Also I am playing a long game (I hope) and trying to establish a good editor relationship earlier than I need one. Did you go through multiple editors before you found Mr./Mrs. Right?

I learned some years ago that I am an idea machine, but my ideas range from horrendously bad to distinctively innovative and compelling - and having a partner to help me toss out the bad is more useful for me than I can communicate.

If you have any other advice on working with an editor, I am all ears.

Hi! Well I have been incredibly lucky with editors, which is handy, because in traditional publishing, unless you're  Stephen King or J. K. Rowling, your editor chooses you rather than the other way around ;) My first editor was a chap called John Wordsworth, who was a commissioning editor at the time at Headline - my agent sent him the MS for The Copper Promise and he became it's champion. John really understood what I was doing with that book and editing with him was a joy, involving many excitable phone calls and emails (it helped that John is possibly one of the loveliest people in publishing). Eventually though he left Headline, and since then I have worked with two more editors, who have both been fantastic - enthusiastic and sharp and utterly efficient. And lovely. Headline really are fabulous.

Unless you have some sort of enormous conflict with your editor, authors generally don't get to demand a new one - and it's not something I would recommend. Generally, if you're really butting heads, that's something your agent will step in and smooth over. Thankfully I've never been in a million miles of such a thing happening, but I have heard of incidents...

Further advice-wise, there was something I thought of while I was writing my blog post on editing. When you get your editorial letter (summarising all the things that might need changing) it's sometimes possible to feel a bit bummed out, because by its very nature it will be listing things that need work, or stuff that doesn't quite hang together. Usually I sulk a little bit, and when I first get it I can feel very resistant to changing anything. So my advice is: give yourself some time to absorb it, go and eat your favourite comfort food, and then when you come back everything will seem much more reasonable. :)

October 20, 2016, 03:11:39 PM
Re: Nanowrimo 2016 I won't have time to Nano this year (in the middle of editing The Ninth Rain, woop woop!) but having done it a few times in the past, I wrote a little blog post with survival tips. Which may or may not be helpful.  :)

November 01, 2016, 03:08:54 PM
Re: Release Date: 23 Feb 2017 - The Ninth Rain, by Jen Williams Hooray! Equal parts excitement and terror  ;D
November 29, 2016, 09:36:36 AM
Re: Your 2016 Bests
4. What book are you looking forward to the most in 2017? - Will Hilary Mantel finish Wolf Hall?

I live in hope!

December 31, 2016, 12:21:48 PM
Re: Conventions 2017 *jumps into thread to look bashful*

Aw shucks!

I will almost definitely be at Fantasy in the Court (it's practically my favourite event because it's standing around drinking and chatting), definitely Bristolcon because I am a guest of honour  :o :o :o and hopefully will be at Fantasycon and EdgeLit.  ;D

January 27, 2017, 12:36:20 PM
Re: Mass Effect: Andromeda I AM SO EXCITED

Female Turian! Krogan! I cannot wait to meet them all.

January 27, 2017, 12:37:49 PM
Re: Writers - Empathy and Lack Thereof I have been known to cry over toilet roll adverts, so it's possible I have a lot of empathy. ;) Plus, my books are built around the characters, and my goal is to make the reader care about them, or at least want to know what happens to them - so empathy is at the heart of writing for me. :)
February 10, 2017, 10:15:46 AM
Re: Release Date: 23 Feb 2017 - The Ninth Rain, by Jen Williams It was a fabulous evening! So fabulous I spent most of yesterday clinging to the sofa scoffing ibuprofen...

Ignoring my hangover for a moment, it was lovely that so many people came out despite Storm Doris, and I got to practise my new baby griffin doodle many many times.  ;D

February 25, 2017, 10:44:01 AM