Editing somebody’s writing is so intimate. And sometimes it can feel so presumptuous. That’s why I am so pleased and humbled by the testimonials I receive for my editing work.
This week, I’ve gotten a bumper crop.
I often encourage writers to prepare fresh outlines before they launch into a new draft. I give them feedback on the outlines, they do a little revision, then launch into their new draft with a solid roadmap in place. Here’s what emerging writer Paula Rogers had to say in response to my comments on her outline:
“I am in awe at what you’ve extracted and reorganized from my revised outline notes. After or phone conversation I was hoping you’d be able to provide me examples of how my novel could look as a Three-Act Structure. You did a fantastic job. Your notes will help me immeasurably to produce my own outline. I am very grateful…THANK YOU!”
Christene, an award-winning filmmaker and first-time novelist thanked me for the “great detail and insight” that my full substantive edit of her novel contained. Speaking on the phone, she said that my notes were so thorough and clear that she had no questions—and that she was excited about launching into her final draft. That’s what we want!
Carolyn Jackson, managing editor at Second Story Press, thanked me for the “tons of great ideas and suggestions” in my notes to Christene, and thanked me for my “always excellent work.”
It can get a little lonely up here in the office—which makes this kind of warmth even more appreciated.