November 23, 2013 in Dag

My editor is ace

I’m working on editing at the moment. It may not sound it, but it’s actually pretty exciting, because it means that I’m on the home stretch.

The work in question is the latest in the strange adventures of Neville Lansdowne. Recall that he fell off the world in Doodling and he pushed the world out of shape in Scribbling. Now, in this latest novella titled Scrawling, Neville is off on a whole new adventure with a bunch of strange new companions. Stay tuned to find out more soon.

In the meantime, I’m working on fine-tuning the manuscript into shape. The best possible shape. And for this I have to give a big thank you to my wonderful editor, Cathy.

She’s been really amazing when it comes to helping me put the finishing touches to my work. It’s really interesting how I can read something repeatedly and think it’s clean and tight and just right, but once she’s gone through it, she can point out all these spots where things are actually not so tight or clear, or could be worded better. Not to mention those pesky little typos I never seem to catch.

I really feel that she’s made my a better writer. She’s helped me to identify the common errors that I make, and be more prepared for them. She’s alerted me to the words that I tend to overuse and overuse and overuse, helping me to be more varied in my use of words. She’s pushed me to find better and clearer ways to express myself. Hopefully the results will be plain to see once Scrawling is released (either later this year or early next).

So I’d like to end this post with a big thanks to Cathy for the work she’s put in to help me with my writing. As an editor, she’s really ace!

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