aprilhenry (aprilhenry) wrote,

A good editor who can find?

(With apologies to Proverbs)

An editor of noble character who can find?
She is worth far more than rubies.
Her authors have full confidence in her
and lack nothing of value.
She brings them good, not harm,
all the days of her life.
She sees themes and subtexts
and works with an eager eye.
She considers a manuscript and buys it;
out of her earnings she builds a series.
She sets about her work vigorously;
her brain is strong for her tasks.
She speaks with wisdom,
and faithful instruction is on her tongue.

So I spoke to my editor this morning about The Girl in the Mini Cooper. It was a follow-up to the editorial letter she sent me yesterday.

I am blessed to be working with two excellent editors right now. (And having been at five houses, I know whereof I speak.) She suggested places to tighten, pointed out a character who spoke too stiffly, and raised a plot question (which, thank goodness, I can answer!). She also said the ending felt too rushed. That seems to be my default. I don't know if it's because I get excited and just leap forward, or if I'm sick of the book by that point.

Or both.

What I most appreciate about editors is that when you turn something into them, you worry that anything and everything could be wrong with it. Setting, characters, voice, dialog, plot, etc. etc. But once you hear back you can let go of all that and concentrate on their suggestions.

I'm a lucky girl.

(Oh, and so far the title is sticking! I have never kept a YA title before. We'll see if that lasts.)

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