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  1. Enjoyed the article, @lynnmosher, thanks for sharing. That first point really gets me as an editor. The other day I was working with a 5,100 word article. Just by trimming his verbosity I got it down to 4,800. And I really want to cut at least another 50 but it's a new client so I'm already potentially ticking him off. Long ago Cecil Murphy taught me to "value your reader's time" and it has been one of the most important concepts I keep in mind as a writer. If I'm writing to sound eloquent or because of my needs as a writer I am asking people to waste time they can never get back. T
  2. Ah, well, it's a beautiful name.
  3. If it's no darker than Harry Potter or Peter Jackson. It'd be fun to talk!
  4. You know this is what lots of editors do. Are you too strapped for funds to pay someone to be both honest with you and help your book (which sounds delightful) shine?
  5. Is this the same Adelaide as in the 800s Christian princess perchance? My goal is to wrap up my eschatology manuscript for middle schoolers (I'm up to Revelation 18, so it's getting close), figure out how I want to get it published and pray about whether to have all my connections know what I believe about something so polarizing or use a pseudonym. Other than that, my goals are more on the editing career path. So for those of you looking for a reasonably priced coach/editor...
  6. Public domain images are a life saver if you can find them. I start my searches with GoodSearch which uses Yahoo! They offer a sorter button on the right that can be set to all different levels of rights. It's not perfect since it will pull adds from the stock sites, but it often is a big help if something is reasonably popular and easy to photograph. Or you can really dig in with the list here: https://www.digitaltrends.com/photography/where-to-download-public-domain-images/ If it was for my cover I would probably choose to pay an artist to insure I end up with something
  7. All the people I've helped as a professional editor have been self-published, or will be soon (I hope). One guy was a pro at another medium: audio dramas. He went from his best effort draft to published with high quality in 2 months. But he hired me, a proofreader-formatter, and cover designer, and did the publicity himself. It was a lot of work and required fair amount of outflow of cash. But now he gets to impact the world faster and retain far more of the profits. You can totally self-publish well, but it takes a lot of thought and up front cost to do right--that and/or a
  8. That is so good to remember. Not that it's wise to publish without getting polished since it will affect the enjoyment of many, but to keep the "theater of the mind" always before us. It's both an added element to be aware of but a blessing because the burden doesn't lie only with us. We just suggest and let our reader bring themselves to the table. I like how he pointed out some are more visual, others verbal, and even emotive. What a fun way to think abou it!
  9. Totally different experience from a long work. But even for this although I'll reread once on the day I compose something short I try never to send it in or publish on the same day because I am going to notice opaque word choices far better when I'm farther away from the thoughts. For me, on longform writing I try to keep going as I 'vomit' thoughts out at first. But when I come back each day if I had to stop in the middle of something I'll do a light edit of the last page or two to get me back in the flow of my thinking. But mostly I save editing for a second pass.
  10. Good point, unless there are missing elements. I bet a good editor would love the chance to suggest things to deep dive into and expand. We don't get to flip our focus from cutting to building up that often, but I know it's a fun thing to tell someone "Great job on this, give me more!"
  11. One of my connections on LinkedIn is an illustrator who wrote this guide with children's authors in mind. But the more I think about her third point the more I'm seeing this is something for us to understand long before finding an artist: I think it's worth watching for if you find yourself pulled in to a loosely physically sketched main character's experience and more "friends" with tightly described characters. Neither is bad, but the effect on the reader is going to be different.
  12. That is a seriously important accomplishment, @paulchernoch. Congratulations on sticking it out and getting your ideas and research down on paper! I'm with @Shamrock. While I love the concept you've got, @paulchernoch, such a long book would be a turn off for most of us. If it's one seamless theme throughout you might have the full length tome for scholars and plan a light version with the main ideas for busy pastors and everyday people. Presented well it would be something lots of us would be delighted to read! Luckily, having done something similar myself, I know the lite versio
  13. While I prefer something about the level of gore an 8 year old boy could handle, everything you're saying about purpose, grit, and real evil is why I've never gotten into Christian fiction. I used to read Clancy until his sailor language started getting into my brain! Give me and my boys heroes, not wusses. And everything is always changing, but as long as we follow a God who chose a book to communicate his eternal truth, there will be a market of readers. Literacy and the Bible walk hand in hand. Get my sons engaged in a story and they will have an easier time with the Bible and vice ver
  14. I love the sense of "what if..." that fantasy makes possible. To have things that are inert and non-sentient given voices and wills. And I love when the reality of good and evil is spelled out clearly. I don't have to feel bad about an orc getting killed--they were not redeemable! Beyond that, it's got to pluck a few of the notes MacDonald and Tolkien sent vibrating through the genre. It's not good if I don't feel like there could be an arrow on the edge of the map (all fantasy must have a map) between their worlds and the one I'm reading. And I love the colors, textures, and
  15. Now a freelance editor you hire before sending it to the acquisitions editor? We specialize in seeing the positives along with fixing the negatives. That's what makes us worth our hire!
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