I haven’t posted here for a while. At first, it was because I was taking on a lot of editing work—which was a wonderful reason not to have time to write! It’s been such an incredible experience collaborating with my indie clients to help them craft their stories, whether through the big-picture view of manuscript assessments or the nuts and bolts of stylistic and copy editing. I also had the opportunity to work on multiple series, and it was so much fun celebrating along with my authors whenever each new book was published.

Then something happened. As I experienced my authors’ passions for writing tales about kick-butt swords-for-hire or snarky urban sorceresses or courageous vampires or assassins with a fear of blood, it rekindled something in me—my desire to write my own urban fantasy novel. But I knew I was never going to get around to it if I didn’t even have the time to write blog posts!

So I made a conscious decision to only take on manuscript assessments going forward, and I set to work at seriously writing a draft of my own first novel after many years of starts and stops.

The indie authors I work with are the most generous people I have ever met. Now that I am the one jumping into the fray, they have been so supportive, offering advice and cheering me on. I have been so inspired by them, and I am thrilled to be working towards self-publishing my own story.

In Ottawa at the Byward Market with the talented Krista Walsh! (That's Krista on the left and me on the right.)
In Ottawa at the Byward Market with the talented Krista Walsh! (That’s Krista on the left and me on the right.)

Recently, I saw a Twitter post from an editor who was advertising her services by calling herself “100% editor”—someone who wasn’t a writer, and therefore would be a better choice as an editor because she was solely focusing on her clients.

As you might guess, I am viewing things a different way. I feel that by coming full circle, through experiencing the same challenges that my clients have faced in trying to bring their best stories to their readers, it can only make me a better editor.

I’m continuing to enjoy doing manuscript assessments, since I love working with structure and looking at how all of the aspects of a story can be reassembled to make it even stronger.

At the same time, I am writing, and I am so pleased to be able to say I have completed a full draft of my novel, which I am hoping to publish in May 2020!

I’m also going to do my best to write the occasional blog post again and share my thoughts on editing, writing, and self-publishing as I go through this new challenge.

Thank you to everyone reading this. I hope to post again soon! (Or at least, sooner than before!)

All the best,

Sue

 

 

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