edits, Edits, EDITS

While I had a wonderful holiday season I spent the majority of the week around Christmas editing two LONG pieces. Boy, when you edit two at the same time you KNOW you’re long winded! Hey I have to laugh at myself. What was even worse is that one of the pieces was one I’d written a long time ago and then decided to spruce it up. Hmmm… now after doing that and re-editing before I submitted, when I got it back I was like – WTF?  Now why do you ask after having been sent in? Well, I’m fortunate enough to have a publisher who allows me the opportunity to take another critical pass at my pieces before she goes through and edits. I say fortunate because I’ve come a LONG way in the two years because of working with some fabulous people at Rebel Ink Press and at Naughty Nights Press.

Now, trust me writers you can never truly edit your own work because you’re just too close to the piece so I don’t care how many times I go over them I’m going to find something wrong. This time? I literally bloodied the page. For those who don’t know what editing truly does – there is a tracking mechanism that allows comments to be made and punctuation to be corrected and the author can chose to accept, deny or change. Try and imagine if you have something in every line. That’s what It’s called to bloody the page. And trust me – my entire manuscript looked like I was splashing red paint. But you know what? That’s just fine.

   I write this because I’ve been seeing too many authors whining lately about everything from covers to how much work it is marketing and then there’s the editing issue. Readers will look by a few errors – especially if they love either the book or your work. BUT – they refuse to finish a book that’s riddled with errors. The editors are the last line of defense for you before the product goes out. Now most contracts allow for writers to accept or deny at their own peril but I have to say – that reflects badly on the publisher so I’m NOT a fan of that.

Authors also need to learn. If you continue to make the same mistakes – why in the world would a publisher want to work with you? It’s their time. If they see someone with potential they’ll try and help and work to enable YOU as a writer to grow but you have to listen to what they’re saying. We ALL make mistakes. “E” from Rebel and I laugh – now anyway – because I refused to use conjunction have the time. People don’t say – he is or I am – all the time. They say he’s and I’m going to the store. I just had a freaking mental block. You can bet I go through now with a fine tooth comb,

But – I still make mistakes. I had wonderful people in the beginning of my career take the time to help me understand what I was doing wrong. I had subbed about eight pieces to Ellora’s Cave and needless to say I was NOT accepted – LOL. BUT the fabulous editor took time writing me emails (which is NEVER done) and telling me what I was doing wrong – let me count the ways. Instead of bashing her I really took it to heart and you know what? She and I are friends and we talk. I haven’t subbed to them again because I feel loyalty to who I am with (I also think that’s very important) but I’ll give her credit all the time for what she taught me and the time she took.

Now – back to the whining – STOP. For God’s sake authors you are nuts if you think the publisher or editors really want to read your drivel. BTW – I’m edited for several publishers now so I do know what I’m talking about. A lot of publishers in trying to get established take pieces where they see potential and maybe later on down the line they wouldn’t have accepted them. Happens all the time. If the potential grows and the author learns they are so happy. I’ve seen this happen myself and was honestly quite amazed at the change he made and continues to do. But when a writer does nothing but whine all the time about having to do the edits? Not cool and no one wants to work with you. Do editors make mistakes? You bet. They’re human too.

I’ve had issues with an editor who tried to tell me about BDSM and I was all huffy HERE in the sanctity of my house. And then I calmed my ass down and re-read what she was trying to say and went – well DUH. She’s right. And so the piece got stronger. You might have real issues that you need to discuss. That’s fine. I know no editors who don’t and won’t take the time to talk with you. I’ve had an editor accidentally change tenses and I caught it. So things happen. But it’s how you handle the situation.

You want to be a drama King or Queen? It’s going to reflect in the work and eventually in the fact you will garner a reputation. I suggest you look at editing in a positive light. It’s another opportunity for you to look over your work and make sure that’s what you want to put out. Everything in this business is an opportunity. It’s how you use it.

I hope you enjoyed.

Kisses   xxx

Cassandre

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Cassandre Dayne is the pseudo for the best selling author of romantic suspense and thrillers
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6 Responses to edits, Edits, EDITS

  1. What an awesome post Cass. I know I make plenty of mistakes and I love my editors for taking the time to fix something for me.

    I’m learning how to make less of them so they won’t take so much time doing mine.

    LOL

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  2. Jolie Du Pre says:

    I’m happy to be with a publisher who edits my work. If I were self-publishing, I would hire an editor. (I have an editor on staff for my flash fiction site.) There’s NO WAY I would put a book out there without an editor. NO WAY.

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  3. me says:

    Yes apparently as an author you are not allowed to have an opinion that differs from that of you publisher. It is good to know that there is an expert such as your self out there.

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    • behalle says:

      *sighs* if I were such an expert I’d be very wealthy and everyone can and should disagree IF they think there’s something wrong. I do believe there’s a time and place since everyone has to work as a team. It’s tough enough as you well know, Alexx. Thanks so much for leaving your input.

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  4. Tessa Wanton says:

    Cass, this is a great post and really from the heart. (Anyone else see that? Passion? Forgiving? Intelligence to know when opening your mind AND HEART is what should be done?) An ongoing lesson in all walks of life is the world does not revolve around one person. Sometimes someone else is actually trying to help. But sadly, those who do not listen become left on the wayside orbiting their own sad world of ‘what happened’. I have seen it all too frequently in my short life, and in truth it saddens me deeply.

    But, all of this is just my opinion, formed by what I observe, and hell, if it wasn’t for editing I’d still be the ellipsis Queen…

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  5. Gemma Parkes says:

    I must admit l moan about edits, but only the work l am editing myself before l send it to a publisher. I suppose it’s because, like you said Cass, it’s really difficult to edit your own work. I pick and pick until l hate it! I would always bow down to people who take the time to edit for me and respect a publishers edits in a flash. It’s the longest part of the job for me. But it does have to be done, several times.

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