IWSG: Working With an Editor.

This month for the Insecure Writer’s Support Group, I thought I’d talk about doing something I have been putting off for a long time because of my doubts and fears.

This year, in an effort to step out of my comfort zone, I am looking at self-publishing. It’s a huge undertaking, but I’m gradually working my way towards that ultimate goal (I guess you could say I’m being overly cautious). One of those steps I undertook recently was working with an editor.

The first thing I needed to do was to find one and this demonstrated one of the advantages of social media. I asked for recommendations on Facebook and I received a number of replies, including both recommendations and others offering their services. I went through them all and eventually settled on one once I received a sample edit and seeing that their price was reasonable.

Giving my work out to a professional editor made me nervous for a number of reasons: – I was allowing someone other than my beta readers to read my work, and a professional may confirm my belief that I might not be very good at this.

As they are short stories, she emailed each one back to me once she had finished and I was pleasantly surprised with some of the comments I received. Such comments included ‘I liked this one’, ‘you have such a knack for horror’ and ‘what a beautiful story – loved it’. High praise from a well-known Australian romance author, so yeah, I’ll take it! 😉 She said she loved my work and would be happy to work with me again. She also hoped that I was writing a long book and encouraged me to keep writing.

I discovered that editors are there to help you to improve your own editing skills and make your writing stronger, even though it may take some time to find the right one. It also goes to show that sometimes our fears can be misguided, that the old saying is true:- ‘there is nothing to fear but fear itself’.

Have you been fortunate with your choice of editor? Did it take you a while to find one? Are you looking at self-publishing? Do you have any big plans for your writing this year?

The purpose of the Insecure Writer’s Support Group is to share and encourage. Writers can express doubts and concerns without fear of appearing foolish or weak. Those who have been through the fire can offer assistance and guidance. It’s a safe haven for insecure writers of all kinds.

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6 thoughts on “IWSG: Working With an Editor.

  1. Ronel Janse van Vuuren 01/05/2019 — 2:52 pm

    I’m glad you found an editor who “gets” your work 🙂 Happy writing!

    Ronel visiting on #IWSG day: Help me, please!

    1. Debbie Johansson 01/05/2019 — 11:29 pm

      Thanks Ronel! I was very lucky and I’ll be sure to use her services again. 🙂

  2. I’m glad you had a good experience. I bet it felt great to hear how much they loved your work. 😉

    Anna from elements of emaginette

    1. Debbie Johansson 01/05/2019 — 11:32 pm

      Thanks Anna. I was very anxious about hearing back from her, but I was pleasantly surprised – as well as relieved. 😉

  3. It is so awesome that you found someone who will be honest and considerate of your writing. I haven’t done much yet, but I know that when I do I’ll think of the stories or poems as my babies and criticism will be hard to handle. Good for you taking on the step of self-publishing.

    1. Debbie Johansson 02/05/2019 — 6:20 am

      Thanks Anne! Criticism can be hard to handle because we are putting ourselves out there and ‘bleeding on the page’. It can be very personal and can take a while to get used to it. It can also take a while to find the right people to help with constructive criticism, but when you do, make the most of it as they’re there to help. Thanks for stopping by, it’s good to meet you. Best of luck! 🙂

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