Find Your Yoda

Find Your Yoda

Editors are the Yodas of the publishing world. One of the best pieces of advice I have ever received about self-publishing was this: “Whatever you do, you need to hire an editor.” This is brilliant advice for any writer. Even if you’ve got an English lit degree, you need to have someone else look at your work before you release it out into the wild—publishing or just sending out to catch yourself a lit agent. Period. But, Murphy, you say (in our hypothetical relationship, you know that I prefer to be called “Murphy”), that’s well and good, but how, pray...
Sucksville: Four Ways to Combat Editing Frumpiness

Sucksville: Four Ways to Combat Editing Frumpiness

You’ve finished the first draft of your book. Hooray for you! *Fist bumps all around.* But if you’re anything like me, you now find yourself faced with the dreaded editing phase of your work. I’d rather run and hide. What is it about editing that makes it so hard? Maybe it’s the part where you make yourself sit in one place with your nose pressed into the mess of sentences you thought made sense at the time. Or perhaps it’s the fact that mentally you’ve “moved on” from this story and you’re eager to get going on the first draft...