The Joy of Working with an Editor

One of the most important parts of the revision process is working with an editor.  I realise that not everyone is lucky enough to find a good editor.  If you do find one hang on to them like a purse full of gold.

My editor brings to the task a number of different skills but ones which are all of benefit to the process.  First and foremost she puts herself in the shoes of a reader reading the book for enjoyment and looking out for passages which are confusing or incidents which need better bridging or more leisurely working. This is something which I find more difficult to do as, in the process of writing, my mind has elided any such gaps and omissions.

She has spent much of her life working in the social services field and has insights regarding behaviour and motivation which are invariably stimulating and helpful in deepening character and relationships.  She is a master of detail and can spot an error in punctuation or a verbal infelicity almost as soon as she has turned the page.

Finally, she can discuss the areas for improvement with an open yet critical mind, allowing me to trial various solutions before putting finger to keyboard.

We have been working on the third revision to ‘Artful’, my forthcoming novel.  We’re cracking on with it and hope to publish soon.


About Martin Lake

Martin Lake lives in the French Riviera with his wife. After studying at the University of East Anglia he worked as a teacher, trainer and company director. A serious accident shattered his arm and meant that he had to rein back his work. He decided to concentrate on writing and is now writing full-time. He writes a wide range of fiction. His main interests are historical fiction, short stories and fiction for young adults. Martin has a series of novels 'The Lost King' which are set in the years following the Norman Invasion of England. They concern Edgar Atheling, last representative of the ancient English royal dynasty and his fight to regain the throne from William the Conqueror. Martin has also published 'Artful' the further adventures of the Dodger and 'Outcasts' a novel about fall of the Crusader Kingdom of Jerusalem. His latest novel, 'A Love Most Dangerous' is about a maid of honour who becomes the lover of Henry VIII. Martin’s work has been broadcast on radio. He won first prize in the Kenneth Grahame Society competition to write a story based on 'The Wind in the Willows.' You can get the collection, 'The Wind in the Willows Short Stories' from Amazon.
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2 Responses to The Joy of Working with an Editor

  1. bibliopirate says:

    I couldn’t imagine trying to get something published without a good editor.

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