The Joy of Editing

It’s been an interesting August. The reason? I spent several weeks of it editing ‘A Love Most Dangerous.’

As I wrote in an earlier blog Lake Union Publishing approached me to take on my latest novel and re-launch it in the spring of 2015. One of the things which was most appealing about the offer was the chance to have the book edited in a thorough-going manner.

It was a fascinating process and I learned a lot from it. It was engrossing, challenging, frustrating, fun, illuminating, annoying and exhausting. It’s been a long time since I spent eight hours at a desk with hardly a break and only a gecko for company.

gecko My chum and assistant Garibaldi Gecko.


I’m confident that the book has been greatly improved by the process. My editor was brilliant, creative, fun, full of ideas and sensible suggestions. I was particularly grateful that she was a novelist as it made for a productive and respectful two-way process.

The next step is the copy-edit.

I’ve learned a lot from things so well. But I have to say that I prefer writing to editing. CA_GD_LAKE_final_2(2)




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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1 Response to The Joy of Editing

  1. Good for you Martin, that’s great! Best of luck with the relaunch when it happens! 🙂

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