Finding A Book Editor Who Suits You

You’ve spent weeks, months, or even years finishing your book. You’re brimming with excitement and want to release it into the world, but you know it’s lacking something. That something is the touch of a professional editor.

Unfortunately, it is no easy task finding an editor for your book when you’re an indie writer who doesn’t have the connections of the big publishing house. The task is especially difficult when you realize that every editor brings something different to the table. How do you find one that meets your needs?

1. Shop Around. Going with the first person you stumble upon may seem like a good idea at the time, but you would do well to keep looking. Being able to compare a few editors will help you pick the perfect one for your project.

2. Know What You Want. It’s nearly impossible to pick the perfect editor if you don’t know what you want from an editor. Are you wanting someone who can find plot holes, help develop characters, make sure your spelling and grammar are spot on, or all of the above? Certain editors specialize in one of more of these, so ask whether your book editor can perform the duties you want.

3. Have Money. No, a professional editor doesn’t have to cost more than your monthly mortgage. But they don’t work for free. If you’re not willing to invest your money into your book, you aren’t looking for an editor. You’re looking for a friend to give your book a read and give suggestions. And that’s fine. Just know that your friend may not give your book what it needs to really be polished and ready for the general public.

Think this little fella in Cleveland, Tennessee may be just the editor you seek to put the final touches on your book? Drop me a line!


In the Floor Vs. On the Floor

A question was recently posed to me: do people lie on the floor or in the floor?

After much research and careful consideration, I’ve concluded that Isaac is wrong. The correct way to state that someone is lying (or even sitting) upon the floor is to state that they are “on the floor.” Because when you are saying this, you are really saying they are “upon the floor,” and “on the floor” is simply a shorthand way of making this statement.

Don’t believe me? Jessica and John do.

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A Limerick This Day

Challenged a friend and fellow writer, J. Vaden Cavett, to a little poetry exercise and he accepted. He decided we should write limericks, and I said it ought to be about either death or regret.

After a rather embarrassing start, I wound up with something I like enough to toss here. No, it’s not perfect and probably won’t wind up in a middle school literature book. But it was fun, so…enjoy!

When the gazelle met the lion

Sparks flew without either trying

She longed for his mane

And he for a vein

Upon which that night he did dine

There you have it—a heartbreaking tale in a meager five lines.


English Is So Easy

If English is your first language, there are probably some strange things that haven’t struck you as strange for some time.

For instance, pronunciation of words that are spelled the exact same (except for one letter).

Example: love, move, cove—three words that start with different consonants but are otherwise spelled the same. Yet somehow, the “o” sounds completely different in each of them.

Weird? Indeed.


Making Up Words

Ever had difficulty saying just what you want to say?

Do what I do.

Make up a word.