I don’t know how most authors feel about editing, but it’s not my favorite part of the writing process. It can be tedious, and I usually end up feeling rather foolish when I get my edits back and see the same mistake pointed out over and over again.
At least, that’s the case when you actually work with a good editor.
It’s been a while since I’ve worked with an editor who actually knew their stuff. Cynthia Shepp, who not only has her own freelance editing business (Cynthia Shepp Book Reviews and Editing), she is also the fabulous editor for Clean Teen Publishing, one of my publishers. Aide from the lovely Phyl Manning, who passed away this year, I’ve had a heck of a time finding an editor who is thorough and truly an expert in their field.
I was thrilled when Wicked Power was recently handed off Cynthia, because I knew she was top notch. When I got edits back from her and I didn’t find an error free page until I got to page 95 in my manuscript, I had mixed feelings. Cynthia clearly did a great job and caught all my errors, but I was rather annoyed at myself because the errors she fixed were pretty much the same four errors over and over again.
So, to serve as a reminder to myself, and possibly to keep other authors from tripping up over the same things, here’s what I learned from Cynthia.
- Here’s what Cynthia had to say about this one: “
- Easy way to remember whether to use I or me. If you take out the other person, the sentence has to make sense with either I or me.
- With that, the privacy window rolls up and secludes Ketchup and I. (WRONG).
- With that, the privacy window rolls up and secludes I. (WRONG)
- With that, the privacy window rolls up and secludes me. (RIGHT)
- With that, the privacy window rolls up and secludes Ketchup and me. (RIGHT)
- Although Andrew spent several years in Africa, he still found the heat of the desert overwhelming.
- Ex: If you’re not sure about the color, let me know VS Let me know if you’re not sure about the color.
- I have done all the laundry, but he has only vacuumed one room.