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What a Manuscript Editor Does (and Doesn't) Do
9/7/2009 2:17:35 AM    [ Flag as Inappropriate ]

Ever since my first novel, ďFast Track,Ē was published in 2005, Iíve come across people who are trying to write books. Often, they pay me to take a critical look at their manuscript.

Here are five things a professional manuscript editor does (and doesnít) do:

1. Treats Your Manuscript (and you) with Respect: Even if your manuscript is fiction, youíve put a lot of yourself into it. A LOT. No doubt youíve agonized over word choice and sentence structure Ė and perhaps even despaired at your overall ability as a writer. A good manuscript editor understands this and approaches your work with the realization that behind the words may lie a fragile psyche.
2. Gives You Feedback that is Honest: Yes, yes, we all want to be told that what weíve written is Pulitzer-worthy, but a good editor will tell you the truth. However, giving honest feedback doesnít mean being nasty or snarky. My approach is to react to your manuscript as a reader. Do I want to turn pages -- or turn off the light? You need to know.
3. Tells You Whatís Working Ė and What Isnít: Can I see in my mindís eye the scene youíve written? Are your characters real to me? Is the story believable? Iíll let you know.
4. Is Nitpicky: Spelling? Punctuation? Even the most conscientious writer misses the little things. Itís the editorís job to catch them.
5. Asks Questions and Makes Suggestions: Itís almost Ė but not quite Ė a collaborative relationship between writer and editor. The people who have been most helpful to me are the ones who ask me probing questions about my manuscripts. Those questions spark my creativity and nudge me toward finding answers. Sometimes they suggest ideas I hadnít considered. Iím under no obligation to implement them, but I find that thinking about them often leads me in a new and exciting direction Ė and makes the finished product better.

Do you have a manuscript that needs an objective pair of eyes? Let me know -- Iíd love to be of service.


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More Blogs by John DeDakis
• Ode to a Mentor....Or Letter from the Grave - Thursday, September 23, 2010
• You Should Write a Book - Wednesday, April 21, 2010
• Ever Feel Inadequate? - Tuesday, April 20, 2010
• Change is Good - Tuesday, February 23, 2010
• Overcoming the Fear of Rejection - Tuesday, November 03, 2009
• Beating Writer's Block - Tuesday, October 27, 2009
•  What a Manuscript Editor Does (and Doesn't) Do - Monday, September 07, 2009  
• Confessions of a Cross-gender Writer - Saturday, July 04, 2009
• 5 Ways to Stay Organized While Writing a Novel - Tuesday, May 19, 2009
• Writing for the Ear; Writing for the Eye - Sunday, May 17, 2009
• Plan a Little; Write a Little - Friday, May 01, 2009
• Building a Novel - Friday, April 10, 2009
• Writing a Screenplay - Tuesday, February 17, 2009
• VICTORY! - Wednesday, January 07, 2009
• A Creative Setback...and Opportunity - Wednesday, May 14, 2008
• Heading to the Inca Trail - Saturday, September 15, 2007
• Solving the Time Problem - Thursday, April 05, 2007
• Simmer Mode - Saturday, March 31, 2007
• The Art of Flitting - Friday, February 02, 2007
• Brooding - Monday, January 29, 2007
• Scene Building - Sunday, January 14, 2007
• Getting Stuff Done - Tuesday, January 09, 2007
• Connecting - Sunday, December 03, 2006
• Making Revisions - Friday, December 01, 2006
• In Search of Balance - Sunday, November 12, 2006
• The (sort of) Daily Muse - Thursday, November 09, 2006


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