The gears of publishing grind slowly

It’s been tough to figure out how best to use this blog space, so, over the past year-ish, I haven’t. However, it occurred to me recently that readers might wonder if I’m still in business because the blog is so out of date. I am! Business is going well! Some new projects I just can’t talk about. Some are still going on (two current projects began in late 2016 and will go through fall 2017). Some have been quietly added to the relevant pages here and I haven’t announced them on the blog.

Notably, the latest novel I edited was released yesterday: The Hedgewitch’s Charm (#4 in the Sitnalta series) by Alisse Lee Goldenberg. I’m fascinated by all the different parts of my life that novel editing calls on, just by chance, and for this one I broke out the books on herb lore! Also this year I’ve edited Everly (#1 in the Everly series) by Meg Bonney, which earned silver medals in the Feathered Quill Book Awards for Best Juvenile/YA Fiction and Best Debut Author, and Beautiful Secret by Dana Faletti, which won a LYRA Independent Fiction award in the Romantic Suspense category and was given honorable mention in the General Fiction categories at the San Francisco Book Festival and Paris Book Festival!

Academic and educational editing projects also continue, albeit very slowly. I’m working on at least one project that won’t be released until 2018.

I also recently took Copyediting‘s Editing for the Web Master Class and picked up the Yahoo! and Microsoft style guides. They’re a few years old, but they were recommended as solid guides that are not yet outdated (and I’ve used Microsoft’s at least once to handle a set of website navigation directions), so I’ll be interested to flip through them and see what’s still relevant in 2017.

If you’d like to work with me, shoot me an email! I’m now scheduling for June, July, and August. You can also find me on Facebook and Twitter.

Springing forward

March is flying away already! Here’s what I’ve been up to since the start of this year.

150 px wide pandamoon logoNew client: In February, I signed on as a copy editor with Pandamoon Publishing. I’m excited to work with an indie publisher with such a varied book list. It’s like when I was in college, taking literature classes and pinching myself that I got to read novels for homework and then talk about them for class. Now I get to read (and edit) novels for work. This is the best job, y’all.

Returning client: In March I came back to the Friday night/weekend editorial shift in the Entertainment section at SheKnows. Editing here is like speedwork in running — it’s so fast-paced and demanding in short bursts that I get faster and better in everything else I edit, too. It’s also the source of my continuing pop culture knowledge. For example, you nae nae, you don’t “do the nae nae,” and when you clap back (v.), that’s two words, but a clapback (n.) is one word. To name two things I had to look up this week. I missed this weirdness.

Fiction writers and editors: Last November, I told NaNoWriMo writers not to choose an editor right away and, instead, to revise the novel in January and February, then look for an editor. Then I got so busy myself that I didn’t advertise that $999 March NaNoWriMo special. It still stands, however! If you’re ready for editing (and willing to book in April or May), shoot me an email about it. If you’re wondering what to expect from the editing process or have questions for fiction editors, read through the posts from Tuesday’s #AskFictionEditors Q&A session on Facebook or read the Storify compiled by Louann Pope.

New tools and treats: This week I installed f.lux on my desktop. I’m a night owl, often working late at night (check the timestamp of this post), and f.lux tones down the monitor’s brightness after sunset to match indoor lighting. I used to get headaches when I’d finally turn the computer off for the night. I can’t yet say that f.lux fixes that, because I’ve been sick with a head cold this week, but I’m very optimistic about it. And I also sampled Murchie’s Editors’ Blend tea, blended for the 2011 Editors’ Association of Canada conference. It’s just right for the afternoon, when I don’t need a jolt of caffeine but do need something hot to sip while I’m reading page proofs or puzzling through a reference list. (Today was more of a Throat Coat tea day, though.)

The rest of my March is busy and April is filling up. I post a little more regularly on Facebook — especially if I’m procrastinating — and on Twitter. Join me there!

This is the new year

It’s extra hard for me to come back after the holiday break this year. My deadlines were mostly wrapped up before Christmas, the rest were wrapped up before New Year’s, and potential clients also took time off for the holidays instead of sorting through résumés. It was blissfully easy to sleep all I wanted… or stay up late reading.

So when the first work week of the year was slow, I spent it plotting all the various systems I’d use to clean my house and keep it shipshape. Really this time. (Tried the KonMari method? I’m skeptical. How can books be clutter? And it doesn’t appear to mesh well with the homesteading projects I’m also looking into, because anything is possible in the new year.) And I’ve started working on some of those major cleaning projects, too. You should see my office now.

Please send work, is what I’m saying, really. I’m convinced that I do my best, most meticulous editing when I’m putting off housework. If you’ve been thinking about contacting me about a project, do it now and you will have my undivided attention, plus the benefit of (almost) all the time in the world to look up arcane details or find style decisions for intricate references.

Seeking: novels and mind/body/spirit nonfiction!

As I look forward into 2014, I’ve chosen two areas in which I’d most like to edit more material:

  • Fiction. Author Cara Trautman’s debut novel Happy(ish), which I edited last year, has quite a few reviews on Goodreads and is currently rated 3.79 stars. I also edited author Jason Sarna’s novel Night Burger, which will be published in March, and I have a couple more fiction editing projects coming up. More novels would be wonderful. If you’ve recently finished a novel (say, for NaNoWriMo) and want to have it polished before submitting the manuscript to agents or publishing it yourself, send me an e-mail!
  • Mind/body/spirit nonfiction. I read widely in this genre in the early 2000s, and since then, I’ve wanted to edit books on spirituality, alternative religion, and the connection between mind, body, and spirit. In fact, that’s one of the reasons I’m freelancing — to edit spirit-centered material right alongside textbooks and assessments. (This helps explain why I have a stack of experience in educational publishing but am sending résumés to publishers like Llewellyn and Atria Books.)

So I’m putting this out into the universe. If you’re looking for an editor for your novel or your nonfiction book in the mind/body/spirit category, I might be your editor!

Happy New Year!

Times Square ballIt’s the first Monday morning of 2014! The lights are off the tree, the ball dropped in Times Square, and the eggnog is gone (the nonalcoholic kind is my annual holiday indulgence). Instead, I’ve started cooking double again to fill the freezer and baking to fill the cookie jar. We’re safe and warm chez moi and ready to be snowed in, wrapped in fleece against the extreme wind chills outside.

I’ve been sprucing things up here and there around the site. My résumé (PDF) is a little shinier and pages have been reworded, revised, or just tweaked.

The New Year heralds that long stretch of work without many holidays until Memorial Day. I’ve filled in a bit of that time but there’s still some space in my schedule. As always, e-mail editing@lastsyllable.net to discuss a project with me.