Anne comes to us from her own company, Victory Editing. With writing sensations like Gena Showalter and Nalini Singh on her resume, she is definitely someone to have on your side. You can find out more about Anne on her WEBPAGE. Now, for the nitty gritty, get-to-know-you fun…
How would you define success as an editor?
Being a vital part of an author’s publishing process. Knowing that my contributions get a book closer to perfection is the best thing in the world. Editing is a fine line—you don’t want to change an author’s voice or their story, but you do want to polish it. Doing that and having a good relationship with my authors is how I gauge success.
What kinds of editing (or what part of editing) do you most (and least) enjoy? Why?
I like what’s called line editing. That’s not quite as big-picture as developmental editing, but you get into the language of the story more than with just copy edits, which tend to be all about grammar and making sure the book follows the chosen style guide. And I do that, too, but I love the English language (even with all its idiosyncrasies), so polishing dialog and sentence flow and structure is perfect for me. My least favorite thing—and it doesn’t have anything to do with editing, per se—is the business side of things. I’m not all that fond of administrative work, I confess. I’d rather be editing!
When someone gives you something to edit, what do you do?
Mostly I’m thankful to have a job that I enjoy. But more to the point, most jobs follow the same path—that is setting up the client, the project, completing edits, going over revisions, and answering any questions the author might have.
What made you choose editing?
I adore books. I have a background in English education and library science. Shortly after I got my Kindle, I started noticing a fair amount of typos in indie-published books. Don’t get me wrong—I occasionally spot things in traditional books too. But it seemed that in Indie Land (at that time—these days indie books often have higher production values than traditionally published work), it was more than the occasional occurrence. Seeing a need, I started doing “Oops Detection” for indie authors, which is a final-pass service before a book is published. Fast-forward a year, and a lot of my clients were asking me to edit for them. The rest, as they say, is history. The fact that I get to immerse myself in language—I love the rhythm and flow of words—every day is the absolute best thing I could have dreamed of.
What really gets your engine revving in a book? [in other words] What do you like to see in the submissions you receive?
I’m pretty eclectic in my reading preferences, and of course that applies to editing too. A good story is king. I also love clever dialog. Genre wise, Romance and Urban Fantasy are my two favorite genres, and I also adore Paranormal Romance as it’s a bit of a blend between the two.
What is one of your writing pet peeves?
Stilted dialog. Dialog is such a huge part of a story, and if it’s not right, it can throw off the balance of the entire book. That’s especially true in Romance, where the focus of the story is the interaction between two characters. We readers need to fall in love with the hero and heroine too. One thing I suggest to all my authors is to read dialog out loud. Hear the inflection. Do you want to contract something or leave it two words? What feels more natural when you’re speaking? Those are things you often can’t spot when you’re writing or just reading your work on the page, and yet those nuances can bring your characters’ exchanges to life. Another tip is when you’re reading your dialog out loud, omit the action beats. Sometimes a portion of dialog won’t match up with the response from the other characters, but that’s something you catch if you only read the spoken parts.
Do you have a favorite author? If so, who is it and how have they influenced your career?
I have more favorites than I can count, truly. Probably one who has stuck with me my whole life, though, is C.S. Lewis and his work, The Chronicles of Narnia. Such wonderful adventures and such valuable lessons. I don’t know that he’s necessarily influenced my career, but his words have shaped some of my choices, particularly when it comes to doing the right thing and striving to treat others with kindness.
Just for fun:
Leather or lace? Lace… only I want to be contrary and say cotton or linen. I’m all about being comfy
Black or red? Black… (But really green)
Satin sheets or Egyptian cotton? Egyptian cotton
Ocean or mountains? More contrariness—the woods.
City life or country life? Country life
Hunky heroes or average Joe? Average Joe
Party life or quiet dinner for two? Quiet dinner for two, preferably followed by a movie.
Dogs or cats? Cats, though I adore my poodle and two parakeets
…A big thanks to Anne for taking time to visit our blog. <3