A Novel Approach

As a professional editor, I’m used to advising colleagues and clients on all sorts of non-fiction writing projects: theses, dissertations, research papers, journal articles, news articles, press releases, resumes, brochures, magazine stories. I understand these projects not only because I’ve read hundreds of them over the years, but also because I’ve written many of them myself. I’ve viewed many of these types of submissions from the other side of the table, too. I know how reporters think, how recruiters think, how editors think because I’ve been in their shoes before. While I don’t particularly believe that kind of experience is necessary to do my job well, I do think it informs my position in dealing with clients.

As I turn to working with budding fiction writers, I often hear the same complaints that I heard in the non-fiction realm. We pesky editors just don’t understand their genius. Nonsense. It’s a question of priorities. When writing for publication, readers come first. End of story.

Since I do, however, recognize that successful fiction authors are expected to put themselves through a grueling amount of work in order to get that first published book, I’m not unsympathetic to the position new writers commonly share. In order to help them better, I’ve chosen to put myself through the same paces I’m asking of them, sharing updates along the way. It isn’t easy. Novel writing is work.

Are you up to the challenge?


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