Jan 142011
 

If you’re an indie author, you’ve probably heard it before, “You need an editor.” Quite a few individuals offer their editing services, but I’ve had a hard time finding folks to make firm recommendations. Lucky for us, L.K. Rigel joins us today to share her experience with working with her editors.

My Editors

by

L.K. Rigel

I recently published the second book in my In Flagrante Apocalypto series. The first book, Space Junque, was edited by Anne Frasier/Theresa Weir. The second, Spiderwork, was edited by Cara Wallace. Being two completely different human beings, the experience was completely different.

Both of them made the book they worked on better than could have been otherwise.

Theresa is a best-selling author with years of experience both writing and editing. My short story Slurp was accepted to the Halloween anthology Deadly Treats, to be published by Nodin Press next fall. She edited all the stories in the anthology.

Theresa brings a lot of gravitas to the relationship. I trust her judgment. More than editing a book, working on Space Junque with her was like taking a graduate seminar on writing and me being the only student.

Cara hasn’t published any novels or edited any anthologies. She has a master’s degree in English, years of experience freelance editing, and a highly analytical mind. She is an amazing blurb writer. I will never struggle over a blurb again. I have found blurb heaven, and its name is Cara Wallace.

Because I wasn’t taking a graduate seminar from Cara, the editing process went a lot faster with her. And in these heady days of indie publishing, there is a lot to be said for speed. On the other hand, I had a few continuity questions from a couple of thorough readers when Spiderwork first came out. The questions were spot on — enough so that I added another 4K words to the book.

Another beauty of electronic publishing, being able to make corrections and changes.

I enjoyed both styles of editing. What kind of editing experiences have you had? What do you look for in a dream editor?

LK Rigel is the author of the novella Space Junque (In Flagrante Apocalypto 1) and Spiderwork (In Flagrante Apocalypto 2). Her short story Slurp will be included in Deadly Treats, an anthology edited by Anne Frasier coming September 2011 from Nodin Press.

Rigel’s writing has appeared in Literary Mama and Tattoo Highway.

She lives in California with her cat Coleridge.

BONUS: Ms. Rigel is offering goodies! One lucky winner will receive a copy of her latest work, Spiderwork. As a special touch, if the winner doesn’t have a copy of Space Junque (see my review here) she’s offering that also. Don’t we just love starting at the beginning of a series? :)

So how do you win? Simple. Fill out the Form

The rules!

  • You’ll earn 1 point for completing the form and additional point if you tweet and leave the link.
  • You may tweet once per day after your initial entry for an extra 2 points. Use the same form. :)
  • Comments are appreciated, but only entries from the form count.
  • Giveaway ends Friday, January 21, 2011.
  • Please read the giveaway policy for the nitty gritty.

Anxious? Find Space Junque at Barnes & Nobles || Amazon || Kobo || iTunes and Spiderwork at Barnes & Nobles || Amazon || Kobo || iTunes ||

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  14 Responses to “Guest Post: L.K. Rigel on Editing + Giveaway [CLOSED]”

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  2. Since I just won during your blogoversary :grin: I’m not going to be greedy and enter this but I’m going to add these books to my list!

    A fascinating post! I’ve not worked with an editor before — not even remotely close to needing to — but have been a beta reader. I find I approach each read different, or maybe it’s just that each author is different, but it’s an amazing experience both as a reader and an “aspiring” author.

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  5. Editors and beta-readers alike are so important to writers. Not only do they proof-read and correct typos etc, they offer their expert opinion on plots etc.
    I am not a writer but I can really understand how significant it is to have experienced and competent people doing this for you, so Ms Rigel is so lucky to have such efficient people helping her.

    The book sound a bit steampunkish too! Heeh, I’d love to win! :P

  6. I recently purchased a kindle and I am amazed at the excellent writings of authors who are only epublished so far. Your post is interesting to read because I am a reader and not a writer. I have no experience with Editing but it’s wonderful to see and hear of all the work that goes into publishing a title. The care and hard work is commendable.

    =) The artwork for Spiderwork is fantastic.

    Congrats LK on publishing your second novel. I wish you all the best on your future endeavors.

    lllinthe808ATgmailDOTcom

  7. @Kelly — Having an outside view is quite helpful. A lot of times what gets put down on paper sounds great to an author with their inside view, but doesn’t come across the same to a reader. I love the clarity others offer to a piece of work. I found Space Junque to be more futuristic sci-fi than historical steampunk sci-fi, but still a great read.

    @Chasity — Indie works are new to me also. I just got into them late last year after reading Comfort Food by Kitty Thomas. One of the things I love about indie work is the freedom to step outside the boundaries.

  8. Hi all —

    Having an editor is so important. I do want to make it clear that the continuity problems I had with Spiderwork were my fault — and in no way Cara’s. See? I needed an editor for this post! I had a self-imposed deadline and uploaded the book when I should have let it sit for a bit of time and then come back to it.

    And I agree, the artwork on Spiderwork is wonderful!

  9. How did you happen to find your editors?

  10. I found Theresa/Anne through Twitter! Who would have thought? She had tweeted that she was thinking of doing some editing between projects, and I jumped on it. The timing worked out for Space Junque, but with Spiderwork she was busy with a second memoir.

    Luckily, I already knew Cara. We’d met in another context, through a political campaign. I knew about her qualifications and experience, and I was so lucky that she was available.

  11. It’s amazing how the internet makes the world a little smaller.

  12. LK Rigel is a new author for me (I must be living under a rock!)

    LK’s works sound great and I look forward in reading them and learning more about her.

  13. Tracey ~ That’s how I feel most days. :) People are constantly boasting about awesome reads and authors who I’ve never heard of before.

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