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  1. I don’t think I could work with an editor any more. My first (and only, until I published myself) published story was in an anothology from our Sisters in Crime chapter, back when I though I was a mystery writer (I may still be).

    I had to keep begging for more words! I think I might have gotten more than 20% more words than anyone else was allowed – and I needed evey one of them to do a skeleton job. Tried packing a whole story into a small space.

    That was a good experience, but other attempts have been fatal, and I had the sense to say, “Thanks,” and get the heck out of the arrangement. Still unhappy at what it cost me. Just because people get $60 an hour for something doesn’t mean that, even if they label themselves ‘professional,’ they are worth that to you. It was a Kickstarter I supported to a level higher than I normally would because the prize was four hours of help. I wanted to spend those four hours filling my deficiencies with advice from a pro – shouldn’t have bothered.

    I’m sure a less stubborn author would have fewer stories!

    Alicia Butcher Ehrhardt would love to share..Real Fiction: How to develop empathyMy Profile

    • Some editors are better than others, and some authors benefit more than others. An editor for a publishing house is a very different animal from an independent editor; they work for the author, and the author needs to tell them whether to edit for consistency and technical points (spelling, punctuation, grammar), or for plausibility, or what. I’m really sorry the editing you got wasn’t at all helpful. 🙁 Sometimes, an editor just doesn’t “get” you.

      Marian Allen would love to share..Home Sweet Igloo #MinecraftMy Profile

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