I’m going to be publishing my second book of poetry soon (not soon enough for all the work publishing entails). My first book, Deep Breaths & Chocolate, is available on Amazon. So, once again, I got to be on the receiving end of corrections and comments from an editor. And yes, even an editor needs an editor. The person I turn to is Suzanne Hartwick and I highly recommend her.
Suzanne has been my editor since my last book. So this time, she didn’t need to leave a lot of comments explaining her changes. We have a really good relationship. She makes my work better. Makes me look better than I do on my own. Not that I take every suggestion. But I think long and hard before I click decline. I love that she makes me think. Makes me question myself–in a good way.
There were times that I felt like I needed to justify my choices. And in my case, we’re only talking about word choices and simple punctuation (I write minimalistic poetry after all). Slogging through a book’s worth of edits, even simple edits, is time consuming and brain numbing. I definitely have a better appreciation for what the writers for whom I work have to go through when my job is done.
I’d much rather be on the other end of the editing process. I guess it’s a good thing it’s taken me two years between books.