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Being on the Other End of Edits

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.


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Hard at Work

Post the second. In the short week that this site has been up, I’ve added three pages: About me, Services/Fees, and Resources for Writers.

I hope you’ll give them a read. If you have any questions or suggestions, drop me a note in the comments.

If you have a particular podcast, website, blog, or book that you feel is an invaluable resource to writers, please let me know in the comments and I’ll check it out and possibly add it.

There are more pages to add, but that will be for another day.

Eventually, the goal is to be posting writing/editing related content here on a regular basis.

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New site!

Welcome to the new home of my editing business. I’m Sue Baiman, editor, poet, lover of all things word related, and instigator of all things written. The site name is a play on words and all about perception. If you are starting a sentence with, “My editor issue…”, I’d like to solve those issues so that when people ask you how you fixed them, you will instead say, “My editor is Sue.”

I will be posting info on my rates, references, books I’ve worked on, and word/book related content in the near future. Please check back often as the site evolves.

You can contact me at:

Sue (at) myeditorissue (dot) com for info on openings in my editing calendar.

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