Last month, as I got closer to completing my fourth book, Eternal Darkness, I reached out to my editor. She gave me a bit of sad news saying that she doesn’t edit anymore since she makes enough money from her writing now. To that I say, good for her! However, it has left me in a bit of a bind since I’m close to needing an editor. But instead of talking about my search for an editor, which I might do in a later post, I’d like to talk about my (former) editor.
Eight years ago, I searched for an editor for Catalyst. In some ways, it was easier finding an editor then than it is now. I have to admit, I was a terrible writer, or an inexperienced one if I’m feeling kind to myself. There were so many things I didn’t know back then. Because my draft for CAT was so bad, I got rejected by a lot of editors. They told me I needed to work on my craft first. I know that I needed to, but honestly, I didn’t know how to. Unlike most professions, I believe writing is something you learn by doing rather than going to school. But where do you start? I could only get so much experience from books and classes.
In any case, I did narrow it down and eventually chose, Lauren. She taught me a great many things, and my writing is stronger for it. While she was expensive, she was entirely worth it. For me, it was like having my own personal mentor and going to school where I was the only student. Over the years, because of her, I’m now a better writer for it. My drafts are cleaner and I’m able to see and understand things a lot more when it comes to story and characters. I’m not perfect nor the best, but I am better. And all I’ve ever strived for is to be better–in writing and in life.
I just wanted to say thank you and goodbye Lauren for all that you’ve taught me. I will always carry those lessons with me and will never forget them or you.