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You’ve got style, man!

Over the last several years as I’ve been a continuity editor for authors, I’ve created several Style Sheets for authors. Normally, I get the book about the Beta Reader stage, ask the author a few questions (You’ve got three different spellings of Bridget, which do you want to use?), make a quick Style Sheet, and the pass that on to the final editor. Then, for the rest of the books in the series, the final editor and I keep building on the series Style Sheet. This is quick, easy, and painless. It only involves the author and two editors. 

But this summer, I began editing for a website overhaul. My church has a very large website with hundreds of resources, articles, and About pages. We are completely rebuilding it and revamping it. “Putting a new coat of paint on it,” as my pastor said. For such a large site, we’ve split the editing work among a team of editors. But, as the lead editor, it’s my job to codify our style. This is so completely different than Style Sheets that I’ve worked on in the past. Besides the fact that I am the one making the decisions, not the author, I’ve also got to manage several different editors, figuring out their strengths, and assigning tasks according to those. 

Oh, did I mention the editing team is made up exclusively of women in my family and my high school English teachers? It feels a bit odd to be the lead on this, telling my mom and one of the associate pastors of the church what grammar rules we will follow. 
It has definitely been an interesting job. But I’ve been having so much fun; I wouldn’t trade this for the world. 
Picture: what I feel like in the presence of people who taught me grammar. Not that they’ve made me feel this way. This is just how I view myself. That’s my rascally son, Monkey, in church.

Guest Interview

For those who have made their social media home Google Plus, there are some really great places for geeks to hang out. One of the premier spots is Charlie Hoover’s Geek Question of the Day. Recently, Hoover expanded the Daily Question into a podcast format. You can listen to several of my favorite authors be interviewed by Hoover and the lovely Aalia Khan. But coming up this week, they will be asking me a variety of geeky questions. Watch this space for the podcast link once it’s released!

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Now Booking Slots

I’m currently filling editing slots for June and July, 2016. If you’re working on the second book of your series, now’s a perfect time for me to jump in. I am willing to work with whatever you’ve got, though. I charge $8/1,000 words, plus free copies of all previously published works in the series. 

Not working on a series? I work on individual novels too! Especially stories with a complex cast and plot. The more details there are for you to lose track of, the better I can help.

If interested, leave a note here or email me at MrsAWiggins 05 at gmail 

 

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Life Continuity

No one will be truly shocked to hear me make a blanket statement like, “Life likes to throw curveballs.” We’ve all experienced it to some degree or another. But what are we supposed to do when our carefully laid plans run amok? Make lemonade?

For the last several months, I’ve been taking an inventory of my life with the intent of exploring a more thorough definition of my purpose. I’ve know my personal purpose in life for many years, but I find it necessary that I take an occasional revisitation of my purpose and reevaluation of whether or not my life is accomplishing that. And, as frequently happens, while assessing, many things paused. Editing included. I worked on books that I’d already committed to, but didn’t take on any new ones professionally. I did not advertise for or pursue new customers. 

And, as frequently happens when I do an assessment, I find that a few minor things can go, but the majority of my time and efforts are in line with my life purpose. Or, at least accomplishing a goal in line with it. So, never fear, MrsAWiggins’ Continuity Editing shall continue.

And, as always happens when I take a Life Inventory, something happened that confirmed that I was on the right track. A friend sent me a book to beta read. And I found a continuity issue that was glaring enough I had to inform the author right away. It’s the little conversations like this that constantly remind me that I love and am talented at what I do. Otherwise, this would just be some distraction in my life. But it’s my purpose.  

 

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A Fairy Promise by C.J. Brightley

A Fairy Promise is the second in the Fairy King series by C.J. Brightley. A Fairy King ended with Cadeyrn trying to protect Hannah as a threat came toward his palace.

In this second installment, we explore the political environment of the fairies and what, exactly, the cost of magic is. Hannah, having chose Cadeyrn, must now make some more choices about what kind of queen she will be for Cadeyrn’s people. As a threat in the form of Einion arises, Hannah must evaluate what she is willing to sacrifice for Cadeyrn.

I enjoyed this second story as much as I did A Fairy King. The more I learn about Hannah and Cadeyrn, the more confident I am that they’ll make a good, as well as powerful, ruling family. It’s Hannah’s tenderness, goodness, and will that see the kingdom through one of the greatest dangers it has seen in a long time. I would highly recommend this book to anyone. It’s sure to not disappoint fans of the first.

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Not American. And better for it.

The thing I love most about editing books for authors that aren’t American and aren’t writing about American culture is how much I learn. I learn new phrases. I learn new words. I learn new meanings to words I already knew. I learn about different people and places. And the more I learn, the more enchanted I become with some place I’ve never been.

And, some times, I get that same pleasure just from meeting people online and having conversations with them. Because, who doesn’t want to answer the question, “That phrase you just used? What does it mean?”