Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Editor's Corner June 2013

Every writer likes to think of him or herself as a solo act, and to a large extent, we’re right. It can certainly seem like a solitary life; we sit for hours, days, weeks, and so on, in front of the page or computer screen, living completely in our heads while friends’ calls go unanswered and a stack of unopened mail sits on the coffee table. Well, maybe that’s just me, but there is, I suspect, a nugget of truth in there for most of us. And as lonely as it might be, part of us likes the idea that it’s just us and our work; we like the control. However, as is often the case in life, this control is an illusion. The writer may lay the groundwork—the words and ideas--but then the editor, marketing expert, cover designer, agent and publisher (or self-publishing company) comes in to pull it all together. Basically, we need a group of people who believe in our story and are passionate about helping us get it to market.

I’ve always known that creating a book is a collaborative art, but recently it became all the more real when a friend and literary agent, Pauline Villain, suddenly passed away. Although we never met in person (she lived in the Netherlands), we were in almost daily contact on the projects we shared. Through this correspondence I quickly learned that Pauline was a true writer’s friend—what she cared about most was getting a great story out there for the world to enjoy. It was more than a business to her, it was a passion, and she will be sorely missed.

Dana Micheli
Writer and editor, Writers in the Sky Creative Writing Services

Writers in the Sky is a team of ghostwriters, editors, and book marketing specialists committed to the craft and business of writing. We work with our clients on all levels of the publishing process, from editing and manuscript assessments to book formatting and marketing. So whether you are a first-time author or a veteran of the craft, let Writers in the Sky help you get your book out into the world. We also provide assistance with résumés, business documents, and academic essays. For more information, visit www.writersinthesky.com.

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