I have been editing books for publication for quite some time now, and while it is a fulfilling mission, I find that clients come to me with such high expectations - some of which are almost impossible to meet, no matter how experienced an editor is. In this post, I will outline some of the main misconceptions I have found that writers have about the role their editor plays in their journey to getting their book published:
Did you know that there are different kinds of book editors? And that depending on the stage of your work, there are different editors who are skilled to help you at each stage? Copy editors are your grammar police. They check for spelling and grammar, punctuation and style. Line editors are your most-hated, red-pen wielding teachers. They go through your manuscript line by line, marking off your page and hurting your feelings. They are also the ones who tell you if certain sentences and paragraphs don't make sense, or if you are overusing a particular word or phrase. In most cases, a line editor doubles as a copy editor. Developmental editors, on the other hand, are entirely different types of editors. Developmental editors help writers who are struggling to gather their thoughts before and during the writing process. They are very useful in cases where a writer has a story in theory but is struggling to put the pieces together on paper, and can't seem to find a starting point. If this is you, here are 5 reasons why you might want to consider hiring a developmental editor:
Before I decide to take on a new manuscript, I first ask to review the first few pages. This is typically either the first chapter or the prologue (if there’s one). I do this because these first few pages are the most important parts of any manuscript that comes across my desk. It lets me know whether the writer has 1) self-edited, 2) paid close attention to hooking their readers, and 3) understands the essence of the story they wish to tell. The beginning is always the most important part of any storytelling process, whether it is a work of nonfiction, fiction, self-help, a movie script, or a play script. Here are a few reasons why you should pay close attention to the opening lines of your manuscript:
Here at The Brielle Agency, we are always looking for new ways to help our clients on their journey to publication and success, which is why the editor-author relationship does not end once a manuscript has gone through the editing stages. We keep in touch, see how we can help on the journey to publication, and help spread the word as soon as the book is published. And this is why we have updated our portfolio page with individualized entries for each book we edited that has made it to publishing and online sales.
On May 12, 2016, The Brielle Agency was honored to receive an inquiry from first-time author, Amaka Azie. Amaka needed a professional eye to spot the missing details in her story and reached out to The Brielle Agency at the recommendation of the publisher at Accomplish Press. Of course, Nicole, TBAG’s founding editor, was thrilled to take on the challenge and reviewed the manuscript. She immediately knew this was a writer she wanted to work with. Amaka Azie is a writer who is on a journey to longtime writing success. Her storytelling abilities are raw and authentic, and has the ability to touch the hearts of readers. Melodies of Love was published by Accomplish Press, and is now available for sale.
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Where: Virtual (write wherever you are). A private Facebook group will be set up for participants to post updates, do daily check-ins, and to keep the rest of the team motivated and encouraged.
When: October 1, 2016 to January 1, 2017. (Because serious writers don't know what holidays are. Yes we'll be writing our way through Thanksgiving, Christmas, and all holidays, so that we have something to toast to come New Year's Day!)
Why: Because our stories need to be told. We want our stories to be told.
Who: Serious writers who have already began working on a manuscript but find themselves stuck, unmotivated, and uninspired to go on. Participants must be hungry to come to the end of their story.
What: I am looking for FIFTEEN (15) serious writers to join me on this 90-day writing challenge. The goal of the Write & Sip challenge is to complete an unfinished manuscript in the next 90 days.
How: We will commit to writing for an hour every day for the next 90 days. The goal is to complete an unfinished manuscript. There must be no editing or revisions along the way; just free-style writing. Write the most error-ridden book (typos and all) you have ever written. We will worry about revising and editing once we have the full story on paper. At the end of the challenge, those who make it will start the self-editing challenge (part 2 of the challenge. Details coming later). At the end of the self-editing challenge, The Brielle Agency will offer free sample-edits and manuscript reviews to assess how ready your book is for publication.
Last week I shared a Shonda Rhimes video with my readers because I could not focus on writing an inspirational post. As I was reflecting on why; I found that I was feeling a little drained by my life. Juggling several roles in the span of a few hours will do that to anyone. So today I decided to share with you a few things I came up with that helped me survive the rest of the week. This may or may not apply to your current situation, but I'm sure there are areas of your life where some of these lessons may still be helpful.
Great news! Beginning Wednesday, April 1, 2015, you can save big when you sign up with The Brielle Agency as a first-time client. We are offering a 10% discount on all our service rates. This includes first-time referrals. After all, don't we all just love a good deal?
In December 2014, we were contacted by the publishers of the Obi and Titi adventure book series for children. They were seeking an editor to help edit and proofread the books in their upcoming series, The Adventures of Obi and Titi, and we were only too glad to say yes. Work on the first project, The Traveller's Pendant, began on December 29 and was completed on January 5, 2015, and we are currently working on revised edits of The Hidden Temple of Ogiso, which has already been published. The Brielle Agency is delighted and honored to be working with such a talented team.
And I'm not just saying this because we work for them, but the books are great and highly recommended for parents and children of all cultures and ages. You can learn more about them and how and where to purchase their books here.
Outspoken is a collection of articles written by Tundun Adeyemo. The articles are collections of her best work, pulled from a column she writes for TELL Magazine called ‘Reflections,’ and edited by The Brielle Agency for publication in e-book format. Topics discussed in the book include religion, relationships, travel and more. Copies of the e-book can be purchased on Amazon Kindle.