What should I look for in an editor? Who is the voice of your book? A brand messaging podcast blog supplement for Brand Messaging Strategist Loren Weisman’s Wait What Really Ok Podcast.
What should I look for in an editor?
Ready to go to the editing stage with your book and looking for an editor? There are many that will deliver a pitch to draw you in and offer that they can make your book, the best! Yet, so many editors today seem to correct, alter and change the voice of the author and take the book to another place.
Now I get it. Punctuation, grammar and all that. I also know I am not the greatest speller. But I have my voice and in my first and third books, my voice was lost by editors that took it away. My second book was edited by a guy named Thom Lemmons and he found my voice and learned my style, before making corrections.
In creating a book that is going to stand out and not just have the same tone as others in a given genre, the best approach is to look for an editor that can understand you, learn you and work with you to both correct but maintain and even embellish your writing to sound more like your voice.
A person to learn you.
By taking that time to find someone to edit your story to stay in your voice over just editing your words, the delivery becomes much more authentic. I recall Thom Lemmons telling me to look at a few pages and to read them out loud to see if I could read them easily.
At first thought, I wondered what took him so long to edit a couple pages. After reading it out loud, looking at the changes and all the edits for the rest of the book that followed, I learned that initial time was spent learning me. In that discovery period and his organization period of learning how I wrote, how I spoke, how I delivered my talks and my overall voice, he made the corrections, created the flow and made the book sound like me.
It was a very easy book to read for the audiobook version too. I was reading out loud in a voice that sounded like mine. We tracked The Artists Guide to Success in the Music Business very quickly.
What should I look for in an editor? Someone to discover your voice.
Finding the right editor for you is a personal choice. Just because an editor did a bang up job with one person, doesn’t mean they can connect with you. Ask them about their process, contact authors that have used them and ask questions about how they felt the final book came out.
When you ask yourself, what should I look for in an editor, answer with someone that is going to look at and learn me!
To take a work of art, something you put your passion in to and allow it to be organized in a template format that is used for everyone else will leave you with a story that might end up having the feel of everyone else. At the same time, when you find an editor, help them discover you and your voice by supplying examples of your voice.
Send along audios and videos!
And if you don’t have them, make them! You don’t need to flood YouTube with videos or start a podcast, but creating some for your editor or potential editor can help to give them a better sense of you.
What should I look for in an editor? One that will ask and answer your questions!
Did the editor ask questions or make assumptions and is that editor clearly showcasing what they changed and why?
Make your book something that sounds like you!
Don’t just buy into the idea that it is bad grammar and that everything needs to be perfect. If you speak in run-on sentences with a natural flow and ease, then allow some of those run on sentences to appear.
Work with your editor and make sure your editor is working with you, your story, your tone and your voice to create the best possible version of your book for your audience. And take the time to find someone that you can communicate well with and that you can trust to share everything that needs to be shared in the process.
Brand Messaging Strategist Loren Weisman is a messaging and optics strategist for The Fish Stewarding Group.
Fish Stewarding Group is stewarding strategic solutions and building authoritative businesses with authentically sound people. Loren focuses on the authenticity, authority, psychology and perceptions of the message and story.
Weisman is also the host of the FSG brand messaging podcast; Wait What Really OK.
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