All sorts of writing tips can be found on the internet. Some are worth your time, and some are not. The best advice is to keep reading, learning, writing, and trusting your instincts. At some point, you will also need someone you can trust to help you develop your writing skills.
Be proactive about your unique journey
There are many paths to the same goal. I chose to study a university program, because I knew I needed a structured environment to learn the basics. I also knew I needed to interact with other writers in the real world. This provided a middle ground where I felt safe enough to experiment with my work. Your journey won’t be the same. Take the plunge, trust what feels right for you, and take the steps that will bring you closer to your goal.
Experiment with genres, take risks, and learn from others
The feeling of safety is important; it creates an environment where people like you and me can experience heightened creativity. That’s what you need to look for. If you are lucky to have a mentor who will read your work and give critical feedback, that would be ideal. If you feel you’re ready, you can employ a professional editor to help you improve your manuscripts. If you’d like me to help with your manuscript, please use one of the methods on my contact page to get in touch. Please note, though, that I only take on one or two editing projects per year.
As an editor, I love helping other writers produce stories their readers will love. No one is perfect, and every writer needs the critical eye of a professional to iron out inconsistencies and polish a manuscript. A story that allows the reader to relax and become involved in the world you create simultaneously provides an experience that the reader will likely want to repeat.
My editing experience is varied. As well as editing fiction, I have edited reviews for the Australian Romance Readers Association. I’ve managed a team of copyeditors for a university publication (literary fiction), and for many years, I’ve helped jobseekers find employment by editing their resumés. If you’re writing romance, great, I can help with that. If your commitment is to life writing, I can help with that too.
For Australian publications, I use the Macquarie Dictionary and the Style manual for authors, editors and printers (6th edition); for US publications, I use the Chicago Manual of Style and the Merriam-Webster Dictionary. I can also edit according to your own defined style, and I can create style sheets for consistency throughout the manuscript.
I was uncertain when it came to editors, as the last editor I used didn’t tell me where I went wrong or what should be fixed up. Then I met Georgia, and she led me in the right direction. It was uplifting, and my faith in editors has been renewed. I know that finding a great editor is a little daunting because you have just put all your time and effort into something that is valuable to you. But believe me, it is worth having your work looked over by someone professional. Thanks Georgia for making my dreams believable. You rock!! And I look forward to working with you some more. Cheers.
—Wanika Fazekas, Author of Contemporary Romance Ella.
The fees required will depend on the kind of editing, the project’s length and the intensity of the editing required to bring the project to a publishable standard.