We’re chatting with Jeremy Bates today, author of The Taste of Fear (WiDo Publishing, 2012),which is quickly becoming one of WiDo’s most popular titles. Jeremy, whose debut novel, White Lies (Oceanview Publishing, 2012), hit #1 on Amazon’s paid bestseller list, has an ever-growing audience. We decided to ask him what his secret is.
A serious bit of advice that will help you and your manuscript co-exist.
I’m going to jump right in and say it, read your manuscript out loud. The cadence and harmony of the words are extremely important and reading out loud will make grammar mistakes, voice problems, and plain confusion stick out like snowmen in the desert.
One thing I do without fail every time I walk into a library or bookstore is check to see what books there are on writing. I’m always on the look out for good books about self editing and the writing process.
Here are my top four favorite helpful books about writing:
The one thing that ends up taking the most time for me as an editor is when I have to reformat a manuscript. Authors really need to know how to use the software they’re using, especially when it comes to formatting. Following is a list of my top four formatting skills authors should know how to do with their word processing program:
Editing, the word alone is terrifying, overwhelming, and I love it. I enjoy picking at words, finding the right one to suit a sentence. I like tearing things apart and helping authors put them back together. Brainstorming with an author has to be my favorite part of the job. I want to be the one that helps you make your novel turn heads.
Here is what you can expect from me when I work with an author.
I’m sure the idea of working with an editor on your baby is a bit daunting. You don’t want to hand your precious art to someone and let them rip it apart with their jagged teeth. But don’t worry, it’s not that bad. I promise.
I’ll give you a little insight into how I work, maybe that will put you at ease.