James Thurber wrote that an editor should think How can I help this writer to say it better in his own style? Smart man. At Meredith Tennant Editorial, that’s what you’ll find. To me (and James Thurber), editing doesn’t mean willfully cutting chunks of prose or re-writing, but instead, giving the author thoughtful suggestions on how the work might be improved for flow and clarity, gracefully correcting errors, and working toward the common goal of producing a wonderful piece of writing.
This isn’t something that you as an author can do by yourself. Over-familiarity with your own words brings a type of blindness, the same sort of blindness that develops toward the little things in need of fixing in our homes.
As your editor, I shine a light on what you can no longer see.
As a writer, you want your novel, cookbook, memoir, e-book, art book, article, or website content to be the best it can be, whether you’re planning on submitting it to a publisher, going the self-publishing route, or posting online.
I work on a lot of books (some of which can be seen here) but I like to give a particular shout out to some. Here are a couple:
Luke hears voices. Sometimes the voices are in his head, and sometimes they are all around him. Aside from that, life is fairly normal. That is, until his family goes on vacation to San Francisco.
While shopping for souvenirs in Chinatown, Luke discovers that the voices he’s tried to ignore all his life belong to the unseen: spirits, angels and mythological creatures. One in particular, a kasa-obake named Chan, warns him that his sister has been marked to die in the coming days.
In an effort to save her life, Luke has to navigate the world of the unseen, fight off Japanese demons, and somehow save not only his sister, but his mother as well. Fortunately, he isn’t defenseless.
He has a pink paper umbrella.
How does a silent mermaid win a war of song? How does she break the siren song of another that holds her beloved captive?
After being touched by the sun at birth, Princess Arianna has grown up imprisoned between two worlds, neither fully mermaid nor fully human. Her life is one of solitude and dreams. But when she loses her family and her kingdom in a war between man and merfolk, she is forced to flee into the arms of the very people who want nothing to do with her kind. Her only hope of protection lies in the penniless prince that she once saved and his two boisterous nieces.