Editing and Memorial
My biggest problem has always always ALWAYS been editing. Since my friend and frequent inspiration Krystel Madison died a few years ago, I haven’t been able to find a good peer editor. She was always flowing with the compliments, but her critiques were solid and she was always direct but kind with them. If something just wasn’t working, she would flat out SAY SO and give me a couple ideas where to go with it. She would never completely re-write what I’d done and she would never just tell me it was “okay” or “good” and leave it at that. She didn’t give me ass-pats. She knew I wanted to be a better writer, she saw I had the capabilities to do so and she was going to help me get there, by gad! I miss her every time I get to the editing phase. I need her insight and I just don’t have it anymore.
She died in 2006. I hadn’t realized it had been six years until just now. God I miss her.
Anyway– since I’m rambling… if there are any writers out there who aren’t put off by horror, urban fantasy, erotica and the like, I am looking for someone to step up and help me out. I just need someone to read things over, tell me what isn’t working, ask me questions and make sure things are ready for submission. If you can catch rogue commas, awesome. If not, I don’t care. I just need a couple of people I can say “I have this writing gig coming up, here’s the document, GO” and have them actually read and critique. I don’t want to get another “have a friend or two or three read over this before submission” letters again. I DID have people read over it. They just… didn’t have what it took to tell me what needed fixed, apparently.