Today I welcome a special guest - Margorie Vawter, and my copy editor for Red Rock Weddings. I know as an author I'd be lost without her and other editors who work behind the scenes to bring out the best in my books. I credit Margie and others for really transforming the second book of this collection, Heart of Mine, to which I dedicated it to them.
Eleven years ago I started proofreading for Barbour Publishing, mostly in the Heartsong Presents! line. Soon I was proofreading across all the fiction and nonfiction that Barbour publishes. I learned a lot those first few years.
Then six years ago, I “retired” from teaching and went full-time doing freelance editing and proofreading. I added another publisher and read manuscripts for an agent. And I continued to learn and grow as an editor and a writer. Through the years, the Lord has given me several individuals that I edited, many of whom have gone on to publication. SO fun to have a part in their publication journeys.
Then I started copy editing (or line editing) for Heartsong Presents. I’ve met many wonderful authors and gained some precious friendships along the way. When JoAnne Simmons assigned me to Lauralee’s Utah stories, I was thrilled. I’d proofread several of Lauralee’s earlier books, so I was familiar with her as an author.
The challenge in line editing is taking the author’s vision for the book and making sure each sentence, each word, conveys that vision to the reader. Lauralee and I made a personal connection with her first book in the series, as it was a subject very close to my heart. As a result of working on that book, I gained a friend and prayer partner as we pray for each other’s wayward children.
I see my editing work as a way I can give to the Christian writing community, and it is very much a ministry to me. And it not only has made me grow as an editor, it has also helped me grow as a writer. This year has been a challenging year in many ways, but it also has had many surprises along the way. Challenges like my hubby and primary wage earner losing his job January 4 . . . and still being unemployed nearly 10 months later.
And surprises like being given my very first book contract—a historical romance novella for Barbour Publishing. The title of the novella collection is Sundays in Fredericksburg, and it is a “generational” collection set in Fredericksburg, Texas, from the early 1890s to contemporary. My book, A Shelter in the Storm, is set at the end of World War I and includes dealing with the Spanish influenza epidemic. And the other authors in the collection are Eileen Key, Connie Stevens, and Lynette Sowell—all authors whom I have proofread and edited in my work with Barbour. And Eileen and Connie are also two of my critique partners.
God is good. And I can’t wait to see what He has in store for me in the future. I hope it will continue to include working with authors like Lauralee.
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ONGOING UTAH PHOTO CONTEST Each day on the blog there will be a photo from Utah featured as part of the ongoing Utah Photo Contest. Each day, take a look at the photo displayed and follow the instruction for that day. Keep track of your responses. There will be a total of five different photos, one for each day. (DO NOT POST YOUR ANSWERS HERE IN COMMENTS or on any of the blogs. If you do your answer will be deleted and your response that day will be disqualified). From Friday, October 28th - through Saturday, October 29th, e-mail your five answers to me at: blissful63(at)gmail(dot)com. From the most correct responses in the photo contest, I will select one winner of the Amazon Gift card!
PHOTO # 2 in the Utah Photo Contest - Name the national park where you can find these unique formations.
**IMPORTANT - DO NOT post your answer here in the comments! **Keep track of your answers for each day and e-mail them to me from Friday October 28th to Saturday October 29th as stated above. There will be a total of five photos in all in the Utah Photo Contest. This is Photo #2. You can look back for other photos if you missed them.