Today we have a special treat. Leslie S. Rose, author of the amazing Afterdeath from Journeys of Wonder, Volume 1, is our guest blogger. Working with Leslie was truly wonderful; everything she brought to this project improved it in ways we couldn’t even imagine.
Looking Through Editorial Eyes by Leslie S. Rose
It was an interesting experience wearing an editor’s hat for Journeys of Wonder, Volume 1. Luckily, we three authors are familiar with each other’s work and are friends. That gave us built-in understanding and artistic respect for one another that made the editorial process productive instead of painful.
When I edit or beta read another writer’s material, I keep at least three point-of-view plates spinning in the air.
The first is my reader POV – voice. Does the work:
- Sing with unique flavor
- Create a connection with the reader
- Stay consistent throughout the piece
The second is my writer POV – the storytelling aspect. Is it easy to identify:
- Strong story structure with compelling conflict
- Engaging, relatable characters
- Ever increasing stakes
The third is my teacher POV – conventions/mechanics:
- Grammar/Syntax/Sentence variety
I have the utmost respect for editors. I believe editing is an art form in itself.
What are some of the filters you click on when you are editing or beta reading?
Leslie S. Rose (Author/Editor) was, for many years, on the design faculty of the theater department at UCLA, where she had several plays produced. Now Leslie loves writing for teens and is a member of the SCBWI. On her Yes, This Will Be On the Test blog, she celebrates both writing and the crazy world of teaching fifth grade. Look for her story “The Shimmer in the Woods” in the anthology Paramourtal 2 by Cliffhanger Books.