To my developmental editor extraordinaire, Tiffany Yates Martin, I joke that I want to start a fan club themed entirely around your awesomeness, but what you don’t know is one already exists. Every author I’ve met who has worked with you sings your praises, and I know why—you rock. Obviously. Thank you for your honesty, guidance, and most of all patience. It is a joy working with you.
Your Voice. Your Vision.
Writing is a solitary process. When you’re writing your first draft—or second, or fifteenth—often you have only your own impressions of the work. Like standing in the lobby of a high-rise building, you can’t see the whole structure unless you step outside and get some perspective. Working with a professional editor can give you that objective distance, and help make your manuscript as polished as it can be, technically and stylistically.
Telling a story is about your voice; a good edit should enhance it, not alter it. I ask the right questions to help you find the best version of your vision—to help you fulfill your intention and make sure the story in your head is the one on the page, and your prose is as polished as your story.