-- Mick Silva, Book Editor at MickSilva.com
"This book is fantastic. I'm an editor myself, but Blake has created an awesome resource. This is a must-have for any writer, editor or anyone who wants to communicate better."
-- Jim Woods, Writer at JimWoodsWrites.com
"Why Every Author Needs an Editor is not about some newer-better-faster-cheaper five-point system. Instead, it is filled with universal truths of the writer's (or artist's) experience, expressed in a personal and authentic way. Blake's warm and engaging voice might be just what you need to make these important principles hit home for the first time. For a new author who is struggling with that volatile mix of insecurity and hubris that artistic endeavor requires, Blake's compassionate encouragement will help you get over the finish line to make your work ready for the public."
-- Ellen Seltz, Author of Mister Mottley Gets His Man, EllenSeltz.com
From the Author
I don't mean to scare you, but I do mean to give you pause. Taking your writing seriously means considering the fact that the words you pen may live on long after you're gone.
Do you want your words to have the greatest possibility of outliving you? Of achieving a kind of immortality?
Very few successful authors have accomplished that feat alone. In addition to support and encouragement from family, friends, and other writers, they received ample help from editors and other literary professionals. For authors seeking traditional publishing or self-publishing, an editor is an indispensable ally in your subconscious quest for immortality. Finding the right editor inevitably makes your book better, but a warning is in order, especially for first-time authors.
If you've never been edited before, you will experience a visceral reaction to the sight of your precious work slashed to pieces.
It can be a grim reaping.
In the single second you first glance at your work of art turned into an open-heart surgery gone wrong, you will not want to be open to correction. You will not want your blind spots revealed, your technical problems made known, or your gaping plot holes laid bare. The part of your soul that you poured into your book will wince. Your carefully constructed identity as a soon-to-be-published author will suffer a momentary identity crisis.
You will doubt yourself as a writer.
You will see edit after edit and wonder if your editor has turned on you.
You may see your editor as an adversary more than an ally.
You may rebel against their suggestions or give up writing altogether.
Or you may choose not to fear the reaper.
While the reaper may bring death in his wake, I believe that our physical death isn't the end of us. Rather than a foreboding bearer of bad news, the reaper is a guide who must cut us down before ferrying us to the Promised Land. Death is the final penance we serve, our last suffering before an eternal rest.
Yes, it's an outrageous metaphor for an editor's work with a writer, but there's credence to it. Being edited can be painful at times--death by a thousand edits--but such pain is worth the ultimate reward.
If you have found the right editor for your book, you will read through their changes and suggestions, and if you're humble enough to admit you have room to grow as a writer, you will begin to appreciate their edits. You will become a better writer because of their work, and your book will become a better book because of their talents.
The possibility of your words outlasting you will increase. Your words will defeat ultimate reaping. From beyond your grave, your words will shout the ultimate victory: "Death, thou shalt die."
There's no need to fear the reaper.