Welcome back to yet another installment of Confessions from the Editing Cave. Today in the confessional -- adult romance author, Rachel Brimble!
1. Tell us a bit about your background working with editor(s). Did you hire a freelance editor? Work with an editor at a publishing house? Work with an agent in the capacity of an editor? All of the above or some other combination?
My first novel was published in 2007 and fourteen books later, I have worked with a total of eight editors. I can honestly say each and every one taught me something positive with my writing and/or career path. I have wanted to be an author for a long time and look at each of my experiences with editors as a learning curve. To my mind, an editor is there to make your book better – not to rip you or your book down.
2. What was your overall relationship with your editor? Good? Bad? Indifferent?
I am lucky enough to have had good relationships with all my editors – I think the reason for that is I always approach the editing process with an open mind. I listen to my editors’ suggestions and advice and don’t treat my books as my property that no one else can have an opinion on. If I agree with the comments, I act accordingly. If I don’t, I discuss it with my editor until we come to a compromise that suits us both. This is a business relationship and it’s important for an author to treat it as such.
3. What was the best edit you’ve ever received from your editor?
Ha! This is hard because all my edits have had trials of some sort or another and I am yet to have a manuscript come back with no edits at all. That would be the best one! I am lucky that my two current editors, with whom I have worked on eight books in total, really understand me and my work.
4. What was the worst edit you’ve ever received from your editor?
The worst was probably with my first book, but that was down to my inexperience rather than my poor editor. She was very patient, thoughtful and encouraging. I have been very blessed!
5. What was your first, initial, gut-reaction to your edits?
My first reaction to every set of edits is…Oh. My. God! Every time, I wonder how I got through them the last time. When you have an 85,000 word manuscript come back to you with comments and suggestions throughout, it can be overwhelming. The only way I find to tackle it is to take one comment at a time and deal with it. Don’t look at the whole picture or you will cry…trust me!
6. Confession time! Share anything else you’d like to confess.
If I’m honest, I enjoy the editing process. I would have usually have had a couple of months since I saw the manuscript and can’t wait to read what my editor thought of it, their reaction to the characters and the areas of improvement or areas they think can be cut. Editing is a huge part of the writing process, if I didn’t enjoy it, I wouldn’t write. Simple.
ALL ABOUT RACHEL:
Rachel lives with her husband and two teenage daughters in a small town near Bath in the UK. After having several novels published by small US presses, she secured agent representation in 2011. In 2012, she sold two books to Harlequin Superromance and a further three in 2013. She also writes Victorian romance for Kensington--her debut was released in April 2013, followed by a second in January 2014 and the third is released Jan 2015.
Rachel is a member of the Romantic Novelists Association and Romance Writers of America, and was selected to mentor the Superromance finalist of So You Think You Can Write 2014 contest. When she isn’t writing, you’ll find Rachel with her head in a book or walking the beautiful English countryside with her family. Her dream place to live is Bourton-on-the-Water in South West England.
She likes nothing more than connecting and chatting with her readers and fellow romance writers. Rachel would love to hear from you!