Monday, June 29, 2015

Confessions from the Editing Cave with Melody Winter

Welcome back to yet another installment of Confessions from the Editing Cave. Today in the confessional -- new adult author, Melody Winter!

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?
Before I signed with REUTS publications I was given some feedback and suggested structural edits to consider by their Senior Editor. When I read through her notes I knew that even if I didn’t sign with them I would be looking at the suggestions she made. She understood all the sub-plots, connected with the characters and her genuine excitement about the book was a major decision in why I chose to sign with REUTS.

2. What was your overall relationship with your editor? Good? Bad? Indifferent?
Really good. She was always available for advice when I needed it with the structural edits, and the line edits were undertaken with a helping hand rather than a ‘do this’ attitude. She really worked WITH me, and I cannot stress how important this proved to be.

3. What was the best edit you’ve ever received from your editor?
It was a structural edit. Make the timeline longer between their first meeting and them falling for each other. Make him work for her love, make us want to believe him.

4. What was the worst edit you’ve ever received from your editor?
I don’t think I’ve ever received a bad edit. There were only a few points that we disagreed on, but I wouldn’t call them bad edits. The main areas we disagreed was on the American/British different use of the language. We usually solved this by agreeing on a completely different word of rewriting the sentence.

5. What was your first, initial, gut-reaction to your edits?
A nod of the head, and a ‘oh, my gosh, she’s so got this, she’s right.”

6. Confession time! Share anything else you’d like to confess.
I secretly stalked my editor for quite a while before I submitted. The more I spoke to her while waiting for my submission to be read, the more I knew she was the person I wanted to work with. I’m beyond happy that she’s working with me on the rest of the series.


Growing up, Melody Winter showed a natural ability in art, a head for maths, and a tendency to write far too long English essays. Difficult to place in the world when she graduated, she pursued a career in teaching, but eventually ended up working in Finance. Melody is convinced the methodical time she spends working with numbers fuels her desire to drift into dream worlds and write about the illusory characters in her head.
Melody Winter lives in North Yorkshire, England, with her husband and two sons. When not dealing with football, rugby, and a whole plethora of ‘boy’ activities, she will be found scribbling notes for her stories, or preparing for another trip to the beach. With an obsession for anything mythical, Melody revels in reading and writing about such creatures
Sachael Dreams is her debut novel, and the first in her New Adult Romantic Fantasy series—the ‘Mine Series’.

To connect with Melody, visit her on her websiteFacebook, and Twitter.