Q: What has writing taught you as an editor?
A: I am learning how to be more focused on readers and writers—on people. I have an amazing editor, Ami McConnell, who has an incredible capacity to love readers and the writers serving them. Before I started writing, I hadn’t fully considered how such a sincere respect for these people could inform an editorial point of view so effectively. My editorial emphasis has always been on the story rather than on the ..read more
Q: How can I get a review copy of your book?
A: If you are a committed book-review blogger, join my publisher’s Booksneeze program. Booksneeze distributes hundreds of books to bloggers a few weeks before each title’s release in exchange for posted reviews expressing your honest opinion.
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Q: How did you and Ted start writing together?
A: Ted and I were an author-editor team for many years before we wrote Kiss and Burn. Ted and I made a good team because we have healthy respect for each other’s skills. Ted’s most recent novels have become increasingly dark and violent, so they have alienated a handful of his early readers. He desired to recapture these readers with stories that were more similar to early favorites such as, Blink of ..read more
Q: What are the “thin places” you like to explore in your novels?
A: If you’ve read C. S. Lewis or anything about Irish history, you’ll know that “thin places” is a Celtic idea. It describes locations in the world where the veil between physical and spiritual realities is so thin that a person can see through it—or perhaps even step between the worlds. Figuratively speaking, thin places represent moments of spiritual revelation, a connection between the seen and unseen elements ..read more
Q: Are you available to read my manuscript?
A: Sorry, but my editorial work is presently limited to projects I’m hired to do for royalty publishers.
Q: What should I do if I want to become an editor?
A: Read everything you can get your hands on. Read broadly across genres and media. Read books about how to write well.
Keep a journal or blog about what you read. Name what you like and dislike about the material and (more important) try to examine why. ..read more
Q: What does it take to get published these days?
A: Every author’s journey to publishing is unique and requires patience. It’s important to find an agent who can place your manuscript in the hands of acquisitions editors. Finding an agent to take your work can be as difficult as finding a publisher, but agents are on the lookout for new talent. Study the agent listings in market guides and explore agent Web sites to find those who represent manuscripts in the ..read more