Ask the Editor

harvest pumpkinsLiterary agent Chip MacGregor’s “ask the agent” blog posts are some of my favorites, and he’s inspired me to offer the same to my readers.

I’m dedicating my blog posts for the month of November as

Ask the Editor

Any question you may have about writing or editing put in the comments below or email me, Deb [at], and I’ll post answers all next month.

Good luck to all you NaNoWriMo participants. Writing 50,000 words in 30 days is not an easy task, but it’s a fun way to get the first draft of your story written. Here is the NaNoWriMo calendar of events. Check with your local library to see if they are sponsoring any local NaNo events. Or try to find potential meets in your area.

Before you leave, be sure to put your questions for the editor in the comments below.

Happy Halloween!

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  1. I write historical romance. How important is it that all details be historically accurate vs. making it understandable to modern day readers? For instance, most people now days think of dinner as an evening meal. Not so in the 1800s when it was the midday meal.

  2. I am writing a fiction book in first person. Is it okay to have a chapter or chapters written from another person’s POV, but still in first person, as a different perspective on the protagonist?

    • Donna, I’m not quite sure what you mean by “as a different perspective on the protagonist.” Can you clarify so I can be sure I have a full grasp of your question?

      • My protagonist is a young girl, Allison, who wants to be an artist. She does not relate to other students or teachers. I wrote a chapter with the school principal as the speaker, but then I worried about POV, so I redid it in Allison’s voice. However, I don’t feel it was as effective as it was when I told it from the principal’s viewpoint. So is it okay to include some chapters showing what other people think of her?

  3. What are the different kinds of Editing Services provide usually? Example Proof reading, story structure, etc. And what can we expect from each of those? And what are some less common services we may see?

    Also, what clues can help authors in knowing they have a good editor?

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