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Delay on My Book by tucsonmike on 8 June 2008 2:49am
 
With two chapters to edit, I was given a new editor. My writing colleagues are not sympathetic. They see it as I have had it too easy...
Sue, I sent Griffith to my publisher on a whim. They may work with it.
 
Re: Delay on My Book by mrsthing on 8 June 2008 6:04pm
 
ACK! Only two chapters from a final draft? That's crazy! I hope the new editor is as good as or better than the first one, and doesn't make you start over from scratch.
 
Re: Delay on My Book by johnnythemonkey on 8 June 2008 10:06pm
 
I'm almost finished writing my first book. It's a novel set in Glasgow in the seventies, it's probably rubbish but I'll show it to my friend Alan, who has had two successful books published ( quite proud of him, very little formal education ).
 
Re: Delay on My Book by tucsonmike on 9 June 2008 6:07am
 
Johnny what did your friend write? I'll see if I can find them. You should try and write what you would like. You never know.

Judy, we will see what happens, I have my fingers crossed.
 
Re: Delay on My Book by johnnythemonkey on 9 June 2008 6:16am
 
Here's the first link I found to Alan's book Mike. I could'nt get into his second one but don't tell him I said so !
http://www.amazon.co.uk/Tar-Factory-Alan-Kelly/dp/1842820508
 
Re: Delay on My Book by suzulu on 9 June 2008 8:14am
 
Good luck with 'Griffith', Mike!

'The Tar Factory' looks interesting, Johnny!
 
Re: Delay on My Book by johnnythemonkey on 9 June 2008 8:32am
 
On that link Sue, I noted that Des Dillon gave a review. Des is the man that inspired Alan to take up writing, he is an author also but his protege has made him proud. Alan works as a school caretaker, jannie as he would say and he is one of the most genuine guys you could ever meet. We once met up in Greece.....long story.
 
Re: Delay on My Book by suzulu on 9 June 2008 12:58pm
 
Really good reviews. A 'must have' book by the sounds of it.
 
Re: Delay on My Book by mrsthing on 9 June 2008 1:19pm
 
Johnny--a good editor can make a world of difference. My husband edited "The Whole Internet" back in the early 90s. It was one of the first books about the Internet. The author was a fount of information, but he basically delivered brain dumps to my husband, who then rewrote and reorganized them into the book. It sold incredibly well--for a technical book, it was astronomical. It turned up on the New York Times' "100 Bestselling Books of the 20th Century". Part of that was timing--it came at a time when regular people (like you and me, not software developers and techies) had just started using this "internet" thing and were crazy to get more information. But part of it was also my husband's skill as an editor.

I don't know how that translates into fiction, though. You wouldn't want an editor doing a lot of rewriting or reorg on a novel, I would think. But a good editor could certainly burn off the dross and make your book tighter and a better read for the audience you're aiming at.

Still, I get a mental picture of Johnny in an editor's office, smoking unapologetically, saying, "You can't change that, you bastard!" LOL!
 
Re: Delay on My Book by johnnythemonkey on 9 June 2008 2:23pm
 
LOL Judy, you really have me summed up. No-one will ever see the book, I know it's crap.......I'm an honest critic.
 
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