14 Nov 2014

The people behind the scenes: My editors

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Since my usual editor, Deborah Wall is travelling the world and spends her time teaching English to people with even greater need of her talent than me, I had to find someone to replace her before I was able to publish “Conditions“.

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Wanda Hartzenberg is an avid reader, ( On Goodreads she is currently listed as:
#18 top reader #1 top reviewer #12 best reviewer)

she is head of several review groups (Wanda’s Amazing Amazon Reviewers on Facebook for example https://www.facebook.com/groups/328607697211329/ and WaAr Reviewer Reward Group https://www.facebook.com/groups/1395755427335631/ ).

She has also co-written The Struggle of Me and released her short story Suicide Song.

Wanda advised me on my writing style, the plot holes and the missing details, criticised characters and specific scenes and gave me some good suggestions as how to resolve some of the issues that needed attention. Years of writing and reading experience paid off and our exchange was incredibly fruitful and inspiring for me.

Feel free to contact her on  email: wandahart@vodamail.co.za
On Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/WandaPanda
her website http://authorsallies.com/
or via twitter, her username is WandPand 

Armed with Wanda Hartzenberg’s annotations and corrections I went to David Lawlor, an Associate Editor of The Herald newspaper in Ireland. David has written three historical fiction novels, Tan, The Golden Grave an A Time of Traitors, set in the 1920s during the Irish War of Independence and following the character Liam Mannion. He is a talented author  and I know him originally from reading his historical novels – here is a link to an interview with him about The Golden Grave. He is also an active blogger historywithatwist.wordpress.com and has become a good online friend. 378344b681016d439abdb1cc95ee7c03 He ‘s recently taken up editing (see http://historywithatwist.wordpress.com/editorial-services/) and he sample edited three chapters for me  – fast and with impressive results – before presenting me with a reasonable quote. Obviously thanks to Wanda’s help the novel was in a good shape. I’ve been shopping around on the Internet long enough to know how much editing can cost, just on a grammar and punctuation level. David made also excellent suggestions (I didn’t take all of them, so don’t blame him if there’s something you didn’t like in “Conditions” ). This is the reference I wrote for him:

I knew David’s high standard of writing from reading and reviewing his novels and took him up on the offer to sample edit the beginning of my new book. I was very impressed with his engagement with the story and the characters and with the quality of his suggestions, just on the comparatively little that he had read of the story. His subsequent edit was thoughtful and incredibly helpful and highlighted some minor and some larger areas that needed improvement. Reading his detailed suggestions and opinion of the novel motivated me highly to go back and make changes, adding scenes and dropping what wasn’t needed.  It’s been a very stimulating and productive experience and process. David has a great way with words and knows how to deliver a very honest critique and keep your enthusiasm at the same time. His services were competitively priced and his turn around was fast and efficient. I learned a lot from the experience and can only recommend him.

His editing services: http://historywithatwist.wordpress.com/editorial-services/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/david.lawlor.9404
Twitter: @LawlorDavid
Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7059828.David_Lawlor
Blog: historywithatwist.wordpress.com

1538883_10152169929789903_1791016517_nI must once again mention my amazing cover designer Daz Smith (link to an interview with him) who effortlessly put together covers that have been complimented on from day one. http://www.nethed.com/book-covers/

Contact details:
email: darryl@nethed.com
website: www.nethed.com
phone: 07766655631
twitter: @remoteviewed
facebook: www.facebook.com/eightmartinis Flikr: https://www.flickr.com/photos/dazsmithpics/ Book Marketing2time-to-let-go-cover-large(r) Luck of the Wassersteins518b+tsOd9L._BO2,204,203,200_PIsitb-sticker-v3-big,TopRight,0,-55_SX278_SY278_PIkin4,BottomRight,1,22_AA300_SH20_OU01_

Last but not least I must mention Alice Trego, who also offers editing services and can be contacted via email alicetrego@me.com
Her website alicetregoedits.com is still undergoing construction work.
I can thoroughly recommend her services. Alice helped me with my newest bookalice-d-trego “In Search of a Revolution” as beta reader and made some excellent suggestions for the book and my writing. 




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