One great thing about the internet is how easily we can connect with other creative and like-minded people! I recently made a connection via LinkedIn with Bob Coar, a unique comic book creator. I liked his original perspective on current topics and political issues and also enjoyed the artistic style of the illustrations. So, I invited him to be my latest guest blogger & share some insight into his revolutionary world of comics…..
but when we met there was instant rapport. She introduced me to the Turkish spirit Raki, and we got pretty legless on it. At least I did. Vali would have been able to drink most people under the table! Spending glorious afternoons with Vali, filling our glasses and talking about everything under the sun became my ritual every time I traveled to Melbourne from then on. “
As an illustrator, I’ve had the pleasure of working with many authors and publishers, so I know about the importance of editing. One of my most recent clients (and now friend) is the talented Kathryn Nevin (we’re doing a children’s book about her adorable dog Emmie Lou!), who is both an author and professional editor. But being I’m the artist and not the writer, I’ve asked Kathryn to share her views on the need for good editing. Here’s her words about your words….
THE NEED FOR EDITORS
by KATHRYN NEVIN
Lately I’ve been interested in polling internet literature regarding the art of editing. Despite the outright dearth of related articles, what does exist seems to suggest that editorial review is not always necessary, complete with a whole range of tips on “do it yourself” editing. If you’re a good enough writer, most articles suggest, then you just don’t need an editor. Multiple programs to catch spelling and even grammatical errors litter the market. Although the reasons for hiring a professional editor vary, here are three good reasons to seek out editorial review: missing words, extra words, and repeated sentences. No matter how polished the writer, these blunders happen, and that’s where the human touch of editorial services comes in. You simply can’t turn in any document without having it professionally checked by a real-life person. Imagine your chagrin at missing something as simple as a cut and paste error! Imagine losing that job interview or scholarship over simple mistakes.
In addition, only a human reader is qualified to assess meaning. The author knows what she means to say, but does the reader? It’s easy to think we are communicating what we mean to say when we’ve been mulling it over and writing about it for hours or days. But is what you mean to say really coming across? Whether I’m a student or a business magnate, I aim to be understood. It’s crucial to my academic success. It’s paramount to my marketing campaign. I want people to get my message and I want to be sure the message is clear. If my reader grapples with any confusion as to why my notion or product can help them, it’s just not going to sell. I can run my message through spell check and a number of other programs, but the bottom line is: meaning requires human response. There’s just no getting around it. Editors are vital to the writing process and finished product. Without us, you may never know the power and the glory of an author’s intentions.
My online editing business, Eagle-Eye Editing, ensures that these mistakes and blunders will be caught. In addition to correcting spelling and grammatical errors, I have a particular ability to: – clean up clumsy sentence structure – simplify lengthy passages into clear, concise text – transform passive or stilted language into lively, active prose – ensure textual consistency, providing an even flow and tone of language.
Editing, then, is not just about catching mistakes. It’s also about refining and finessing language so that your particular voice as a writer can sail through clearly. My precision-driven style does all of the above, providing exceptional results. I work fast, but with great attention to detail, and always with an eye to achieving your goals.
I’m always happy to provide you with a resume, reviews, and a sample edit of your work to make sure you feel confident about using my service. To reach me, simply send an email to: email@example.com or if you prefer to call, my number is 302-384-3424. And be sure to catch me online at: http://www.facebook.com/eagle.editing. I look forward to working with you!
Kathryn Nevin, MSW
Sneak peak to the up-coming children’s book Kathryn & I are doing…
One of the best things about being a full time freelance artist is creating work for some talented clients from across the globe! Some of my favorite clients to work with are authors as it’s very cool to bring someone’s story to life with artwork! I recently designed a book cover for author “Just Judy” and when we started chatting about what we do, I found her own story so interesting, I invited her to be a guest blogger here….aside from her novels she also compiles stories based on people’s actual family histories and creates unique books just for them! Below she shares her inspiration with us about this fascinating project and included is her contact info. if you’d like to have this done for yourself and your own family…..
Personal History and the Circle of Life
Imagine a special shelf on your bookcase, displaying a few old, faded cloth covers with frayed corners, the packages of words written by your grandmother, or grandfather, or better yet, both. There would be pages filled with their stories of life’s pivotal moments and challenges, their anecdotes of parenthood, a short section for favorite family recipes, and maybe a remembrance of the day you were born: “We became grandparents today,” one would joyously announce. And, there would be pictures, just a few, of times long gone, before the days of images in color. The infant, you, may be sitting in a bassinet in front of your parents. Behind would be two stolid, stone-faced seniors, unfamiliar with this newfangled device called a camera, hiding the wide grin they wear within.
For me, words are music to my soul and art makes my spirit soar. A day spent reading such old cloth covered books would bring a warmth of emotion and a strong sense of what it means to be me and from whence I come. The record of one’s life is a gift that lasts and in the writing of it we gain perspective and strengthen our feeling of self within the larger picture of life.
It’s not all about us. It never was. Every writer of a personal history starts out with information of others, their parents and grandparents, aunts and uncles. We come from a fountain and from us flows new beings. There seems to be no end to this circle of life?
I am a personal historian. This is a new gig for me. I’ve always been a reader and writer, but now I am hooked on life story. I help people mine their memories and record and arrange these images in a logical order. When the writing is complete, we are left with a unique package, so I help coordinate the cover art and short-run printer. Mostly, I keep the project on track and see it through to completion. I know that every life has a story to tell, and the world needs such stories.
If you leave this reading with a mental image of your own special bookshelf and awareness that there is such a thing as a personal historian, then I will be satisfied. There aren’t many of us; six-hundred-fifty members worldwide. But, we are growing. Not everyone is a writer, but everyone has a story to tell. I’m truly excited about this new career. It’s another expression of art and a mode for celebrating and preserving life.
Just Judy, Personal Historian (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Just Judy, Keepers of History (keepersofhistory.com)
Nationwide: The Association of Personal Historians (personalhistorians.org)
It’s not Halloween yet but for those of us in the goth/punk/metal scenes, Halloween is always in season! Thought I’d bring a little chill to you during these hot, summer days so I invited my latest guest blogger, Johnny B. Morbid, to tell us about his unique, horror punk band…read on if you dare…
The NJ-based, horror-themed, metal & punk band Johnny B. Morbid was established in the summer of 2005. They have since supported such acts as The Offspring, Bad Religion, The Misfits, GWAR, Pennywise, The Vandals & many more. They have since released six full length albums independently, all of which are completely written by Johnny aside from some guitar solos and the drum parts. The first five were recorded in a basement and the first three were completely written, recorded and performed by Johnny himself. The first Johnny B. Morbid album ever to be recorded, mixed and mastered professionally was 2013’s “Welcome to Die!” which was made possible by a loyal fan base and a successful Kickstarter campaign. Now approaching their tenth anniversary, Johnny B. Morbid is once again setting out to fund a new album as well as tour van repairs and a music video via Kickstarter! The upcoming album is called “Fall of the Cicada” and will feature ten new tracks plus one bonus track which will only be available on the physical version. Listeners can expect this album to be an audible representation of the final stage of Johnny’s song-writing capabilities which have been evolving steadily since 2005’s “How to Wake the Dead.” This album will smoothly blend elements of punk, power metal, pop punk and death metal while also providing catchy and melodic vocal hooks to leave the listener humming these tunes for days on end. This will only be possible if the Kickstarter is successfully funded by August 23rd, 2014. If the goal is not reached, then the album will unfortunately not happen because Johnny does everything completely on his own. He writes all of the songs, does all promotion, books all of the tours and pays for all fuel, tolls, lodging, merchandise, recording, mixing, mastering, pressing and distribution. It is impossible for Johnny to do this all completely alone which is why Kickstarter can be a very useful tool. For those who are unfamiliar with Kickstarter, it is a fundraising website in which people can financially help support a project they take interest in by selecting different pledge levels rather then just donating. It is a way for people to pre-order the new Johnny B. Morbid album as well as much more such as being able to receive private music lessons via Skype, have Johnny give someone you know a prank call, or be in the Johnny B. Morbid music video just to name a few. Please go check it out for yourself, contribute if you can and share the link so others can see what Johnny has up his sleeve! http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/24477271/johnny-b-morbid-welcome-to-die