To Edit an eBook

Three cheers for all!  My second edit is finished!  Now on to demo-reading!  In celebration of this, I bring to you an exploration into every successful author’s second-hand human.

Jesus longs to bless his people with men and women of like-mind and skill to bring creative ideas to pass.  Such is the case when I partnered with my editor.  While people wait, with baited breath, I hope, for the esteemed work of Void Voyage 1 to hit the market, let me introduce you to one of the people making it possible.

Erin Statham is a First grade teacher by day, and a long-winded dreamer by night.

I met her many moons ago at a prosperous church on the western rim of Shreveport, Louisiana.  We shared a distinct love for fiction, namely Ted Dekker.  Those were simpler times.

About a year ago, I sent her a fairytale fantasy of mine to see how she would take it.  Her expertise in English, and knowledge of literature won me over!

When I switched projects from the past to the future, Erin was hired!  She was quite ecstatic to read an original sci-fi novella… and get paid to do it, besides!  Seventy-seven pages later (now up to one hundred) she grew a bit richer; and I grew all the wiser from her expertise and skill.  No mossy rock was left unturned, no misspellings or grammatical errors left unchecked.

Funny thing is, she isn’t a fan of sci-fi.  I was happy to discover that, despite this, she loved my space-faring adventure set on Mars!  This is no small thing to hear from one verbose of many words and opinions (another reason I hired her).

I hope all you non-geeks are listening out there!  Take her word for it; Void Voyage 1 has her stamp of approval—now that I’ve fixed all those grammatical and spelling errors of course.

On another note, all you perfectionists out there have probably noticed that this post is grammatically clean, and rightly so!  Three cheers for my editor, whose giddy fingers made it possible.  All my previous English teachers (including my mother) will also be happy to know that Erin has agreed to edit other posts, taking every pesky error to task, and teaching me a few grammatical things in the process.  That’s what I call a win-win right there!

The only downside in this venture is that it is taking more time than I anticipated to actually finish the book.  Things are getting done, though.  As I mentioned above I’m finished with the editing process and moving on to my demo-readers.

So… about that expected due date… it has been moved again to mid June… about the same time as the infamously delayed  video game Duke Nukem Forever, which has been in production for over 14 years.  A three month delay is peanuts in comparison!

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In other news… one of he best games I’ve played this year has released its soundtrack as a free download!  Any electronica music-lovers should check out Portal 2’s music.

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