Haven’t blogged for a while, which is rather remiss of me, but there is a reason, frankly I’ve been too busy working.
As well as working the usual 9 – 5, or in my case 07:30 to 15:30, I’ve been very fortunate in securing a second job. The job is as a freelance editor, mainly working for Jefferson Franklin Editing, but also a couple of independent pieces. Admittedly I took a second job to pay my son’s rent through university, but for what is possibly the first time ever, I have a job that I love so much is doesn’t feel like work. Even when I am slogging through the worst prose ever, I’d still rather be doing that than working in a office – even though I’m still working in a office and on a laptop, but I’m sure you know what I mean.
I will admit that I suddenly feel a lot less aggrieved by the pile of rejection slips I have in my own filing cabinet. If editors have seen my work in the appalling light that that I’ve viewed some of my authors work, then I’m not surprised I have a pile of rejections. I have to say though, that some of the work I’ve gone through has been utterly brilliant. As well as full edits, JFE also offer free sample edits, and I’ve done a few of those too, three of the ones I edited were so fresh and original that I really hope the full manuscripts come in.
Most of what I’ve edited have been children’s or crime fiction, one even a children’s crime novel – that was fun. As I specialise in writing crime, this has been a somewhat eye opening experience. Given the wide variety of crime possibilities out there, maybe my sticking to the police procedural and private eye formula is a risk at the formulaic? Maybe, but I love it, besides all my best characters have arisen from stories where they weren’t even meant to be the main focus. Still, more on that next time, and I promise to write sooner.