There is a biblical proverb reading, “He who finds a wife finds a good thing…” The same truth can be applied to editors. Finding a good editor is a blessing—every writer needs one. True, not all editors are created equal. But having worked with the same editor on all my books, including my latest novel—McFadden’s War—I readily admit she has made me a better writer. There is an army of editors out there but how does one know who is best suited to handle your manuscript? A simple test like my editor proposed at our first meeting might serve you best. After cordial introductions she suggested that I give her the first chapter to review. We agreed she would edit it and give it back to me. I was to look over her edits, make suggested changes I agreed with, and return the “new” version to her. That exercise achieved three things: She got a taste of my writing style and how I handled her critique, and I experienced her editing hand. After studying her notes I made every one of her recommended change and returned the now-revised chapter. She was pleased to see I accepted her edits and I was satisfied at the way the amended chapter flowed. My search for an editor ended after that simple exercise and we’ve been working together since then.
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