by Bert Carson
Rebecca T. Dickson, my editor and the woman who is really going to be ticked when she sees that I snatched this photo off her Facebook page - too bad - Facebook isn't a place for things you don't want to share with the world. Besides, when you're that beautiful you shouldn't mind a bit.
I know for a fact, and I wish I didn't, that all editors aren't created equal, at least, their work isn't equal.
I've had the same number of editors as wives. And just like my fourth wife, Christina, my fourth editor, Rebecca, is the charm. I could write a glowing testimonial, like the ones on her testimonial page. But that's been done, and I'm in the wonderful position of being able to "show" rather than tell. So that's what I'm going to do.
Thursday Becky started editing LESSONS LEARNED, my latest novel. Friday, as practice for narrating the book, I recorded the first three chapters of the original manuscript. Last night (Saturday) Becky sent the first ten edited chapters back to me. Now, I'm going to record the first two edited chapters, and I'm going to insert both for you to hear her work and decide if she is the editor you would like to walk down the aisle with.
Chapter One - Unedited
Chapter One - Edited
Chapter Two - Unedited
Chapter Two - Edited
I've come to know, the hard way, that the editor is the magic in the book. To spend all those hours writing a book and publish it without having an editor wave the magic wand over it, is akin to building a house without a foundation.
If you'd like to contact Becky, here's her email address