Need an editor? You need a strong job description

As a freelance editor, I search for jobs on various platforms where people post RFPs (requests for proposals) for editorial work they need done. I filter the jobs I review, but even with my filters, click here I skim at least 100 job descriptions/RFPs each day. When I come across a job that sounds interesting (i.e., when it has a good, descriptive headline), I stop scrolling and read the description.

go to link The following are examples of bad RFPs (but unfortunately, also very common ones):

  • I need my book edited.
  • I need an editor for my fiction novel. [Editor’s note: a novel is ALWAYS fiction.]
  • I’m looking for a great editor that can help me with my novel.
  • I am looking for someone to edit and check for grammatical errors.

Do you think any of those descriptions help me figure out (a) what kind of work the book actually needs and (b) if I’m a good fit for the job? If you said, “Nope, Sharon, I don’t think they do,” you’d be 100% correct. They don’t.

So, in an effort to make everybody’s life a little easier, buy viagra cheap I’m going to share with you what I (and I assume other editors) would love to see in a job description. Ready? Please take notes. Please share this. We must stop the madness that is “Edit my book.” (I saw that job description today.)

Here are the elements that your job description/RFP should include: (more…)

Writing Tips: Small Moments, Big Impact

As I’ve mentioned before, I’m an editor and a writer. I self-published one of my novels in 2014 (see the “My Book” tab), and I have another that’s in the revision stages and one that I’m currently writing. I think working on both sides of the editorial fence—writing and editing—enables me to really relate to a writer’s struggles and help them bring their work up to the level they envisioned when they began writing it. I also think it helps me offer tips, which is what I want to do with this post. (Stay with me–the following story sets up the writing tip.)


Richard Fox Won a Dragon Award — I’m His Editor!

Dragon Award Winner 2017

Richard Fox writes military sci-fi novels, and I’ve been editing his books for years now, from the beginning of the Ember War series to the new Albion Lost and Iron Dragoon series he’s currently writing. I am so excited to report that Iron Dragoons won the Dragon Award for Military Sci-Fi or Fantasy Novel! Richard is in the company of legends such as Rick Riordan, Harry Turtledove, and Cory Doctorow, who also won this year. 

If you like this genre, check out Iron Dragoons and see what all the fuss is about.

If you’re a writer looking for an editor to help you take your book to the next level, reach out. Leave a comment or send me an email at and  let’s chat about your book.

You’re the author. I’m the editor: Respecting the difference

Hey, writers … ever wondered what would happen if you and your editor didn’t see eye to eye on every aspect of your book? This post is for you.

I recently–and successfully–finished editing a romance with some magical realism elements. My client’s happy and moving on with publication, but I can’t tell you how many times I read and reread their last email to me. I can’t tell you either how many times I constructed a reply in my mind, typed the reply, deleted the reply, and then wrote it again, only to delete it for good.

Sometimes, I just have to let them go.

I had a couple hurdles with this particular client. (I’m keeping my references to this client gender neutral to respect their privacy.) (more…)

A Writing Lesson: The Drifter (A Peter Ash Novel) – Incorporating Sarcasm

I wrote a post a while ago discussing the importance of being an active reader if you’re a writer. Please notice, I said “active” reader—not just a reader.

If you want to read actively, you need to pay attention to the way a writer writes. You need to notice the subtle as well as the obvious choices the writer makes to convey the tone, the mood, the theme, and the whole big story they’re telling.

In my last couple posts, I shared with you some well-written examples of figurative language taken from All the Light We Cannot See, the Pulitzer Prize–winning novel by Anthony Doerr. Today, I want to look at a very different book written by a different kind of writer: The Drifter (A Peter Ash Novel) by Nick Petrie. And instead of looking at imagery, we’re going to look at some examples of dry, sarcastic humor. (more…)