My first assignment editing for WiDo Publishing was with a young man named Gardner "Bud" Browning. He had submitted a long work of about 130,000 words that had exciting potential. First, however, the submissions editor asked him to cut it down by quite a bit (like 50k words!) and change the focus to YA. He graciously complied *note to prospective writers wanting publication* and before long, she had this ms. in hand that was much improved and more in line with how she saw its focus and demographic.
A contract was offered and signed. "Cerulean Isle" by G.M. Browning was scheduled for publication by WiDo, and yours truly asked to edit it. Yay!!
A brief summary of "Cerulean Isle":
Jacob, a Cuban boy, is sold into piracy where he discovers a rare talent with the dagger that gives him a chance for escape. He and his friend Grant, a young pirate with a thieving background and a desire to belong, embark on an adventure that takes them to Cerulean Isle, the abode of a supposedly mythical tribe of Mer People. YA novel CERULEAN ISLE by G. M. Browning is a captivating story of love, loss, adventure and fantasy.
As we approach final edits, I encouraged Bud to get involved with social media, one effective way to help find an audience for this excellent and exciting book. Being the gracious person he is, willing to try whatever his editor suggests, *note to writers currently in editing* he immediately set up his blog, Fiction Addiction. In his first post he introduces himself, mentions his amazing editor *ahem* and talks about his time as a professional wrestler.
I hope that many of you will visit this multi-talented guy at his brand new blog and welcome him to the wonderful world of blogging writers!
"Never give up. And most importantly, be true to yourself. Write from your heart, in your own voice, and about what you believe in." ~ Louise Brown
"Write something to suit yourself and many people will like it; write something to suit everybody and scarcely anyone will care for it." ~Jesse Stuart
"A writer's job is to take one thing and make it stand for twenty." ~ Virginia Woolf