There’s a great new editor in Cybertown, and you found her!

Uh. What? Is something important happening here? Do I need to pay attention?

Uh. What? Is something important happening here? Do I need to pay attention?

How many times in the past hours days weeks months have you wondered why your favorite dizzy blonde wonkerific blogger hasn’t been posting as frequently as she used to?

Really? You haven’t noticed what I may or may not have or haven’t been doing or not doing? Shizzlesticks in a mudpie!

Well, wake up and smell your smoking motherboard.

It's good to have options.

It’s good to have options.

I’m here to tell you that Lorna is back in Cybertown and she’s been busy being a darned tootin’ fine editor. (By the way, I’m Lorna.)

These are my Professional Editor glasses. I will put them on for the remainder of this post. You WILL notice a difference.

These are my Professional Editor Glasses. I will put them on for the remainder of this post. You WILL notice a difference.

Don’t concern yourself that prior sentences in this post may or may not have been technically grammatically correct or that there were words the Oxford Dictionary hasn’t discovered yet.

I know the difference between how to write a silly blog post and editing a manuscript that will have all the components of a compelling, publish-ready story, complete with:

  • A coherently woven theme.
  • Plot lines that push the reader ever onward and that make sense given the theme and setting.
  • Fully-developed, interesting characters who talk and behave consistently (not necessarily predictably) throughout the book.
  • Characters who change as the story progresses.
  • Prose that is free of distracting errors of any kind, because any mistake (factual or technical) that takes the reader out of the story is never minor.

I also know how to work with authors as they face having to revise, rethink, or (good grief!) delete pieces of their soul’s work because an objective third party (me) suggests that doing so will improve their story.

How do I know?

Yes, do tell. Tell us what you know.

Yes, do tell. How do you know?

I’ve been on the receiving end of the editor’s pen (or cursor). I’ve also critiqued and edited numerous manuscripts. No one has ever told me that I was “heavy-handed” or “over-stepped.” Quite the opposite. To a person, my suggestions were welcomed and received with gratitude.

While I truly enjoy writing, I find editing an equally creative and rewarding process.

  • I get to read interesting stories.
  • I meet and befriend imaginative, wonderful people who share my love of writing, words, and all things literary.
  • Using my creative literary talents, I help others achieve their goals.
  • When a client’s book is successful, I feel a collaborative sense of accomplishment.

When I was searching this humonsterous world-wide-spider-cyberweb for my first editor, I did a seat-of-my-dumb-dumb-pants search. (Can you tell I took my Professional Editing Glasses off? My eye itched.) I could have done worse, but I could have done better. I would love for fewer authors to feel the way I did.

My way of helping to take the mystery out of what you’re getting into when you get into editing bed with me is to show you my work for FREE. Yes, that’s right. Send me the first ten (10) pages of your manuscript and I’ll edit them for FREE. I said it again! If you like my work and my style, let’s work together! If not, well, you got something for nothing–no harm, no foul.

This free offer is looking mighty good right about now!

This free offer is looking mighty good right about now!

If you are an author with a manuscript in need of editing, I’m here to help you.

The badge on my sidebar takes you to my Editorial Services Page. Or you can just click here!  

If you know of an author who is looking for an editor, please consider directing them my way. Please reblog this, Tweet this, post this on Facebook, Linkedin, and all those other social media sites (well, maybe not Tinder).

Thanks to everyone who has supported me here on WordPress over the past 5+ years!
You Peeps are the BEST!

Supportive AND adorable!

Supportive AND adorable!




~ by Lorna's Voice on July 27, 2016.

67 Responses to “There’s a great new editor in Cybertown, and you found her!”

  1. Sigh. I’m with you in heart and spirit, V. ❤

  2. We got my mom on hospice yesterday. All is well. She’s peaceful. Me too. I’ll be in SoCal at least till Monday. Depending…

  3. I have a “hands off” policy when it comes to dangling anythings!

  4. Just don’t pick on my dangling participle, okay? It wasn’t always that way.

  5. Thanks, Russ! Yeah, no. Anyone even a little too close to an edge might not like to hear that they split another infinitive or their serial comma use is questionable. That drives sane people cray-cray. And, oh, passive voice? Forgetaboutit!

  6. It’s nice to see you have editor glasses. I bet you look cute in them too. Four eyes are always better than two. 🙂

    I already have someone who does this nasty little task for me, but I’ll pass your info along to those who are in need of help (except for the ones who are in need of mental help).

  7. You’re so welcome. 🙂

  8. I didn’t know that, Narelle. What happens, happens. I’m in that enviable position of not needing work, so no pressure in my world. 🙂

  9. Great idea, Debby! Thanks! 🙂

  10. Oh! Well there’s a new wrinkle! Lol!

  11. Thanks Lorna. Just keep jotting those ideas that come to mind in a journal until you find there’s enough material to make a book from. 🙂

  12. Congratulations, Lorna! You’re going to make a great editor. I’ve edited about seven books for first time authors. It’s mostly enjoyable and there’s plenty of work in the field.

  13. Who said anything about sitting? 😉

  14. Oh, please keep me in mind, Debby. I love your style! And as for another book…I have a really great idea that just wants to keep rattling around in my head and never ooze out of my fingers. ARG!

  15. Okay, I was wondering why you never advertised before, now I know. Grr, I just missed the boat with you. We’ll talk next book. 🙂 Good luck with that Lorna. I hope you find the time to write another book. 🙂

  16. Awww, thanks. xo

  17. I dunno… my bum goes numb if I sit too long! Lol!

  18. Try it, you’ll love it!

  19. Thanks, D! I’m coming out publically, yes. I’ve edited two novels for a friend and the books have done very well. So I got myself certified and here I am! I can’t edit my own work, but I seem to have a knack for spotting what is needed in other people’s work. Thus was it ever…

  20. Thanks so much, Sweet Izzy! I hope you never get paralyzed by any writing critiques from anyone. There is a way to gently and constructively make suggestions versus blurting out unhelpful and vague comments like “your dialogue sounds fake” or some such thing. Everyone has an opinion, but you need only heed the ones that inspire you to craft a better piece or communicate your message more effectively. You know me–I come from the school of “lift a person up and you are both soaring!” ❤

  21. Something tells me that you have even bigger fish tales to tell than Hemmingway. Get cracking Alfie!

  22. I have vaguely heard of the “rest” concept! Lol!

  23. Please do! Your writing is delightful–what fun any project with you would be! 🙂

  24. Oh, dear! 24 hours is plenty of hours for one day. A Girl’s gotta rest! 😉

  25. Possibly Lorna – but I’m always thinking of more ideas! I often wish for a 72 hour day in which to have time to work on everything! Lol!

  26. Well, this is a fun creative writingly-delicious (so ungrammatically correct) way of telling us of your editing services, Lorna. THANKS. I’m working on a new book (third one), 60 some pages in, but not ready to decide what my first 10 pages are yet. Your offer is so generous and enticing, though. Best of luck – I’ll remember you when the times comes. xo

  27. Nothing, really. Just that Ishmael was already taken.

  28. WOW – sa …. I’m speechless. For as long as I can remember I’ve had this thought in the back of my mind that you’d made a great editor. I have no idea why I never mentioned it to you. Super fabulous news in this post.
    AND … so generous of you to gift everyone a preview read.
    Well, I have about 10 books in my mind. No pages, no organization of thoughts, no nothing. Just lots of short little vignettes. I have been submitting my less that 750 words stories to the web-site WOW and getting critiques. Their scoring is 15. I’ve always received between 13 – 14. BUT … even with that score they tear everything apart. SO SAD … !!! I don’t mind. But, then, I can’t write. How will I get more stories done if I get paralyed.
    Sssooo … Ms. Lorna, when I get it together I would love to send you my first 10 pages. You’ve always been admired by me. I know you’d do a GREAT and very objective job. Good for you … much success … and DO HANG at my blog from time to time.
    With happy tears in my eyes for your happiness …. Hugs, Izzy 😎
    p.s. reblogging on Twitter.

  29. Wow Lorna. Now this is a pleasant surprise. How come this has been a secret? Are you only just ‘coming out’? LOL 🙂

  30. Hmmm. Tell me more. If not here, then email me. Any and all words of wisdom encouraged! 🙂

  31. As a fellow editor, I have one valuable set of advice which so far you apparently haven’t needed – keep a close watch on your sanity, and grab it firmly every time it tries to do a dash.

  32. I would love that, V! 🙂

  33. Keep writing–that is good dementia prevention (I hope). If I ever write another novel I will call on you.

  34. Ha! I think you have plenty on your easel right now, don’t you? 😉

  35. Hugs back!

  36. Oh, heavens, the only way that would happen is if I get dementia! 😉

  37. Thanks so much! I feel the same way about Paulette. She is a treasure. And, yes, I edited To Live Out Loud as well.

  38. Carol, I would love to take a look at your project. It sure sounds intriguing! My second novel is half truth ad half fiction, so I know where you are coming from. I’ll check out the link you shared and reply on your blog. Thanks for responding! Lorna

  39. Thanks so much for your support, C! 🙂

  40. Thanks so much, Gerry! 🙂

  41. Thanks, Olga! 🙂

  42. Best of luck, Lorna!

  43. have tweeted it Lorna, good luck with this venture..

  44. Reblogged this on writerchristophfischer and commented:
    Lorna has helped me as beta reader and friend with several of my novels and her input has been invaluable.

  45. Your generous offer is so intriguing, Lorna. I’m in the process of editing my book manuscript and would love feedback on my first ten pages. I already know I need to make some changes based on comments from one of my friends who volunteered to read the edited draft, now about 35 % complete.

    I’m not sure if it’s a topic you would find interesting – Indian child welfare. The working title is “We Remember What Was and What Could Be: Stories about Ojibwe Child Welfare.” I’m not sure how to characterize the genre. It’s a somewhat fictionalized memoir of a qualitative research study under a pen name to protect the identities of those who shared the stories interwoven into a historical and cultural context. The main character, Agnes, is a younger version of myself drawn from my research notes. If you are interested, I described her in a blog post when I writing the first draft:

    I look forward to hearing from you and send my best wishes,

  46. If Paulette says you’re good – you are! She’s a lady I would trust to tell it exactly how it is. Did you work on her Dreyfus?

  47. Wonderful. Much luck but don’t forget us!

  48. You’re welcome! And besides what else are friends for? You’ve been a big encouragement and inspiration too you know! Your advice, for example, to keep a notebook for each project was priceless! Hugs to you!!!!

  49. You are too kind! All we did is say that we think you’re awesome! You did the rest! I’ve been re-blogging and tweeting about your good news! So proud of you!! Now I want to go write something you’ll have to edit! Lol! Hugs to you!

  50. It’s catchy. But what are you trying to catch? 😉

  51. Eternally grateful for the support and confidence you have in me. We sure do make a great team! 🙂

  52. I’m on it, Al!

  53. You know that you’re special P! No line. No waiting!

  54. Thanks, Dahling! 🙂 ❤

  55. Thanks, Elyse! And, yes, write, write, write. (Versus Right, Right, Right)!!!!

  56. Yup. Lots of creative and sweet people out there–you among them! 🙂

  57. Yes, you and Judy can take credit for putting a fire under my pants on this one! You served up quite a bit of inspiration!

  58. Thanks so much for the support, kindness, and friendship, Sue! You are an inspiration in so many ways. 🙂 ❤

  59. Reblogged this on sue clancy and commented:
    Hey look! A freelance editor friend of mine is going “public” with her editorial-ship-ness! Yea I made up a hyphenated (caffeinated?) word just to play with her mind. You may be thinking “what’s a creative visual artist doing cultivating a friendship with an editor-type?” Well I want to play-well-with-others in the publishing and gallery worlds so it seems a good thing to have my eye’s spotted and my tee’s golfed. Or is that i’s dotted and t’s… See what I mean? Editor’s rule! And Lorna’s a dam* good one – I know because I’ve consulted with her a time or two.

  60. So glad to hear that you’ve pulled up your courageous-colored pants, squared your shoulders and are looking the creative green dragon in the eye! Way to go! Perhaps we should have dinners together more often! Lol! Seriously, all the best to you! I’ll be tweeting your news in a sec… 😉

  61. Glad you’re enjoying the editing business. I do to. Most of the people I’ve met I’ve really enjoyed.

  62. Now I just need to write something! Good luck with this!

  63. Reblogged this on tazziesplace and commented:
    A great editor!

  64. So exciting that you’re OUT for the world to benefit. 🙂 BUT, you better keep a slot open for me without a three year wait!!! 😉

  65. P.S. You absolutely need to run a caption contest on that picture of the two dogs.

  66. Reblogged this on The Persecution of Mildred Dunlap and commented:
    This is my editor. The best!! She’s guided me through TWO BEST sellers with no reader complaints of editing errors. A dream to work with. Highly recommend her.

  67. Didn’t know you were in the “it’s good, but” business. Congrats on that. I am thinking of writing a book. Could you give me your opinion of the first line?….. “Call me Alfie.”

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