If you're familiar with the Story Grid podcast with Tim Grahl and Shawn Coyne, you won't need an introduction to my editing style. I'm a Story Grid Certified Editor, so I use the same tools that Shawn uses while editing TIm's novel on the podcast. I look for genre conventions and overall story arc, as well as scene-level movement forward.
You can join me on my blog for a deep dive into all of these things as I revise some of my old manuscripts with the help of Story Grid. While you can buy a copy of The Story Grid on Amazon or from Black Irish Books, practically the entire book is available for free on Shawn's blog. If you listen to the podcast, read through the articles, and take the time to analyze (otherwise known as “rip apart”) your work in just the way that Shawn describes–you can edit your book in exactly the same way that Shawn would. Since Shawn isn't exactly available to edit all of our books, that would be a reasonable course of action for any writer who wants to put out the absolute best book possible.
Except that sometimes we all benefit from an arms' length assessment of our work. For a more comprehensive description of what a Story Grid editor can do to help, you can check out my business website at Apollo Grannus Books.
- we can talk about your work for a solid half hour on the phone. if you're stuck, confused, frustrated–let's get on a call and see if I can help you to navigate the writing and editing process. Visit my business website or just click over to my contact page and send me a note. I'll send you my scheduling calendar and we can have a chat. No obligation. All the Story Grid stuff is available for you for free on the website, but maybe I can help get you unstuck!
- do you have a complete manuscript? I'll read the whole thing and then we'll have an hour-long call. I'll write up an editorial letter that you can use to get you through your edits.
- are you at the beginning, the middle, or just in a quagmire of confusion? Then you need a developmental editor! We can talk every week while you write forward and FINISH your book. I'll give you specific direction so you can get this baby done!
Or you can join my mailing list while I rip apart my own work, and see if any of it can be applied to your own! You can also just listen to Tim and Shawn's podcast, where they do the same thing with Tim's book. The help is out there for you–I wish I had had these resources 15 years ago when I was floundering through my first several novels, but c'est la vie…I'm glad to be writing at this time in history!