The Editor Connection

Silverville Swindle, The Editor Connection Blog Post

In my last post, I talked about how interconnected publishing is!

I talked about all the amazing people I’ve met in my life who are now helping me, people I never would have thought to ask before I started this process.

My Editor is just one such person. Originally, I researched editors and reached out to see who I could hire. You can read here how well that went. It felt something like mud in the face while riding my motorcycle. Ouch!

But then I reached out to an English Professor of mine from college who is published. I asked for his advice on the Editor issue. This is where my research failed me and other people amazed me. If I’d been paying attention, I would have realized Mark Todd’s wife was an editor. I knew he was co-authors with his wife but my digging stopped there.

Mark gave me wonderful advice about the type of editing I needed (there are several types), and then went a step further and offered to connect me with his wife, Kym. Tears and much joyous jumping up and down ensued. It’s probably a good thing I didn’t record it. It might have been a bit embarrassing =)

Now The Adventure is edited and I couldn’t be happier with how honest and straightforward and kind Kym is in her work.

Here’s my chance to pay the kindness back.

As I said, Mark and Kym are published authors. Their writing is fun, irreverent and sometimes spooky =)

My first introduction to their books came by way of the Silverville Swindle (Now Little Green Men). (Colorado folks, you might recognize some of the characters in this story and you’ll probably be chuckling at how accurate and irritating some of them are!)

This book is followed by The Magicke Outhouse and All Plucked Up to make up the Silverville Saga.

Then there’s poetry if that’s your style… Wire Song and Tamped, But Loose Enough to Breathe

And there’s a ghost hunting guide in Wild West Ghosts

Like I said, fun, irreverent and sometimes spooky!

Check out Mark Todd and Kym O’Connell-Todd here: Write in the Thick of Things (Word-of-Mouth is the best way to support authors. Pass on their books if you enjoy them!)

Who do you like to read? Please share below. I’m always looking for new stories to get lost in.

Blessings,

Jennifer M Zeiger

(P.S. Thank you, Mark and Kym, for all your support!)

 

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The Value of People Amidst the Chaos

I would never have learned to ride a motorcycle without the support of certain key people. Fear and the resistance of time played too strongly in my mind for me to break through that barrier all by my lonesome self.

I’m not a bold person by nature. So my husband finding a motorcycle I could touch the ground on happened because he cared enough about my dreams to urge me forward.

Likewise, taking the class to learn happened because my neighbor wanted to learn as well, and she loved the idea of hanging out together. She encouraged me on when the bike flew from under me and I hit the ground.

This reminds me strongly of the verses in the Bible that say, “Two are better than one…For if they fall, one will lift up his companion. But woe to him who is alone when he falls, for he has no one to help him up.” (Ecclesiastes 4:9-10)

Whether you believe in the Bible or not, there’s a lot of truth in those verses. Our society emphasizes personal strength. We glorify the person who did something on his or her own, but we often forget the quiet supporters who stood behind the person and urged him on when the storms threatened to drown him.

This creates a false image in our minds of what true strength looks like. We think achievements must be all our own or we’ve somehow failed. This sets us up to fall…and often we’re alone when we hit the ground.

This past week has emphasized the power behind having a team as opposed to going it alone. We are made for connection.

I wrote last week about my struggle. The Fligiwagit! moment when I received yet another rejection and the tears that followed.

It was my husband in that moment who encouraged me past the tears. It was my dad who started asking questions about who else I might look at for editing. It was a friend who offered to lay a fresh set of eyes on the manuscript for Moonrise Mountain.

I could go on. There were numerous people who saw my bleeding knees and reached to pick me up.

As Jeff Goins encourages, I’m finding my tribe. And, since last week, I’ve found an editor and continue to move forward. All because of the people encouraging me on.

People are beautiful and amazing. Don’t hesitate to reach out. Bring them along side you in your dreams and you’ll be amazed at the joy it can bring.

Blessings,

Jennifer