For the first time since becoming a professional editor, I have some inkling of how an author feels when they receive a rejection slip or a bad review.

More often than not, when I provide a sample edit, I am asked to complete the work unless my schedule doesn’t allow me to meet the author’s deadline for publishing.

This morning I’m gutted to lose out on a project that I was incredibly excited about and for reasons that are unclear – possibly a misunderstanding on the part of the author.  I completed the sample edit last weekend and received positive feedback “…your comments were spot on.” and was thrilled at the prospect of working on this novel as it is set, at least in the beginning, in a location that is close to my heart and which I visit regularly.

For all those authors who’ve experienced this feeling, you have my sympathy.

April 18th, 2019 by