Finding a good editor is like finding a gold mine. Let’s face it, folks, reading a book word by word is tedious stuff. And although my novels have been out for some time, they still had typos and grammatical errors in them—even though they had been read and re-read dozens of times. And then a friend generously offered to edit them again. Here is a man who has a full-time job, and a family to take care of, and yet he did the onerous task of editing my work for FREE.
Some writers might have taken offense at that. “Aw, hell. People are buying the damned things, that’s good enough for a genius like me!” I, however, being grateful for any assistance I can get took him up on his offer. And he did a marvelous job. He not only sent me grammatical corrections but, like a really good editor, he offered a few suggestions for sentence re-structure that made my work more readable. In other words, he was a fine editor and far better than most of the hacks who try to sell editing service.
So, I want to thank him publicly. His name is Barry Stinson and I first met Barry when we both worked in television. We both have also been out of that maelstrom for some period, thank God. It was just by luck, providence, or coincidence that we “connected” again and he made his offer to edit both “Tropical Knights” (now in its 5th and final edition) and “Tropical Daze” (in its 4th and final edition). And, although the process of converting the printed word into electronic form sometimes introduces an error or two, I know now that both of those novels are as well edited as possible and that makes me very proud.
Thanks Barry. You are a jewel in a barrel of life’s stones, and I appreciate your hard work.
(Now, what do you bet, he will send me “corrections” for this piece!)