Getting Started for Authors Tip: It is Easier to Criticize Than to Create

The 31 Days of Author Tips features the advice from Jenn Grace and other authors, publishers, and people in the writing industry. From hearing Publish Your Purpose Press Founder and CEO,  Jenn T. Grace, you’ll learn the basics of the writing process as well as more intricate details and tips not found anywhere else. You’ll learn how to be better prepared when you set out to write your story. Whether you are writing a memoir or any non-fiction where a piece of your story is shared, you’ll be better equipped for success after having listened to these tips.

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Author Tip Transcript

Guest Tipster:  Heather Habelka, Director of Editorial

It’s scary and daunting to put your story on paper or present your thoughts about a controversial issue into a book. When you pour your heart and soul into writing a book, just know that somebody is going to have something to say about it. Be prepared to hear criticism or feedback or extraordinary praise.

Sometimes the most criticism comes from within. Give yourself a break. You have the courage to tackle the project. Know that you have (or will build) a team of people behind you that are supportive. Your team should include people that are honest and gentle, thorough, and focused on your approach to the story/topic.

Editors can polish your work; help it shine into something beautiful. PYP’s editorial team is fiercely protective of the author’s voice. When searching for an editor, ask questions about what is important to you… How are you going to adapt to my style of writing? How will the editing process alter my voice or message? – Find an editor that can slip into your voice and edit in your style, protect your voice, intention and overall message, and hold true to what the author’s purpose is.

The author/publisher relationship has to be strong. The author/editor relationship is critical to the success of your book. An editor can help an author dream beyond what they’ve been doing.

PYP is different in that Heather will provide recommendations but ultimately the author will decide if the author wants to accept or reject the edits. Traditional publishing houses typically take a manuscript and the author has to accept the editor’s version and changes. When searching for a publisher and/or editor, question how the process works. Make your selection based on what you find comfortable and preferred.

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